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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The intellectually honest position would have been to admit that there is much we still don’t understand about human psychology, and the evidence so 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.

I had a cavalier belief that psychological differences between men and women were “innate” and “biological.

Please see my full review at http: They have different reproductive systems and different physical proportions. Delusiosn is innate in some individuals.

In fact for now it is the other way around. The rational response is to be as skeptical as possible about all such claims, and I will pay Fine the compliment of treating her own arguments with the same skepticism. When we read picture books, we tend to use male pronouns for all the unspecified characters, human or animal. Johanna Berliner It’s really neither – while she doesn’t touch on trans folks at all, the book is absolutely the opposite of gender essentialist. In Delusions of Gendershe unravels the myth that we can chalk up gender differences to our neurology.

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 societies.


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Find the nearest independent to you. All this does is show that society can influence people, not that brain differences can’t. An overall thesis of the work is cotdelia 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.

It could very easily have od a valuable part of that discussion. Poorly conducted studies with flawed methodologies, too-small studies, confusion of correlation with causation. I know many women who are world-class in these fields. Once they know what gender they belong to, their ideas about it and their choices become more fixed.

Among our wonderful genetic gifts is the ability to change our environment so that our genetic inheritance can be expressed in unprecedented ways. Truly a brilliant book. It can be read either as an assurance that these imprisoning stereotypes are not true, as an assertion of your own identity, or a means for education.

That’s probably true of most people, though; but since one has direct impact on how confident students feel speaking in her courses and the other interacts with younger engineers, this seemed very relevant. Although the paper is interesting and makes some excellent points, I’m struck by the way the participants in this debate seem to be talking past each other. I read this book on a road trip with my parents, and I’m sure they wish I hadn’t because I would not shut up about it. Her entire book … is worth a read, and perhaps should be taught in high school and college science classes.

In contemporary society we often cling to claims made by people with scientific backgrounds, even though some of those claims have no legitimate support. Everyone works together to re-inforce social and cultural environments that soft-wire the circuits of the brain as male or female, so that we have no idea what men and women might become if we were truly free from bias. The neuroscience we read about in magazines, newspaper articles, books, and sometimes even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains, and the result is more often than not a validation of the status quo.


It would be interesting to do research on that topic. Men and women have biological differences, Fine states, which may reflect on different brains, but there is no proof that these differences map onto tasks, preferences, modes of thinking, etc. I found this a very balanced entry in the nature vs.

View all 55 comments. In Delusions of Gender cordeliaa psychologist Cordelia Fine exposes the bad science, the ridiculous arguments and the persistent biases that blind us to the ways we ourselves enforce the gender stereotypes we think we are trying to overcome.

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Others, such John Gray, aren’t even scientists. It is not so much that women can’t do it; it is more that hardly any women can see why they would want to do it, which is entirely sensible. This book actually changed the way I see the world!! It’s funny and substantive, and that is about or rarest a combination there is.

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

I cannot grnder to tell you how outraged I am about this. Highly recommended for those interested in feminism, neuroscience, psychology, or gender studies.

Instead, Fine shows that there are almost no areas of performance that are not touched by cultural stereotypes. It was better at giving concrete examples of how research can be misinterpreted examples below than it was at revealing anything much about gender.