Delusions of Gender has ratings and reviews. Cordelia Fine, a psychologist, decided to write this book after discovering her son’s kindergarten. In Delusions of Gender the psychologist Cordelia Fine exposes the bad science, the ridiculous arguments and the persistent biases that blind. fascinating on the blurring of the line between pathological delusions and the Cordelia Fine is a Research Associate at the Centre for Agency, Values and.

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I had to set the book aside when I read that, because it explained dlusions much about things I’ve struggled with: Mental schema organise complex experiences into types of things so that we can process data efficiently, allowing us, for example, to recognise something as a chair without having to notice every detail.

Fine has plenty more to say about how shoddy a lot of the research is, how biased the interpretations of it, and so on. Yet until a century ago, it was normal for all under-5s to be dressed similarly white dressesand when colours became common, it was strong red or pink for boys and pretty blue for girls.

Fine, who works in psychology and appears to know the literature well, demonstrates that this story absolutely fails to stand up to critical examination. Genes only lead to traits through interaction with environment.

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Make it required reading, not only in gender studies, but in freshman sociology, biology, education and business courses. Given the nature of the book, I assume her research was thoroughly done, but there’s still a distinct rhetorical strategy corddelia the final work and I couldn’t stop wondering if that had shaped the results presented.

The deeper the rotten belief sits, the more satisfying the pop when it is wrenched out. All in all, I have benefited greatly from this book.

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine

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I know a fair amount about this from personal experience; my older son is autistic, and I have spent a large part of my life interacting with chessplayers, computer scientists, mathematicians, and other groups where Asperger’s types turn out to be common.

The male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems. In contemporary society we often cling to dine made by people with scientific backgrounds, even though some of those claims have no legitimate support.

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Women report more empathetic ability than men do, but in in real-life situations, no gender differences in mind-reading have been found. The male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems,” writes Professor Simon Baron-Cohenwhile the neuroscientist Louann Delusilns describes a “female brain” and a “male brain” forever divided by their genetic destinies.

These changes in surroundings, which would seem insignificant to you and me, can affect our brains so drastically that they seep into our performance on tasks and our perceptions of genfer.

It may very celusions turn out that women are superior to men, but they can’t simultaneously be better and the same. It would be interesting, however, if she wrote a sequel with a wider focus.

Do women really empathize more th If I had a dollar for every de,usions someone deluions requested me on Goodreads because of my gender “a guy who reads? Not even the Bem children could avoid it altogether. Seuss’s 42 books has a female lead in its central story; a study of 41 Caldecott winners and runners-up from to “found that female characters were most commonly deluskons as beautiful, frightened, worthy, sweet, weakand scaredwhile male characters were big, horrible, fierce, great, terrible, furious, braveand proud.

Stereotypes also operate in the home, where men are conditioned to believe themselves incompetent the hunter brings home the the carcass and collapses to stare into the fire unless jar-opening brawn or plug-wiring brains are required.

Gender, however, is in the mind, fixed in place by the way we store information. In a study showing evidence in favor of biological explanations for gender differences in behavior, the author would rightly lambaste the study for using self-reports valid evidence.


To be fair, my mother’s the exception, one of those who really did like doing stuff like that, a trait I have most certainly neither inherited nor acquired. Biology can be said to define possibilities but not determine them; it is never irrelevant but it is also not determinant”‘ As someone who works in the humanities and not the sciences, I did learn a lot from this book, particularly in terms of how to interpret or not neuroscientific data.

Fine quotes a researcher, Emily Kane: Firstly, the author veers to the verbose side, and secondly, the book pays A spirited debunking of the perennial claims that women are different and usually, it so happens that this difference is in truth inferiority from men because SCIENCE.

A boy who chose to wear barrettes to school was reminded by other children that barrettes are for girls. But then Fine tells us about the Bems, psychologists who, in the s, decided to try gender-neutral parenting seriously.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference

This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat It’s not enough to just offer our children toys stereotypically associated with the opposing gender, especially when gender distinctions arise so soon. It’s so easy lf believe in the myth and Cordelia Fine does an excellent job of outlining why this is a myth and why the scientific methodologies and experiments behind studies that supposedly prove that men and women are inherently different are so often flawed.

Like when she talks about a study that found gender differences in babies who are delusios one day old.