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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As a neuroscience grad student fed up with the implicit sexism and low scientific standards I keep seeing in the field of sex differences, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who cares about either gender equality or just good science. I read it cover to cover. It's great. I also use it as a very convenient literature review of studies about gender bias.  

Contents

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