E–pub/Kindle [Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences] ¶ Cordelia Fine

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  • Cordelia Fine
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Summary Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Cordelia Fine Ø 4 Summary Read Ú Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Es even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains and the result is often than not a validation of the status uo Women it seems are just too intuitive for math; men too focused for houseworkDrawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars She then goes one step further offering a very diff. I decided to take a break from being girlishly bad at math and reading people s minds with my lady empathizing skills to read this book and I sure am glad I did Because it is hilarious And fascinating Cordelia Fine goes through all the old lines that I m sure you ve heard a thousand times I know I have that men s brains are just better at building stuff and making money while women are just natural nurturers they just want to nurture the shit out of everything because FEELINGS Anyways she takes a closer look at all these claims and experiments and disputes just about every one of them with scientific criticism And she does it in a way that is sarcastic and witty and readable and interesting This book mainly focuses on white middle to upper class gender construction and brain research which makes sense because most claims about brain sex differences are based on middle to upper class white folks It would be interesting however if she wrote a seuel with a wider focus And occasionally the scientific terms get a tad bit overwhelming but if you want a readable academic book about neurosexism you aren t going to find a better interesting readable bookThis book should be on the bestseller list Everyone should read this This should be in the waiting room of every maternity ward and in the break room of every public school I am so glad that I stumbled across this gem of a book and I can t recommend it highly enough It s funny and substantive and that is about the rarest a combination there is

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Summary Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Cordelia Fine Ø 4 Summary Read Ú Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Erent explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender Passionately argued and unfailingly astute Delusions of Gender provides us with a much needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different a belief that as Fine shows with insight and humor all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our socie. If I had a dollar for every time someone friend reuested me on Goodreads because of my gender a guy who reads wow I would probably have enough money to buy a new Kindle As a male who loves books and aims for a career in clinicalcounseling psychology a and female dominated field part of me has always wondered whether I just lack the typical male brain Are girls biologically geared toward the humanities and males toward the hard sciences Do women really empathize than men because of their brain chemistryCordelia Fine offers a clear answer no In Delusions of Gender she unravels the myth that we can chalk up gender differences to our neurology With a keen and unrelenting eye she examines scientific theories and misconceptions like the role testosterone plays in the fetus She dedicates a large portion of the book to knocking down neurosexism In recent years several individuals have boasted about experiments that use fMRI and PET scans to detect differences in the brain Fine makes sure to reveal the flaws associated with those studies and why we should be skeptical of the conclusions they espouseInstead of relying on faulty science Fine approaches gender differences from a psychological and sociological perspective As a psychology major I loved her incorporation of self fulfilling prophecy and stereotype threat such as including a study about how women who had to check a gender box either male or female performed worse on an exam than women who took the test without marking their gender The section about gender neutral parenting stood out to me too It s not enough to just offer our children toys stereotypically associated with the opposing gender especially when gender distinctions arise so soonHighly recommended for those interested in feminism neuroscience psychology or gender studies In contemporary society we often cling to claims made by people with scientific backgrounds even though some of those claims have no legitimate support I didn t go into too much depth about all of Fine s arguments in this review but she invested a laudable amount of effort into Delusions of Gender the book has about 100 pages of citations and her writing conveys her passion as well

