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Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is. Just as the title makes it sound, this book debunks many of the popular theories on the differences between men and women, girls and boys and their respective brains. The main message is that gender Men aren't from Mars; women aren't from Venus. Fine's work is a witty, insightful, and healthily skeptical look at the science of gender studies.

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Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference is a book by Cordelia Fine , written to debunk the idea that men and women are hardwired with different interests. In the first part of the book, "'Half Changed World', Half Changed Minds", Fine argues that social and environmental factors strongly influence the mind, challenging a 'biology as fallback' view that, since society is equal now for the sexes, persistent inequalities must be due to biology.

She also discusses the history and impact of gender stereotypes and the ways that science has been used to justify sexism. In the second part of the book, "Neurosexism", Fine criticizes the current available arguments and studies supporting sex differences in the mind, focusing on methodological weaknesses and implicit assumptions.

Within neuroscientific investigations, these include small samples that give rise to unreliable, spurious results, and poorly justified 'reverse inferences' claims of stereotype-consistent psychological differences between the sexes on the basis of brain differences. Fine also demonstrates how already weak neuroscientific conclusions are then grossly overblown by popular writers.

Fine also discusses non-neuroimaging evidence cited as support for innate differences between the sexes. For example, she explains weaknesses in the work done by a student of Simon Baron-Cohen that has been widely cited by the Gurian Institute , by Leonard Sax , by Peter Lawrence , and by Baron-Cohen himself : one-and-a-half-day-old babies were tested for preference in sequence rather than being given a choice; were tested in different viewing positions, some horizontal on their backs and some held in a parent's lap, which could affect their perception; inadequate efforts were made to ensure the sex of the subject was unknown to the tester at the time of the test; the authors assume, without justification, that newborn looking preferences are a reliable 'flag' for later social skills that are the product of a long and complex developmental process.

In the third part of the book, "Recycling Gender", Fine discusses the highly gendered society in which children develop, and the contribution of that to the group identity processes that motivate children to 'self-socialize'.

This challenges the common belief of parents that they tried gender-neutral parenting, but it didn't work. An overall thesis of the work is the negative impact for sex equality of neurosexism popular or academic neuroscientific claims that reinforce or justify gender stereotypes in ways that are not scientifically justified.

Simon Baron-Cohen reviewed the book in The Psychologist. In it, he accused Fine of "fusing science with politics," writing, "Where I — and I suspect many other contemporary scientists — would part ways with Fine is in her strident, extreme denial of the role that biology might play in giving rise to any sex differences in the mind and brain.

Halpern , co-author of the article "The Science of Sex Differences in Mathematics and Science" [15] that Fine criticizes in Delusions of Gender, reviewed the book and concluded that it was "strongest in exposing research conclusions that are closer to fiction than science Stanford neurobiologist Ben Barres stated in a review for the Public Library of Science Biology that Delusions of Gender "should be required reading for every neurobiology student, if not every human being.

Lewis Wolpert , a developmental biologist who is the author of Why can't a woman be more like a man? They acknowledged that "Prompting laypeople to adopt a more critical view of overly simplistic views of complex data sets is a goal any scientist can support, and for that we applaud Fine's efforts. They expressed disappointment that Fine's book " Maney, as part of a Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Theme Issue "Multifaceted origins of sex differences in the brain', compiled and edited by McCarthy in Evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk , reviewing the book with Rebecca Jordan-Young 's Brain Storm , in the Quarterly Review of Biology wrote: "It is important to emphasize that neither author advocates throwing the gender-neutral baby out with its pink or blue bathwater The books are good ammunition for arguments with people who think science has incontrovertibly shown biological bases for gender differences such as mathematical ability.

Both Fine and Jordan-Young want better science, not less of it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Preview and rental of the article available on readcube. Cordelia Fine. Archived from the original on September 5, Retrieved August 24, The Guardian.

Guardian News and Media. London Evening Standard. Evening Standard. TSL Education. The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, The Washington Post. Book claims brain scans sell sexes short". USA Today. Gawker Media. Kirkus Reviews. Nielsen Business Media. June 15, The Psychologist. British Psychological Society. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. Despite the large amount of junk science on the topic that is reported in the popular media and in some academic outlets, there are also consistent findings of sex differences that hold up across studies, across species, and across cultures.

Most of these are ignored by Fine. PLoS Biology. Lewis Wolpert " — via YouTube. Biology of Sex Differences. The Quarterly Review of Biology. Categories : non-fiction books English-language books Gender studies books Neuroscience books Gender-related stereotypes W. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Contribute Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Languages Add links. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference is a book by Cordelia Fine , written to debunk the idea that men and women are hardwired with different interests. In the first part of the book, "'Half Changed World', Half Changed Minds", Fine argues that social and environmental factors strongly influence the mind, challenging a 'biology as fallback' view that, since society is equal now for the sexes, persistent inequalities must be due to biology. She also discusses the history and impact of gender stereotypes and the ways that science has been used to justify sexism. In the second part of the book, "Neurosexism", Fine criticizes the current available arguments and studies supporting sex differences in the mind, focusing on methodological weaknesses and implicit assumptions. Within neuroscientific investigations, these include small samples that give rise to unreliable, spurious results, and poorly justified 'reverse inferences' claims of stereotype-consistent psychological differences between the sexes on the basis of brain differences.

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