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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Belonging to a group – such as a gender group delusoons is a powerful motivator to delysions within that group and adhere to its norms. Cordelia Fine goes through all the old lines that I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand times I know I have: Sign in to use this feature. It is not necessarily very creative. And if you do remember it is very important to read the notes as you go. They use expensive equipment to produce scientific pictures.

Delusions of Gender

A parent dealing with a 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 their best efforts to achieve gender equality are scuppered by essential differences. I recommend reading them in that order because Fine’s book refutes many of the points made in Baron-Cohen’s.

It is not pop science — there is nothing dumbed-down about it, and Dr.

Retrieved August 23, 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. This study is important. Ma says early on that Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. At some point two of the kind male teachers from PAC happened to be visiting MLC, so she took them to the staff room for a cuppa.

One can see, then, how all of these areas work together to create continuing perceptions of different abilities. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Pages to import images to Wikidata.


Even if something is typical, that doesn’t mean it’s necessary or inevitable. Scientists are wrong all the time. Now there’s some seriously rigorous research. I know it would take a hell of a lot more than “a few words” to talk me out of my dreams.

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Cordelia Fine offers a clear answer: Things I have heard, which I really wish I hadn’t: We’re probably all from the moon. And she does it in a way that is sarcastic and witty and readable and interesting. Fine engages in occasional snark, which was a little tiresome, followed by a lot of discussion of studies in which subjects are either told or not told statements about gender and then asked to perform certain tasks, to see if a focus on gender impairs their abilities.

Looking at Bologan’s book on the Chebanenko Slav, it certainly seems like there’s a case for a Stefanova Variation; it goes 1.

It would be interesting to do research on that topic. 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. At best, it is merely distracting.

When we read picture books, we tend to use male pronouns for all the unspecified characters, human or animal. Besides being thought provoking—it may make you rethink a lot of your beliefs—this book is both funny and well written. View all comments. Books by Cordelia Fine.

And the more subtle the priming, the more effective the cordeliia will be. Overview Contents Inside the Book. It would be cordlia, however, if she wrote a sequel with a wider focus.

Many parents assume they are providing gender-neutral parenting and ‘fall back’ on a biological explanation when their little girls demand pink dresses and dolls. 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. 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.


Do women really empathize more than men because of their brain chemistry? Researchers conflate the brain and the mind in order for their findings to conform with gender stereotypes.

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

CVs with female names are rated lower and receive fewer responses than identical ones with male names. But there are, all the same, a number of facts which I do not think are obviously explained inside the framework she describes here. Lists with This Book. Everyone should read this. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

It is not possible to find biological determinants of gender, because gender is learned social behavior, and, as such, varies significantly between social groups and over time. Fine also discusses non-neuroimaging evidence cited as support for innate differences between the sexes. What are the chances that such diverse cultures would have developed similar gender roles if they do not have some biological basis?

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. View all 7 comments.

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This section is just a great reminder in general that science is a human process, and like any human process, is prone to error deluzions a good tonic against thinking of science as this black box that we put experimental data into and get facts about the world out of.