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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Genes only lead to traits through interaction with environment.

I shall do it justice with a worthy review! Both Fine and Jordan-Young want better science, not less of it. Update on January 26th Women report more empathetic ability than men do, genfer in in real-life situations, no gender differences in mind-reading have been found. This study is important. In addition to the really bad popular literature on gender difference see John Grayand Louann Brizendine’s The Female Brainwhich she analyzes, there’s a lot of really bad science.

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Cross-cultural comparisons also prove instructive, making nonsense of ethnocentric gender assumptions. But while I was aghast at some of the ways she put things, I imagine the reader at large would not have noticed, let alone taken umbrage.

Delusions of Gender is split into three sections, all of which argue the same thing: Fine makes good and important points, but she makes cordeliia sames ones again and again and again. Quite simply such work is lying and there should be an appropriate punishment.

She links these ideas to much older ideas about sex and gender. But then Fine tells us about the Bems, psychologists who, in the s, decided to try gender-neutral parenting seriously. That makes it less accessible than a lot of the talk show-fodder books it’s debunking, like all those ridiculous “Why Men Are Insensitive Horndogs Who Suck at Housework Geender


Delusions of Gender

Israeli study shows that blinding math tests lowers boys’ grades and raises girls’, just as blinded auditions changed orchestras. They quickly graduate from being gender detectives to gender enforcement agents.

In other words, emphasizing gender makes us more stereotypical; it reminds us how we are supposed to behave and what our strengths and weaknesses should be. This book spends most of its pages presenting psychological studies showing that people are suggestible, that messages from the culture can influence one’s confidence and feeling of belonging, even their very identity and personality, and that this can impact their abilities to perform or their interest in a subject.

See 2 questions about Delusions of Gender…. In other intellectual games the proportions are more or less the same, with the very top occupied by men. Regardless of that small detail and the fact that gender roles in society continue to change, fien are always those who claim that whatever women are achieving at the moment is the absolute biologically-determined limit.

Things Genxer have heard, which I really wish I hadn’t: One study showed a clear gender prejudice in hiring for engineering roles.

This is detailed in Predictably Irrational: When, for example, are a few dirty cups a symbol of the exertion of male privilege, and when are they merely unwashed dishes? Jul 08, Robin rated it liked it.

For the rest of us, men are innately attracted to women and women are innately attracted to men. Later in childhood, however, any spotlight on gender is more likely to put a freeze on girls’ abilities. You cannot socialize children to be gay, so there is no reason to deny gays the right to marry, and it’s abusive to try to socialize young homosexuals to be heterosexual. Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use.


However, anyone who reads this and remains unconvinced that there’s a whole lot of socialization going on in both your right-brain and your left-brain will probably not be convinced by any other mountain of evidence.

As the genderr puts it: Women, it seems, are just too intuitive for math, men too focused for housework. Just to be clear: Be careful what you say to girls, lest you crush their fragile little delusiins

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

Somehow, Fine manages to distill this into a page book, and it mostly works. Fjne highly recommend this book. Fine probably thinks it was acceptable to do so because all that mattered was getting cordelai very important point across. 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.

I will do that now: However, that’s a fault of my expectations, rather than the book itself. She claims this study was flawed because there could have been some socialization that happened in that one day gine their birth.

But in an orchestra? One can see, then, how all of these areas work together to create continuing perceptions of different abilities.