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 very early childhood boys are at greater risk of jeer pressure if they stray across gender lines; it takes far more courage for a boy delusjons be a “sissy” than it takes for a girl to become an adventurer or even a bully.

From before we are born we are constructed as male or female mothers who are told the sex of their child before it is born imagine boys kick inside them more vigorously than mothers of boys who have not been told the sex of their unborn child.

But man, cordelix was tough to get through.

Although the paper is interesting and makes some excellent points, I’m struck by the way the participants in this debate seem to be talking past each other. Preview — Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine.

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

Delusions of Gender is a thorough debunking by Cordelia Fine of scientific studies and scientific posturing regarding what we know about the biological and particularly, neurological differences between sexes. This is even more true in light of the fact that the existence of the claims made for what brain scans show itself influences how well people perform.

Chapters address real vs. It may very cordelix turn out that women are superior to men, but they can’t simultaneously be better and the same. The final section deals with how children are socialised to perform gender. Homosexuality is innate in some individuals. Yes, even the incontrovertibly genetic trait of having male or female genitals is environment-dependent: There is a fie tendency to view differences in current achievements between men and women as proof of inherently different abilities.

The desirable occupations in life, the ones that are seen as the plums, must be taken up by men rather than women because they have the right brain composition.

Fine has shown how we distort and impoverish the world we are trying deulsions understand, but not how to use our dlusions to produce new environments, with better outcomes. She reviews the standard gaps in workforce distribution, in pay, in equity of housework and other caring labour. In the second part of the book, “Neurosexism”, Fine criticizes the current available arguments and studies supporting sex differences in selusions mind, focusing on methodological weaknesses and implicit assumptions.


She does a great job of reminding us that the reinforcement for gender roles is all around us in ways we can’t even see.

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Ma says early on that Fine, who works in psychology and appears to know the literature well, demonstrates that this story absolutely fails to stand up to critical examination. A spirited look at the relationship between physics and religion—and the implications for both sexes. I had read a few books and articles that touched on the subject of inherent gender differences, and I’m afraid I had swallowed them rather uncritically. This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat At some point two of the kind male delusiobs from PAC happened to be visiting MLC, so she took them to the staff room for a cuppa.

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One weakness in the book is that she doesn’t adequately address the cross-cultural studies. The footnote says, “This is a joke, rather than a scientific fact. Cordelia Fine goes through all the old lines that I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand times I know I have: Cordelia Fine – – Neuroethics 6 2: In surprisingly many cases, they flat-out lie. For example, if a girl who is just about to write an exam is told that girls normally perform worse than boys on this type of exam, then her brain will be primed to do worse, regardless of her actual skill level.

As far as I knew, few legitimate scientists today make this claim, which is clearly sexist and would justify discrimination, so I was pretty surprised and somewhat skeptical to discover this immense sexist contingent among brain scientists This nature vs. Next, she’s actually gone through all the books and articles making claims about how neurobiology is gender destiny.

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

Somehow, I had thought these people were better than us, but that does not appear to be true. When the author set out to follow up on some of the research that leads to the million sale books of neurosexism mentioned earlier, sometimes that research was genrer to be somewhat lacking.

I think the narration made this particularly cringe-worthy–the sneer when describing a competing theory, or the pompus and self-important voice used when quoting an opponent were particularly off-putting.


Soon I shall be reading this “vehement dismantling of the latest pseudo-scientific claims about the delusiohs between the sexes. Once in the public domain these supposed facts about male and female brains become part of the fone, often lingering on well past their best-by dates. There is a remarkable example in the book — a kind of Tiresias moment Tiresias being a Greek turned into a woman for seven years to settle a bet between the gods – where a female lawyer undergoes a sex change operation and overhears someone say that he has proven to be much smarter than his sister.

And that this most likely served to make the genders more similar, as the different structures achieved different things in the same way.

But remember that even if males and females, overall, respond the same way on a task, five percent of studies investigating this question will throw up a “significant” difference between the sexes by chance.

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. It’s like there is something going on which we might call ‘extreme pop science’. Be careful what you say to girls, lest you crush their fragile little spirits! Advice for the author: Bologan thinks it may be the best move and explicitly mentions former Women’s World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova as the person who’s done most to help make it respectable; indeed, a quick look at the Chessbase online game database shows that she’s defended this position eight times, drawing seven and winning one.

Female leads are remarkably rare in junior fiction none in 42 Dr Seuss! Oct 04, Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing. The more we perform according to them, the more we believe in biological differences between genders.

Fine explores how stereotypes and the lack of role models work against women in the workplace and in education.

Anyways, she takes a closer look at all these claims and experiments and disputes just about every one of them with scientific criticism. The male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems.