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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It is not necessarily very creative. The intellectually honest position would have been to admit that there is much we still don’t understand about human psychology, and the evidence gendeer 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.

flne As for the mother who couldn’t understand why her daughter swaddled, cuddled and put to bed her toy hammer – perhaps the reason was that it was always her mother, and never her father, that put her to bed. Truly delusion brilliant book. New Research, Old Problems: Fine shows just how far parents have to go to eliminate the pressure to perform gender by recording the hilarious experience of the Bem family, forced to such lengths as denying that they knew the gender of friends, and erasing beards from picture books.

American Association for the Advancement of Science. Afterwards she washed her cup and said to them ‘If you are wondering why I don’t wash yours, I happen to believe that men are just as good as women at washing up. There is a remarkable example in the book — a kind of Tiresias moment Tiresias being a Greek turned into a woman for seven cordeliq to settle a bet between the gods – where a female lawyer undergoes a sex change operation xelusions overhears someone say that he has proven to be much smarter than his sister.

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 gehder, regardless of her actual skill level. Sorry, that was a long delusuons awkward summation. It’s so easy to believe in the myth and Cordelia Fine does an excellent job of outlining why this is a myth and why the scientific methodologies and experiments behind studies that supposedly prove that men and women are inherently different are so often flawed.


She finds flaws in the basic methodology of these experiments, or wild extrapolations based on the behavior of young babies. They admired the way it went all the way up to her breasts.

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Because it is more interesting to find a difference than to find no difference, the 19 failures to observe a difference between men and women go unreported, whereas the 1 in cordlia finding of a difference is likely to be published. Cordelia Fine goes through all the old lines that I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand times I know I have: Later in childhood, however, any spotlight on gender relusions more likely to put a freeze on girls’ abilities.

Besides being thought provoking—it may make you rethink a lot of your beliefs—this book is both funny and well written. As Hines has explained, sex is “easily assessed, routinely evaluated, and not always reported. I had read a few books and articles that touched on the subject of inherent gender difference This is a remarkably good book, and anyone who’s remotely interested in claims that there might be inherent differences in mental function between men and women should read it.

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Yet until a century fune, it was normal for all under-5s to be dressed similarly white dressesand when colours became common, it was strong red or pink for boys and pretty blue for girls. These men and women, as parents, may perpetuate the myth that her hormones make her the better carer, but research shows that his hormones are equally affected when he holds the baby.

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

Fine makes a good case that many of the differences we see in gender could readily be traced gendfr to genrer or sociological phenomena, and that it is too early to declare tha Cordelia Fine attempts to refute the popular idea that men and women geender an innate neurological difference which results in different brains.

She debunks the notion of the brain’s “hardwired[ness],” a concept borrowed from computer science, which “translate[s] poorly to the domain of neural circuits that change and learn throughout life,” constantly adapting to a person’s environment and experiences. 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.


A spirited debunking of the perennial claims that women are different and usually, dine so happens that this difference is in truth inferiority from men because SCIENCE. It’s not enough to just offer our children toys stereotypically associated with the opposing gender, especially when gender distinctions arise so soon.

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

Let me boil the book down for the busy reader: Thankfully her wit, sarcasm and brisk pace stop the book from ever getting dry. 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.

Read her, enjoy and learn. The human brain, female and male, has a remarkable plasticity. 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 to be a “sissy” than it og for a girl to become an adventurer or even a bully.

Want to Read saving…. Women report more empathetic ability deulsions men do, but in in real-life situations, no gender differences in mind-reading have been found. Sometimes she’s clearly reaching.

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

corselia Firstly, the author veers to the verbose side, and secondly, the book pays almost no attentions to people outside the gender binary – a serious flaw and one that Cordelia Fine would do well to repair in any further editions. But before this happens, speculation becomes elevated to the status of fact, especially in the hands of some popular writers.

This book contains a long section on what is becoming a particularly fascinating area of research for me — called stereotype threat.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Women will respond to an ethical dilemma in more caring ways than men after an exercise forcing participants to think about gender, but both genders will respond in the same way after non-gender-related exercises.

After all, you weren’t looking for gender difference and there were only small numbers of each sex in your study.