2017/04/19

BOOK REVIEW:
DELUSIONS OF GENDER BY CORDELIA FINE

Title: Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
Author: Cordelia Fine
Published: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 338
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This book looks at the science of the brain in the male and female brain, what seperates them, what doesn't and what it all means.


Review:
This was a very interesting book.

I've never really been exposed to that many theories of the male and female brain and their differences, so most of this was pretty new to me. It was quite fascinating though, to see the research done in this area, the interpretation of different results and the authors thoughts on them. It's also interesting to read about the history of this type of thinking; trying to find a bodily difference in the brain between men and women and often ignoring our own culture and the way we've structured our society throughout the ages. It's also an interesting comment on jumping to conclusions and being critical and cautious of what some research "determines".

It's clearly a well-researched book and it's quite easy to understand and follow along. It's also a bit funny which I appreciated, because it helped alleviate some of the weight of this book. It's a book that packs a punch, yes, but it's also repetitive and a little bit dry. I also would've loved to see an updated version of this book, which included more on gender identities and not just pure female/male gender roles. I think the past ten years has brought a lot of discussions on gender that's quite interesting and important, and because I've been so exposed to that, I couldn't help but feel this to be a bit narrow.

I'd say it's one of the more interesting books I've read, but doesn't necessarily score that high on the enjoyment scale. It took effort to get through but it was worth it. I would recommend it if you're interested in the topic, but I would advise taking it bite by bite and not trying to eat it all in one go.
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