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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View all 10 comments. Not even the Bem children could avoid it altogether. Mental schema organise complex experiences into types of things so that we can process data efficiently, allowing us, for example, to recognise something as a chair without having to notice every detail. How does she respond to these prejudices?

Some of it was pretty persuasive and really made me think.

Thought equals blob equals male superiority. In Victorian times, it was a male colour, while girls wore tranquil Virgin-Mary blue. This hinders them in their linguistic abilities, men cordekia simply not as fluent as women. Is this a TERF book? The final section deals with how children are socialised to perform gender.

Delusions of Gender

First, tweaking the environment can eliminate gender differences in test performance: Afterwards she washed her cup and said to them ‘If you are wondering why I don’t wash yours, I happen to believe that men are just as good as women at washing up. For example, the assumption that a woman can use more areas of the brain than a man i.


Everyone works together to re-inforce social and cultural environments that soft-wire the circuits of the brain as male or female, so that we have no idea cordeila men and women find become if we were truly free from bias. Here, they reinforce and legitimate the gender stereotypes that interact with our minds, helping to create the very gender inequalities that the neuroscientific claims seek to explain. The roots of these beliefs are not in inherent biological limitations, but instead in cultural biases, education and raising, and priming.

In other intellectual games the proportions are more or less the same, with the very top occupied by men. How gratifying to gendeer 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.

When testing toy choice, are the toys really gendered the way the testers assume? But they don’t necessarily show what we think they do.

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I think I’ve probably brought the book up once a week since, too. 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.

He cites this book as an influence on his ideas about gender cprdelia not being innate.

Retrieved August 23, The science of gender differences turns out to be very bad science indeed; it seems that everyone has an agenda, and is willing to do whatever it takes to advance it. To assume that many complex adult traits are determined at birth is “so last century”. 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.


Fine also discusses non-neuroimaging evidence cited as support for innate differences between the sexes. You have to outdo the last writer in outrageousness. And laugh-out-loud funny in quite a few places. It certainly raised a couple of smiles for me, but most of the witty asides struck me as rather sarcastic, fie just cheap uses of the sort of stereotypes she purports to hate.

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

Both groups then take a math test. It’s so easy to believe in the myth and Cordelia Fine does an excellent job yender 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 genver often flawed.

She also discusses the history and impact of gender stereotypes and the ways that science has been used to justify sexism. I have worked for a long time in Artificial Intelligence, a field that is notorious for overhyping its achievements.