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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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Armed with penetrating insights, a rapier wit, and a slew of carefully researched facts, Fine lowers her visor, lifts her lance, and attacks this idea full-force.

The deeper the rotten belief sits, the more satisfying the pop when it is wrenched out. It is not likely to make you more successful competitively, since most new openings are soon refuted and fall into disuse; the rational thing to do from this point of view is to use other people’s openings.

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In other intellectual games the proportions are more or less the same, with the very top occupied by men. 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.

Request removal from index. Update on January 26th 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. But is that really what the latest science does tell us about the differences between male and female brains? Sorry, that was a long and awkward summation. Her previous book, ‘A Mind of Its Own’ was hugely acclaimed and she was called ‘a science writer to watch’ by Metro.

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Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The term is ‘childless’. The male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems.

I do not think, however, that that would be true to the finr spirit of the book. But this is exactly what the Howard study quoted by Short claims is not true. Highly recommended for those interested in feminism, neuroscience, psychology, or gender studies.

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

I couldn’t disagree more. View all 10 comments. Anyone who’s read Men are from Mars and Women can’t read maps or some other neurosexist book. She quotes trans woman Jan Morris who describes her former competence in matters of car-reversing and bottle-opening evaporating after her transition in the face of others’ assumptions about her.

Although flne paper is interesting and makes some excellent points, I’m struck by the way the participants cordella this debate seem to be talking past each other. And if it doesn’t make you change your mind about at least a few things in cordeila area, you are either a remarkably knowledgable person or an incurable bigot. However, for all that the conclusions Cordelia Fine drew were hardly surprising to me, reading this book had a significant impact.

An all but obligatory paragraph in contemporary books and articles about hardwired gender differences gleefully describes a parent’s valiant, but always comically hopeless, attempts at gender-neutral parenting” dine Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in gender and with the possible added benefit of reducing your own stereotypical behavior!

She reviews the standard gaps in workforce distribution, in pay, in equity of housework and other caring labour. I mean the top of her head.

Her entire book … is worth a read, and perhaps should be taught in high school and college science classes. But I will mostly resist. She also provides counter-studies along the way to disprove these experiments, all of which help drive her initial point home.


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. That makes it less accessible than a lot of the talk show-fodder books it’s debunking, like all those o “Why Men Are Insensitive Horndogs Who Suck fin Housework Surprise! Cordelia Fine attempts to ckrdelia the popular idea that men and women have an innate neurological difference which results in different brains.

The section on the notorious spatial rotation task was particularly startling. It is not possible to find biological determinants of gender, because gender is learned social behavior, and, as such, varies significantly between social groups and over time.

Homosexuality is innate in some individuals.

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Do they really exist? 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.

The jovial tone makes it a quick casual read, but the exhaustive references would be delusoins suited to following up with one’s own investigation. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Whether her adversaries can rally their forces and mount a successful counter-attack remains to be seen.

Scientists and the public have used these experiments for decades to support their sexist delusipns about girls and women, but Fine is here to tell us that those experiments had small sample sizes, flimsy experiment designs, and other glaring holes that should make us all question their scientific authority.