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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 30, 2010 - Social Science - 304 pages
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“[Fine’s] sharp tongue is tempered with humor. . . . Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is.”—The New York Times

It’s the twenty-first century, and although we tried to rear unisex children—boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks—we failed. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it. And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” differences between male and female brains. The neuroscience that we read about in magazines, newspaper articles, books, and sometimes even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains, and the result is more often than not a validation of the status quo. Women, it seems, are just too intuitive for math; men too focused for housework.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.

Passionately argued and unfailingly astute, Delusions of Gender provides us with a much-needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different—a belief that, as Fine shows with insight and humor, all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our society.
 

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A book that shouldn't have to be written. The excerpts from irritating bits of pseudo-science make one gnash one's teeth. The author is a tad sloppy and inconsistent; in one part of the book the ... Read full review

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I would give this book extra stars if I could. All parents, prospective parents, educators, human resource professionals, in fact, every person who still reads, should read this book. As someone who ... Read full review

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Contents

Paper Bag ifYou Have a Secret You Dont
14
In the Darkness of the Womb
107
or a Monkey?
118
PaRt3 RECYCLINg gENDER
187
Parenting with a HalfChanged Mind
197
Gender Detectives
211
Gender Education
214
And Stretch
233
Bibliography
289
Index
329
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Cordelia Fine, associate professor of Organization Psychology at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, is the author of the much-acclaimed Delusions of Gender and A Mind of Its Own. She lives in Victoria, Australia.

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