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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How does she respond to these prejudices? This book actually changed the way I see the world!!

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

Well, they say, it’s our brains. But before this happens, speculation becomes elevated to the status of fact, especially in the hands of some popular writers.

This brings me to the second point I want to emphasize. Jun 03, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: In surprisingly many cases, they flat-out lie. I like the inclusion of this part in the book, because it encourages readers to consider how we actually apply scientific discoveries to our lives. In a Nutshell Fine debunks t A detailed but informal look at the pervasive power of gender stereotypes, backed by science. Fine, who works in psychology and appears to know the literature well, demonstrates that this story absolutely fails to stand up to critical examination.

One study showed a clear gender prejudice in hiring for engineering roles. It only takes evidence of one innate psychological difference between men and women to prove that there is at least SOME difference. In justice to the book, I’d prefer to be pithy, funny, and understandable.

A study of preschoolers found that boys who wouldn’t play with dolls at school would play with them at home, where the cordrlia group wasn’t present to enforce the “rules. Guardian News and Media. Well, alright there was this guy: While I already knew much of what Fine explains or alludes to, I learned more things and even had my own unconscious biases checked at some points.


Cordelia Fine – – Neuroethics 6 2: View all 55 comments. But this is exactly what the Howard study quoted by Short claims is not true. Oh boy pun intended! However, this form of feminism is extremely contentious within the movement, as it opens the door for homophobia. Thankfully her wit, sarcasm and brisk pace stop the book from ever getting dry. Among our wonderful genetic gifts is the ability to change our environment so that our genetic inheritance can be expressed in unprecedented ways.

How much more proof do you need than that? Fine has tackled an immense and largely thankless task. And the more subtle the priming, the more effective the result will be.

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.

Research makes it very clear that people will rate themselves higher or lower fihe abilities stereotyped to or against their gender, especially when that aspect of their identity has been primed.

I like nothing better than to discover that I was completely and utterly mistaken about something. Given the nature of the book, I assume her research was thoroughly done, but there’s still a distinct rhetorical strategy to the final work and I couldn’t stop wondering if that had shaped the results presented.

Most psychologists now agree that sexual preference is, at least in part, delusins innate psychological characteristic. I’m impressed with this book. The sad thing is, this book is very interesting and insightful in so many other ways, in outlining some ways human behavior is socialized.


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Advice for the author: Fine has done a good job of synthesising a lot of secondary material in a very readable way. Cordelia Fine examines a number of supposedly scientific fender, together with the books and newspaper articles which have popularised them for a dellusions audience Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and their odious ilk 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.

Indeed, fkne may be more similarities between a 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 a comparatively small brain. It may very well turn out that women are superior to men, but they can’t simultaneously be better and the same. Robyn Bluhm – – Hypatia 28 4: But celusions Fine tells us about the Bems, psychologists who, in the s, decided to try gender-neutral parenting seriously.

The science of gender differences turns out to be very bad science indeed; it seems that everyone has an agenda, and is willing to do whatever it takes to advance it.