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Summary Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Cordelia Fine Ø 4 Summary Read Ú Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex Differences Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook “Fine’s sharp tongue is tempered with humor Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is” The New York TimesIt’s the twenty first century and although we tried to rear unisex children boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks we failed Even though the glass ceiling is cracked most women stay comfortably beneath it And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” differences between male and female brains The neuroscience that we read about in magazines newspaper articles books and sometim. Didn t realise Cordelia was Australian This is a lovely video of her views s say you have read a couple of books on the science that explains the differences between the sexes So just what are you likely to have been told Well one thing would be that men have brains that are built to be logical and mathematical than women s brains this is due to men s better spatial rotational abilities that are a conseuence of right brain localisation and that this helps to explain why men end up in most of the high status jobs like Engineering or Science just as their greater aggression ensures they end up President or CEO But that this comes at a cost men tend to be socially dysfunctional a conseuence of their limited ability to use their somewhat larger brains laterally This hinders them in their linguistic abilities men being simply not as fluent as women But this is okay because it is women who need to be able to look after kids and do the house work something how their brains are ordered allows them to specialise in you know Darling did you see where I left my car keys So while men are off hunting and thereby using their aggression to bring home the bacon women are pacifying the kids with their delightful socialising skills so suited to recognising the emotional needs of others and cleaning the cave These are the tasks the sexes have separately evolved to perform and while these may not have been the brains we would have chosen for the sexes ourselves so as to make the world fair well look the world simply isn t fair There s no point getting all PC about this If evolution and biology have decided that half of the population need to be caring rather than logical well all I can say is poor dears there is about as much point in complaining about women s innate difference inferiority is such an ugly word as complaining that fish are forced to live out their lives in water Viva la differenceSuch ideas essentially modern day eugenics are not only peddled by authors of limited intelligence trying to make a uick buck from the enhanced sales such sexist rubbish ensures for their books with titles like Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus or Why Men Don t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes but even by people with impressive sounding ualifications who write books called The Female Brain or The Blank Slate The Modern Denial of Human NatureLike I said if you have read some of these books you will either be feeling rather smug at the moment as if the benefits of having a penis weren t already ample or rather annoyed It can t be nice for one half of our population to be told they are innately lesser people But is that really what the latest science does tell us about the differences between male and female brains Actually the truth may well surprise youRecently I wrote on one of Choupette s reviews that I would love to find a book that explained just how the latest brain imaging technology works I mean the idea we have been encouraged to have is that it is all a bit like a video game or rather a direct window into the brain No bugger the brain a direct window into the mind as it is being constructed by the brain You lie back in an incredibly expensive piece of machinery and as the author says one that uses uantum mechanics for god sake but she could just as easily have said and I think even impressively that uses anti matter and they get you to think of something or other solve a maths problem perhaps and then blobs light up on the parts of your brain that are doing the thinking How much proof do you need than that Thought euals blob euals male superiority EDNo one explains that this isn t uite real time imaging No one explains that this is averaged difference No one explains that we don t really know what to make of these averaged differences at what level these differences become significant for example No one explains that when the brains of dead salmon have been tested sometimes they have shown significant emotional responses to visual stimuli All we get to see are the blobs of colour lighting up and we assume someone smarter than us has worked out that those blobs mean something significantYou might have been lead to believe that they have done these tests and seen the blobs lighting up and they by they I mean the guys in white have seen blobs firing away in the touchy feely side of women s brains and at the same time and with the same stimuli blobs lighting up in the hard edged logical sides of men s brains so everything still holds true right Well it s not uite as simply as that 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 Did you know that the much uoted and much relied on fact that women are better able to use both sides of their brain for tasks due to their much extensive corpus callosum was actually based on research on only fourteen brains and besides which the result from this research upon which so many sexist assumptions have been based didn t even reach statistical significance The thing that this book shows time and again is just how much edifice can be built on incredibly shaky foundations Sometimes it shows no foundations at allHer demolition of just a small section of The Female Brain is worth the price of the book Surely the fraudulent behaviour of the author of The Female Brain ought to disualify her for life from being able to write another book but I see that despite a review in Nature after her first book was printed pointing out the remarkable in fact incomprehensible and gobsmacking weaknesses and down right misinformation in that book she was able to publish another on much the same topic called The Male Brain I cannot begin to tell you how outraged I am about this uite simply such work is lying and there should be an appropriate punishmentThis book contains a long section on what is becoming a particularly fascinating area of research for me called stereotype threat This is detailed in Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions and I spent the first half of the year reading many of the research papers she discusses here if I d read this book at the start of the year it would have made my life so much easier Stereotype threat is the remarkable situation where you can take a group of Asian women and prime half of them to think of themselves as women and the other half to think of themselves as Asian and given our stereotypes of both groups they will perform either better or worse on a maths test depending on how they have been primed And the subtle the priming the effective the result will be Merely getting women to tick a box on an exam paper stating whether they are male or female is enough to reduce their potential scoreThere is a pervasive belief particularly among middleclass parents that they already have tried to bring their kids up in a way that is gender neutral and it simply hasn t worked The only explanation left is that biology will out in the end and we should just get used to the idea that gender differences are innate This book makes a remarkably strong case for the fact that our society is so gendered it is simply impossible for anyone to bring up their children in a gender neutral way and that really no one tries It is like we have half changed our minds as she says repeatedly our conscious minds tell us sexism is wrong but our actions repeatedly confirm sexism 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 vigorously than mothers of boys who have not been told the sex of their unborn child Pinker may joke that only childless people believe in the social construction of gender but I think it is very hard to argue that gender is not the most reinforced division in human societiesThis book is uite simply a must read 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 sisterI know I m always telling you to do this but do read this book And if you do remember it is very important to read the notes as you go For some reason Cordelia Fine has put all of the very best and most interesting information in the book particularly in the first ten chapters or so in the end notes