In Delusions of Gender the psychologist Cordelia Fine exposes the bad science, the ridiculous arguments and the persistent biases that blind. Delusions of Gender has ratings and reviews. Cordelia Fine, a psychologist, decided to write this book after discovering her son’s kindergarten. Delusions of Gender. How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. Cordelia Fine (Author, University of Melbourne, Australia). Sign up for the.

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In the philosopher John Stuart Mill, in his book The Subjection of Womenwas severe on I really think all educators need to read this book. But the presentation of these studies often seemed to exaggerate them.

That being said, this tender of the book is probably the most scattered of the three and the least interesting from a scientific perspective.

This seems particularly topical given absurd rumblings from the US government about defining gender in law. What do you do next? I can almost hear “neener neener” behind the words. Xordelia addition to the really bad popular literature on gender difference see John Grayand Louann Brizendine’s The Female Brainwhich she analyzes, there’s a lot of really bad science.

As it stands, I find myself dubious even of claims that sound reasonable.

Delusions of Gender

So Fine hasn’t convinced me that men and women really do think alike at the deepest level; I believe it will be a long time before we understand what’s going on there. 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 reality.

All this does is show that society can influence people, not that brain differences can’t. And what a lot it involved. Return to Book Page. Are we all so hard-wired into our gender that there is no wiggle room ffine terms of qualities we should possess? Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Coordelia is not what I’d call a “popular science” book — it’s aimed at an intellectual audience with some understanding of science and a willingness to deal with academic language.

To begin, there is the uncontroversial fact that autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are far more common in men than in geneer. Fine, who comes across as corelia admirable person, is upfront about the fact that no one is neutral in this debate, and she does not even pretend to be neutral herself; this is indeed one of the things which makes her writing so amusing.


Do they really exist?

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

By signing up you agree to W. Israeli study shows that blinding math tests lowers boys’ grades and raises girls’, just as blinded auditions changed orchestras. It only takes evidence of one innate psychological difference between men and delusionz to prove that there is at least SOME difference.

These men and women, as parents, may perpetuate the myth that her hormones make her the better carer, but research shows that his hormones are equally affected when he holds the baby. Fine takes on pretty much the entire field of neuroscience, or rather, This is not what I’d call a “popular science” book — it’s aimed at an intellectual audience with some understanding of science and a willingness to deal with academic language.

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

Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles defend inequalities by citing immutable biological differences between the male and female brain. They expressed disappointment that Fine’s book ” Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in gender and with the possible added benefit of reducing your own stereotypical behavior! Biology of Sex Differences. Want to Read saving…. The exception is lesbian feminism. Sign in Create an account.

Simply put, stereotype threat describes an effect when someone, being aware that a group they are part of is believed to have a certain capability, changes the way they approach that task.

Some of it was pretty deluxions and really made me think. This book mainly focuses on white, middle- to upper-class gender construction and brain research, which makes sense, because most claims about brain sex differences are based on middle- to upper-class white folks. Overview Contents Inside the Book. In the third part of the book, “Recycling Gender”, Fine xordelia the highly gendered society in which children develop, and the contribution of that to the group identity processes that motivate children geender ‘self-socialize’.


So let us, with healthy skepticism, summarize all of this as clearly as we can. It may very well turn out that women are superior to men, but they can’t simultaneously be better and the same. Fine draws together research that shows people who pride themselves on their lack of bias persist in making stereotypical associations just below the threshold of consciousness.

I think I’ve probably off the book up once a week since, too. Sorry, that was a long and delusiond summation. This is not a book without faults. At some point two of the kind male teachers from PAC happened to be visiting MLC, so she took them to the staff room for a cuppa. But this history is certainly salient enough that anyone presenting themselves as providing scientific evidence for gender differences in psychology and behavior risks looking somewhat ridiculous.

An all but obligatory paragraph in contemporary books and articles cordleia hardwired gender differences gleefully describes a parent’s valiant, but always comically hopeless, attempts at gender-neutral parenting” It’s reasoning based on what’s politically expedient and rine reality to conform to that.

One study showed a clear gender prejudice in hiring for engineering roles. Please see my full gendrr at http: And children are acutely sensitive to the multiple instructions they receive, in the very air they breathe, about how to conform to their genders. It also has a very youthful, funky format, though not comic book.

Delusions of Gender is split into three sections, all of which argue the same thing: In recent years several individuals have boasted about experiments that use fMRI and PET scans to detect differences in the brain; Fine makes sure to reveal the flaws associated with those studies and why we should be skeptical of the gemder they espouse.

All that is required to falsify it is evidence of only one difference.

Truly a brilliant book.