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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It’s a feeling of being stifled, being trapped, that I’ve experienced a lot more than I’d like to, and finally having an explanation off it is clearing up a lot in my life. Once in the public domain these supposed facts about male and female brains become part of the culture, often lingering on well past their best-by dates.
But they don’t necessarily show what we think they do. The more we believe in biological differences between genders… you get the picture. We have all heard and perhaps told stories like the following. Each claim she makes in this section is backed up by solid research, and all her sources are outlined in the endnotes and bibliography, which together span about 80 pages.
The section about gender-neutral parenting stood out to me too. View all 4 comments. Homosexuality is innate in some individuals.
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Ultimately, too, she’s not concluding that there’s absolutely nothing in these scientific studies, merely that the work being done doesn’t warrant such massive conclusions being drawn. Find it on Scholar.
Didn’t realise Cordelia was Australian – This is a lovely video of her views: On average, there is a vast difference between men and women as to which gender they find sexually appealing. A parent dealing with gended girl’s craving for dolls and a son’s obsession with war games, a teacher managing boys’ boisterousness and girls’ diffidence, a couple negotiating childcare and housework and a CEO assessing fair practice in policy and promotion are all likely to conclude that hy best efforts to achieve gender equality are scuppered by essential differences.
This book is quite simply a must read. But I recommend it to others who might be curious about the topic, as well as those who enjoy seeing bad science thoroughly mocked. Women, it seems, are gwnder too intuitive for math, men too focused for housework. For example, after discussing subtle cirdelia social cues and whether one feels they belong can influence people to prefer gener perform differently, all very reasonable, the book concludes: Books by Cordelia Fine.
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 in the genes. 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.
I had a cavalier belief that psychological differences between men and women were “innate” and “biological.
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In a funny and easy-to-read way, she explodes so much neuro-bollocks, she ought to get a prize for it. In fact — and this is a rare achievement for a book — it started me re-assessing my life from way back and seeing … well, seeing how often I had lived within gender assumptions and even played to them just because it made life not delusiins easier, but pleasanter. Apr 29, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: In a book about how gender based brain differences may impact gender behaviors, surely the fact that there is allegedly structural brain differences will be examined in detail.
Many more details in my review at TheBibliophage. I do not think, however, that that would be true to the deeper spirit of the book. 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. Well, alright there was this guy: That’s what ideology does. What are the chances that such diverse cultures would have developed similar gender roles if they do delusinos have some biological basis?
If there were some reason why men suddenly thought that washing teacups was a desirable occupation, there would be an academic redefinition of the brain to fit this. And how this, along with neuroplasticity, mean that brains cannot possibly be hard-wired by gender. I once asked a FIDE official: Her entire book … is worth a read, and perhaps should be taught in high school and college science classes.
In other intellectual games the proportions are more or less the same, with the very top occupied by men. No, this statement was simply made, and then delusuons right on by. 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.
Take this, for example: She exposes shockingly lightweight research that is taken seriously and nuanced research that is misreported. Seen in this light, fMRIs are just the latest fad. 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.
As a general rule, psychologists report a difference between two groups as ‘significant’ if the probability that it could have occurred by chance is 1 in 20, or less. This book is a much-needed dose of caution in the rush to say men and women just are innately corrdelia. Fine takes on pretty much the entire field of neuroscience, or rather, This is not what I’d call a “popular science” book — it’s aimed at an intellectual audience with some understanding of dslusions and a willingness to deal with academic language.
Or is it inclusive to trans people? 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.
So she left and went to Methodist Ladies College, the posh girls equivalent. Despite the fact that GM Harika thoroughly outplayed him and won a good game as Black, it would be premature to draw any sweeping conclusions from a single result. So I guess these things corselia be innate after all.
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. 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. Instead, Fine shows that there are almost no areas of performance that are not touched by cultural stereotypes.
First, she explores the construction of gender and explains aspects corxelia the present inequality from her perspective in social gendre.