Delusions of Gender : The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Paperback
This is a vehement attack on the latest pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes - with the scientific evidence to back it up.
Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles increasingly defend inequalities by citing immutable biological differences between the male and female brain.
Why are there so few women in science and engineering, so few men in the laundry room?
Well, they say, it's our brains. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology, "Delusions of Gender" rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, help perpetuate the status quo.
Cordelia Fine reveals the mind's remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider 'hardwired' is actually malleable.
This startling, original and witty book shows the surprising extent to which boys and girls, men and women are made - and not born.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/02/2011
- Category: Psychology of gender
- ISBN: 9781848312203
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Review by h_d
It's a pity that I always go into books like this with a mopy teenagery disposition, expecting a slog of a read where the information leaks out of your nose as it penetrates your brain, because this turned out to be not only extremely interesting, but also immensely enjoyable. The author has a great sense of humour in approaching some out-dated (and re-enforced even today) views on the biological hardwiring of men and women. <br/><br/>There's not a lot in here that shocks or surprises, but it did make me think at length about the impact social stereotyping has on gendering men and women. It reminded me of something in <I>Vindication of the Rights of Women</I> where Wollstencroft talked about the false education of women constructed to suppress their natural attributes in favour of teaching them to flatter the desires of men (like, I dunno, how to sew them a posh collar or su'ink). We may not have that degree of false education these days, but there's still a lot of subconscious (and intentional) prodding of girls towards girliness (and boys away from Barbie dolls).<br/><br/>So, yes, it made me think about a lot of stuff to which I sadly don’t give enough consideration. What with all the baking and sewing dresses… <br/>