So she left and went to Methodist Ladies College, the posh girls equivalent. She describes very interesting studies on pre and post conceptions. Any advice or insights for parents who are trying to raise their children while taking a clear look at ourselves and our society? When, for example, are a few dirty cups a symbol of the exertion of male privilege, and when are they merely unwashed dishes? The next most frequent reaction is a polite edging away. . Tell me what you found about that over the past several years. An argument this book uses over and over again is: scientists were wrong before. When picking studies apart for overlooking details, it does not do to gloss over potentially relevant details oneself.
Instead of relying on faulty science, Fine approaches gender differences from a psychological and sociological perspective. She didn't need to be spurious on top of it. Fine has tackled an immense and largely thankless task. This seems particularly topical given. They are the clinically depressed. These people are living testimony to the dangers of self-knowledge.
The roots of these belie I'm impressed with this book. Make time for this book, even if you think it sounds too brainy. At the end of this section, she points to a mass study, or meta-analysis, that puts together data from thousands of participants from various studies investigating the same question, and showed that, when using a large sample size as opposed to the small ones normally used in these experiments , most of the trends that scientists have claimed to find on gender differences turn out to be statistically insignificant, and therefore unsupported by science. No, bugger the brain, a direct window into the mind as it is being constructed by the brain. My first question to you is: what need is there to do more? Instead, Fine shows that there are almost no areas of performance that are not touched by cultural stereotypes.
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. In 1869 the philosopher John Stuart Mill, in his book The Subjection of Women, was severe on I really think all educators need to read this book. First, she explores the construction of gender and explains aspects of the present inequality from her perspective in social psychology. Most importantly, it would help to understand how we can change the context so that women are given the same opportunities. Myths about gender differences are tackled with substantial evidence. Daniel Lende: I liked that, especially the finish from Allegra Goodman.
There are many, many examples of our gendered culture in this strongly argued but easily read book. What she exposes and describes in detail are poorly designed experiments, blind leaps of faith and convoluted circular reasoning. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space EverydaySexism www. Women, it seems, are just too intuitive for math; men too focused for housework. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it. It may very well turn out that women are superior to men, but they can't simultaneously be better and the same. Most likely, you publish your results without mentioning gender at all in your report except to note the number of male and female participants.
Whether her adversaries can rally their forces and mount a successful counter-attack remains to be seen. It would be particularly interesting to see the Howard analysis repeated with proper attention paid to obvious sources of bias introduced by the fact that women play disproportionately often against other women. The book gets more interesting when the author talks about one of the main psychological studies to test gender differences in the brain, the Mental Rotation Performance test. Already, this charge of wishful thinking has been laid against me. It is not likely to make you more successful competitively, since most new openings are soon refuted and fall into disuse; the rational thing to do from this point of view is to use other people's openings. They are measuring the magnetic quality of hemoglobin, as a proxy for the blood oxygen being consumed in particular regions of the brain. That task involved a lot of the work of Simon Baron-Cohen, who among other things publishes on autism in a sexist and really annoying way.
It is not necessarily very creative. Fine explores these questions by analysing and comparing many studies that tried to determine whether women tend to be more empathetic than men. In a book that sparkles with wit, which is easy to read but underpinned by substantial scholarship and a formidable 100-page bibliography, she attacks the ready generalisations on sexual differences made by neuroscientists and their media exegetes. 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. It produced pretty pictures of brain activity, though! Therefore, it is inevitable that some of the parental biases and ideas and neuroses and hangups will be communicated to the children. Given that so many myths have been built over the decades about gender differences, I find Delusions of Gender a very necessary book.
A boy who chose to wear barrettes to school was reminded by other children that barrettes are for girls. In an amusing story, the 4 year old son decided to wear barrettes in his hair to kindergarten. She finds flaws in the basic methodology of these experiments, or wild extrapolations based on the behavior of young babies. It is not pop science — there is nothing dumbed-down about it, and Dr. I think I've probably brought the book up once a week since, too. With a keen and unrelenting eye, she examines scientific theories and misconceptions, like the role testosterone plays in the fetus. This field is still experimental, tends to use very small sample sizes, and the actual studies often show much less than or something completely different from what pop science authors claim.