Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences

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Icon Books Ltd, Feb 1, 2005 - Science - 300 pages
THE BRILLIANT AND HUGELY INFLUENTIAL BOOK BY THE WINNER OF THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOKS PRIZE

‘Fun, droll yet deeply serious.’ New Scientist
‘A brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences ... Read her, enjoy and learn.’ Hilary Rose, THES
‘A witty and meticulously researched exposé of the sloppy studies that pass for scientific evidence in so many of today’s bestselling books on sex differences.’ Carol Tavris, TLS


Gender inequalities are increasingly defended by citing hard-wired differences between the male and female brain. That’s why, we’re told, there are so few women in science, so few men in the laundry room – different brains are just suited to different things.

With sparkling wit and humour, Cordelia Fine attacks this ‘neurosexism’, revealing the mind’s remarkable plasticity, the substantial influence of culture on identity, and the malleability of what we consider to be ‘hardwired’ difference.

This modern classic shows the surprising extent to which boys and girls, men and women are made – not born.
 

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User Review  - Calavari - LibraryThing

Just as the title makes it sound, this book debunks many of the popular theories on the differences between men and women, girls and boys and their respective brains. The main message is that gender ... Read full review

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Men aren't from Mars; women aren't from Venus. Ms. Fine's work is a witty, insightful, and healthily skeptical look at the science of gender studies. As a father of twins who'd like to do whatever ... Read full review

Contents

Cover
PART 1
Preconceptions and Postconceptions
Gender Education
HALFCHANGED WORLD HALFCHANGED MINDS
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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Cordelia Fine is a Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of much-acclaimed A Mind of Its Own (Icon, 2006) and Testosterone Rex (Icon, 2017).

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