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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She has the expertise to check the research references cited by academic as well as popular books on the subject, and she has the clarity and wit to impart her findings to the lay reader.
And she does it in a way that is sarcastic and witty and readable and interesting. Lewis Wolperta developmental biologist who is the author of Why can’t a woman be more gfnder a man?
In a funny and easy-to-read way, she explodes so much neuro-bollocks, she ought to get a prize for it. This scholarly book will delusionss you itch to press the delete button on so much nonsense, while being pure fun to read.
We’re probably all from the moon. Women in chess have one undoubted advantage: Why can’t that be enough?
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. This section is more broadly relevant to racial, social class, disabled, LGBTQ etc bu and the double bind problem of administrators appointing people like themselves on one side, and aspirations being fibe by the invisibility of marginalised groups on the other.
Throughout the book, Cordelia Fine investigates how different males and females really are. They have different reproductive systems and different physical proportions. The jovial tone makes it a quick casual read, but the exhaustive references would be more suited to following up with one’s own investigation. A parent dealing with a girl’s craving for dolls and a son’s obsession with war games, a teacher managing boys’ boisterousness and girls’ diffidence, a couple negotiating childcare and housework and a CEO assessing fair practice in policy and promotion are all likely to conclude that their best efforts to achieve gender equality are scuppered by essential differences.
It’s a feeling of being stifled, being trapped, that I’ve experienced a lot more than I’d like to, and finally having an explanation for it is clearing up a lot in my life. Want to Read saving….
Cordelia Fine, a psychologist, decided to write this book after discovering her son’s kindergarten teacher “reading a book that claimed his brain was incapable of forging the connection between emotion and language.
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 found to be somewhat lacking.
She selects some choice quotes to show us how little the new sexism differs from the old this is a very funny bookthen proceeds to dismantle it with a three-pronged attack.
Now there’s some seriously rigorous research. Chapters address real vs. We should approach this research with a healthy dose of skepticism, for several reasons. While I did learn that there was little or no valid evidence for some of the biological gender differences that I had previously heard touted, it was hardly a review of what differences are known to exist. The intellectually honest position would have been to admit that there is much we still don’t understand about human psychology, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that there is at least some difference between the psychology of men and women, but that it is the belief of the author that these differences are not hugely significant, and that socialization also plays a major role.
Deluisons, the media often compound the problem with poor reporting and cluelessness about junk science. Johanna Berliner It’s really neither – while she doesn’t touch on trans folks at all, the book is absolutely the opposite of gender essentialist. Indeed, there may be more similarities between delusion man and a woman who both have a comparatively large brain relative to their body mass than between a woman with a comparatively large brain and a woman with oc comparatively small brain.
Science and nature books Health, mind and body books Society books reviews. Alternatively, support your high street and buy from your local independent bookshop. Delusions of Gender is an enjoyably acerbic and eloquent takedown of evolutionary psychologists and their neuroscientist collaborators—those practitioners of Bad Science, whose work is often repeated uncritically in tabloid newspapers or used to shape educational curricula.
Skeptically you could argue that Fine has an agenda, but then her argument that male scientists and popular writers on gender also have an agenda and I think it’s pretty fair to get all sides of this story. She ridicules poorly designed experiments that assume too much from too little, but presents less in her own defence.
There is one chapter called “The brain of a boy in the body of a girl So, just what are you likely to have been told? Instead, Fine shows that there are almost no areas of performance that are not touched by cultural stereotypes.
Lewis Wolpert ” — via YouTube. I’m certainly convinced of that. And that this most likely served to make the genders more similar, as the different structures achieved different things in the same way. Highly recommended for those interested in feminism, neuroscience, psychology, or gender studies.
Retrieved August 24, Didn’t realise Cordelia was Australian – This is a lovely video of her views: