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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This book actually changed the way I see the world!! Lastly, although I have long been interested in gender and thinking more deeply about it, deluxions book definitely got me thinking about gender along different tracks. Well, alright there was this guy: 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.

Seen in this light, fMRIs are just the latest fad. Jul 13, Manny rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jun 01, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: She didn’t need cordella be spurious on top of it.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Indeed, this book seems to be on board with difference feminism in the chapter, “Backwards and in High Heels” i.

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Both Fine and Jordan-Young crdelia better science, not less of it. At 17 months, boys and girls in one study were equally interested in playing with dolls, tea sets, brushes, combs, and blocks; four months later girls had increased their doll play while boys had decreased it.

The exception is lesbian feminism. This book changed my mind in ways few books ever do.

I read plenty of examples of experiments and studies and how to judge their validity, but people like Ben Goldacre have long covered that ground very well. Having the longest bibliography in the world doesn’t cut the mustard if the reader is left gasping at the shamelessness with which she prejudicially discusses her data.

Now, having read it, I can assure you that it is even better than I thought it could be. View all 14 comments. It is not necessarily very creative. Instead of relying on faulty science, Fine approaches gender differences from a psychological and sociological perspective. View all 3 comments.


This is not what I’d call a “popular science” delusioms — it’s aimed at an intellectual audience with some understanding of science and a willingness to deal with academic language.

I wonder why this wasn’t one of those sexist psychologists, with talk of brain differences between men and women, to be debunked in this book. Delusions of Gender endears itself to me because, at the end of the day, Fine is basically saying we need to fender skeptical of claims that appear to be scientific on the surface but, if you scratch that surface, reveal supposition.

It would be interesting, however, if she wrote a sequel with a wider focus. Nov 06, Kogiopsis rated it really liked it Shelves: One weakness in the book is that she doesn’t adequately address the cross-cultural studies.

To be fair, my mother’s the exception, one of those who really did like doing stuff like that, a trait I have most certainly neither inherited nor acquired.

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 significant. The real reward is that it appeals to a kind of stubbornness. The oversimplified models of gender and genes that then prevail allow gender culture to be passed down from generation to generation, as though it were all xordelia the genes.

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

However, I did think there were some surprising omissions here—there is no consideration, or even mention, of societies in which there are more than two genders, and there’s no mention of transgender or genderqueer people. I had read a few books and articles that touched on the subject of inherent gender differences, and I’m afraid I had swallowed them rather uncritically.

Fine has tackled an immense and largely thankless tas Let me boil the book down for the busy reader: Views Read Edit View history. Gender roles in society are supposedly natural and pre-ordained and we should learn to like them and love them.


Afterwards she washed her cup and said to them ‘If you are wondering why I don’t wash delusiohs, I happen to believe that men are just as good as women at washing up. Both groups then take a math test. As far as I knew, few legitimate scientists today make this claim, which is clearly sexist and would justify discrimination, so I was pretty surprised and somewhat skeptical to discover this immense sexist contingent among brain scientists This nature vs.

It may very well turn out that women are superior to men, but they can’t simultaneously be better and the same. First, tweaking the environment can eliminate gender differences in test performance: For anyone who knows what I mean She quotes trans woman Jan Delusoins who describes her former competence in matters of car-reversing and bottle-opening evaporating after her transition in the face of others’ assumptions about her.

She has the expertise to check the research references cited by academic as well as popular books on the subject, genedr she has the clarity and wit to impart her findings to the lay reader. Find the nearest independent to you.

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Besides being thought provoking—it may make you rethink a lot of your beliefs—this book is both funny and well written. But I recommend delusiosn to others who might be curious about the topic, as well as those who enjoy seeing bad science thoroughly mocked. Cordeloa 02, Marshall rated it it was ok Shelves: Nearly 20 years ago I studied sociology at a feminist, Marxist university. All this does is show that society can influence people, not that brain differences can’t.

Biology can be said to define possibilities but not determine them; it is never irrelevant but it is also not determinant”‘ These changes in surroundings, which would seem insignificant to you and me, can affect our brains so drastically that they seep into our performance on tasks and our perceptions of reality.