Book review: Delusions of Gender (by Cordelia Fine)

Cordelia Fine Delusions of GenderWhen it comes to gender, science has got a poor track record. Across the centuries there has been a consistent tendency for scientists to come to big conclusions about the differences between men and women, boys and girls, based on pretty flimsy evidence. And usually these have been conclusions which conveniently justify existing inequalities and the power status quo.

Cordelia Fine’s Delusions of Gender: the real science behind sex differences sets out to systematically challenge and dismantle this neuroscientific sexism that uses skewed science to prove that women are inherently more suited to caring roles and men to action and objective decision-making. But the brilliance of the book is that she does it, not through ideology but by unpicking centuries of flawed scientific methods and unconscious bias. Taking on the scientists at their own game.

It’s a great book. It’s jam-packed with hardcore evidence but avoids getting bogged down by the data through crystal clear narrative trails and a campaigning zeal that is truly infectious.

This is the book for every woman who has ever doubted herself and her abilities. It’s for every adult who is curious about why they are the way they are. It’s for every parent who has ever wondered about the role of gender in child development and whether the differences between boys and girls are nature or nurture. It’s the ultimate antidote for anyone who has ever read ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ and believed it.

If you are wondering how to parent in a way that counters gender stereotypes, this book won’t have the answers but it will have all the thinking and questions you’ll need to lead you to your own answers!

If this is a topic that interests you, check out this short video on How boys and girls play differently (and why it matters) and my recommended Books for raising confident girls. Or why not book a lunchtime parenting seminar on Raising Girls/Raising Boys for your workplace?

This is not a sponsored post. I bought this book because it interested me. However, this post contains affiliate links so if you click through and buy the book from Amazon, I will receive a small fee (see Disclosure Notice for more details).

©Anita Cleare 2018

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