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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She does an excellent job of pointing out the flaws in many of the studies cited by the other side. I can almost hear “neener neener” behind the words. Jun 27, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: By debunking the rubbish, this book opens up possibilities for a slightly clearer vision of the future.

One weakness in the book is that she doesn’t adequately address the cross-cultural studies. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Introducing Feminism by Cathia Jenainati.

That’s a huge exaggeration of the findings. 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.

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. They quickly graduate from being gender detectives to gender enforcement agents.

It is hard to believe that this is coincidential. 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. In other intellectual games the proportions are more or less the same, with the very top occupied by men.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference

Gende am indeed convinced by the way she refutes arguments that women are incapable of performing as well as men on a variety of tasks where they have traditionally been supposed inferior. The highly-focused, obsessive, narrow Asperger’s mindset seems to be a natural fit to these occupations, or more exactly to certain ways of approaching these occupations.

Cordelia Fine, a psychologist, decided to write this book after discovering her son’s kindergarten teacher “reading a book that claimed his brain was incapable of forging the connection between emotion and language. If testers know the sex of a baby as they usually willthat may skew how they interact.


I shall do it justice with a worthy review! She then followed up by beating Meier, a normally very solid German grandmaster, and drawing with World Champion Carlsen. She shows how researchers, time after time, have made claims about gender differences which in hindsight have turned out to be utterly absurd.

Genes only lead to traits through interaction with environment. Cordelia Fine goes through all the old lines that I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand times I know I have: All that is required to falsify it is evidence of only one difference. What she exposes and describes in detail are poorly designed experiments, blind leaps of faith and convoluted circular reasoning.

Identical resumes were sent to companies with only a change in the name being obviously female versus obviously male, and the male resumes had a higher response rate.

In very early childhood boys are at greater risk of jeer pressure if they stray across gender lines; it takes far more courage for a boy to be a “sissy” than it takes for a girl to become an adventurer or even a bully. This book mainly focuses on white, middle- to upper-class gender construction and brain research, which makes sense, because most claims about brain sex differences are based on middle- to upper-class white folks.

Simply put, stereotype threat describes an effect when someone, being aware that a group they are part of is believed to have a certain capability, changes the way they approach that task. I personally was quite alarmed at the quantity and quality of conclusions being drawn from brain scans, where it seems like the technology has outpaced researchers’ ability to understand it in any truly meaningful way.

When testing toy choice, are the toys really gendered the way the testers assume? In an amusing story, the 4 year old son decided to wear barrettes in his hair to kindergarten. They start before birth and imbue our life, as self-fulfilling prophesies, however much we try to go against them.

Read the book — male or female, the impact of culture on your self-perception, and therefore, your life and choices will rock your assumptions of autonomy.

Both groups then take a math test. Studies that fail to find one may not be published. Cordelia Fine reveals gende mind’s remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider ‘hardwired’ is actually malleable.

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This brings me to the second point I delusuons to emphasize. Fine makes a good case that many of the differences we see in gender could readily be traced back to cultural or sociological phenomena, and that it is too early to declare tha Cordelia Fine attempts to refute the genxer idea that men and women have an innate neurological difference which results in different brains. For example, she explains weaknesses in the work done by a student of Simon Baron-Cohen that deusions been widely cited by the Gurian Instituteby Leonard Saxby Peter Lawrenceand by Baron-Cohen himself: It’s like there is something going on which we might call ‘extreme pop science’.


All this does is show that society can influence people, not that brain differences can’t. This whole part is valuable because she talks specifics, right down to the study and the scientists conducting them. According to what Fine uncovered we have mutable brains, continuously influenced and changed by our cultural environment. The best efforts of the comically frustrated liberal parents who find their kids acting according to stereotype do not show that differences in gender behavior are innate.

When the author set out to follow up on some of deluzions research that leads to the million sale books of neurosexism mentioned earlier, sometimes that research was found to be somewhat lacking. You lie back in an incredibly delusione piece of machinery and as the author says, one that uses quantum mechanics for god sake — corxelia she could just as easily have said, and I think even more impressively, that uses anti-matter!

Retrieved August 24, 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’m impressed with this book. This is the position that sexual orientation is socialized, and that lesbianism is a choice and therefore a legitimate political act. The cultural emphasis on female physique undermines the ability to concentrate on other things: View all 4 comments. Cordelia Fine examines a number of supposedly scientific studies, together with the books and newspaper articles which have popularised them for a general audience Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and their odious ilk Delusions of Gender is an enjoyably acerbic and eloquent takedown of evolutionary psychologists and their neuroscientist collaborators—those practitioners of Bad Science, whose work is often repeated uncritically in tabloid newspapers or used to shape educational curricula.