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Gender and Our Brains by Gina Rippon
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Aug 27, 2019 | 448 Pages
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“An authoritative debunking of the notion of a gendered brain . . . Ultimately, her message is that a gendered world will produce a gendered brain. The result, unfortunately, is that boys and girls are shaped with different expectations and are often driven down career different paths. Well-crafted and thoroughly documented, this is a must-read for parents, teachers, and anyone of either sex who cares for children.”
—Kirkus, *starred review*

“It’s a highly accessible book. It’s also an important one . . . It has the power . . . to do vastly more for gender equality than any number of feminist ‘manifestos.’”
—Rachel Cooke, Observer
 
“Excellent . . . This book will confront your own prejudices, biases, and beliefs.”
The Sunday Times (London)

“One of those books that should be essential reading before anyone is allowed to be a teacher, or buy a child a present, or comment on anything on Twitter, ever again . . . All systemizing brains out there owe it to themselves to read this calm and logical collection of evidence and science, and all empathizers will understand its importance.”
—Katy Guest, The Guardian

“The history of sex-difference research is rife with innumeracy [and] misinterpretation . . . Rippon, a leading voice against the bad neuroscience of sex difference, uncovers so many examples in this ambitious book that she uses a whack-a-mole metaphor to evoke the eternal cycle . . . a juicy history . . . [and] the book accomplishes its goal of debunking the concept of a gendered brain.” 
—Lise Eliot, Nature

“A treasure trove of information and good humor, Gender and Our Brains offers thought-provoking perspectives on the latest debates about sex, gender, and the brain.”
—Cordelia Fine, author of Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society

“A smart and witty addition to the literature on sex differences. Gina Rippon is one of the most outspoken scientists in this area, and she debunks a whole host of sexist stereotypes in her new book.”
—Angela Saini, author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story

“Takes a scalpel to the research surroinding sex differences in the brain with precision and humor . . . Stereotypes are brain changers.”
—Financial Times

“A brilliant and thorough debunking of the popular myths around sex differences in brains and behavior.”
—Dr. Emily Grossman, broadcaster

“A fresh and much-needed perspective on the gender debate.”
—Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, founder of Stemettes 

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Whac-A-Mole Myths xi
Sex, Gender, Sex/Gender or Gender/Sex:
A Note on Sex and Gender xx
 
Part One
Chapter 1: Inside Her Pretty Little Head— the Hunt Begins 3
Chapter 2: Her Raging Hormones 25
Chapter 3: The Rise of Psychobabble 45
Chapter 4: Brain Myths, Neurotrash and Neurosexism 72
 
Part Two
Chapter 5: The Twenty-First-Century Brain 103
Chapter 6: Your Social Brain 120
 
Part Three
Chapter 7: Baby Matters— To Begin at the Beginning (Or Even a Bit Before) 145
Chapter 8: Let’s Hear It for the Babies 169
Chapter 9: The Gendered Waters in Which We Swim—The Pink and Blue Tsunami 198
 
Part Four
Chapter 10: Sex and Science 235
Chapter 11: Science and the Brain 262
Chapter 12: Good Girls Don’t 282
Chapter 13: Inside Her Pretty Little Head—a Twenty-First-Century Update 309
Chapter 14: Mars, Venus or Earth?—Have We Been Wrong About Sex All Along? 327
Conclusion: Raising Dauntless Daughters (and Sympathetic Sons) 346
 
Acknowledgments 359
Notes 363
Index 413

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