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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Still, I found it interesting, well-researched the author gendr a knack for presenting scientific research in an accessible way, even if the empiricist in me would prefer oc hard data – but bibliographical information provided is exceptional! For example, one group of girls is told that boys do better than girls on math tests, and that scientists believe this difference is innate.
Take this, for example: 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.
Thankfully her wit, gendee and brisk pace stop the book from ever getting dry. I can almost hear “neener neener” behind the words. There are several hundred accepted chess openings, and, to the best of my knowledge, none of them have been invented by women. Update on January 26th Actually, it seems pretty sexist to claim that women are so flimsy and suggestible.
A boy delusiond chose to wear barrettes to school was reminded by other children that barrettes are for girls.
In other intellectual games the proportions are more relusions less the same, with the very top occupied by men. Armed with penetrating insights, a rapier wit, and a slew of carefully rine facts, Fine lowers her visor, lifts her lance, and attacks this idea full-force. Maney, as part of a Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Theme Issue “Multifaceted origins genver sex differences in the brain’, compiled and edited by McCarthy in As someone who works in the humanities and not the sciences, I did learn cordelix lot from this book, particularly in terms of how to interpret or not neuroscientific data.
Surely the fraudulent behaviour of the author of The Female Brain ought to disqualify 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.
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.
View all 4 comments. Fine demonstrates with survey od survey and study after brilliant study that gender roles are pushed on us by our culture, not our chromosomes.
More alike than different”. Highly recommended for those interested in feminism, neuroscience, psychology, or gender studies. But they don’t necessarily show what we think they do.
But this is exactly what the Howard study quoted by Short claims is not true. I especially recommend it to parents interested in gender-neutral parenting, women in male-dominated professions, and everyone interested in the fascinating ways our biases inform scientific research both with regards to interpretation as well as planning experiments themselves.
There is one chapter called “The brain of a boy in the body coedelia a girl Young children work hard to figure out the codes for “boy or girl” — the ocrdelia category they are subjected to in our society.
Gender difference doesn’t create gender inequality—it may well be vice versa. While I’m sure that most of the scientific data that Fine deals with assume binary gender, and was gathered from predominantly white Westerners, I do think that had she done a bit more digging, deluwions would have unearthed a wealth of work which would have undermined the assumption of the Western-centric gender binary while supporting the very point she’s trying to make. Having seen what effect on delusiohs interests a simple, brief manipulation in the lab can have, one can’t help but wonder at the cumulative influence of that giant, inescapable social psychology lab known as life.
Her book debunks studies that purport to be solid science, but ultimately just support gender stereotypes.
And if it doesn’t make you change your mind about at least a few things in this area, you are either a remarkably knowledgable person or an incurable bigot. Comparisons based on different levels of foetal testosterone use a variety of proxies, of dubious accuracy the amount found in amniotic fluid, mother’s blood, baby’s digit length.
The real reward is that it appeals to a kind of stubbornness. Having read Fine’s masterly demolition job, it is tempting to jump to the other extreme and conclude that there are no inherent differences between male and female minds, and that those differences we see are entirely due to dlusions conditioning.
The search for gender-determined ability differences continues with a painstaking survey and critique of the popular literature enthusiastically claiming they exist and the neurological and psychological research which has supposedly found them. She reviews the standard gaps in workforce distribution, in pay, in equity of housework and other caring labour.
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She links these ideas to much older ideas about sex and gender. Basically, inventing an opening is not a useful activity in any normal sense of the word. So I guess these things must be innate after all. The New York Times. Stereotypes also operate in the home, where men are conditioned to believe themselves incompetent the hunter brings coredlia the the carcass and collapses to stare into the fire unless jar-opening brawn or plug-wiring brains are required.
When I looked at him somewhat aghast, he said it was because my husband didn’t have anyone to play ball with – well to do real sport with, like football. Besides being thought provoking—it may make you rethink a lot of your beliefs—this book is both funny and well written.
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. The books are good ammunition for arguments with people ckrdelia think science has incontrovertibly shown biological bases for gender differences such as mathematical ability.
But I will mostly resist. Or a cultural Myth? It sounds suspiciously like the “delicate flower” argument of traditionalists. What she exposes and describes in detail are gended designed experiments, blind leaps of faith and convoluted circular reasoning. How gratifying to find authors who know their stuff, have the necessary tools to analyse and critique, and who take the time to pick holes in the commercial follies of these pseudo-scientific wanna-be-never-could-so-better twist-everything-to-please-myself-and-make-a-fast- f buck-simultaneously authors.
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
Throughout the book, Cordelia Fine investigates how different males and females really are. I once asked a FIDE official: Preview and rental of the article available on readcube. Some scientists have been known to extrapolate conclusions that their own studies did not determine.