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Academic Body jPeople who don t identify fully and consistently as either male or female so prefer non gendered nouns and pronouns Sally Hines Is Gender Fluid which I reviewed HERE It also has a very youthful funky format though not comic book Alex Iantaffi and Meg John Barker s Life Isn t Binary which I reviewed HERE It starts with sexualities and genders but goes on to relationships bodies emotions and thinking Barker likes they because I experience myself as pretty plural Robert Webb s autobiography How Not to be a Boy which I reviewed HERE He cites this book as an influence on his ideas about gender preferences not being innate This is a remarkably good book and anyone who s remotely interested in claims that there might be inherent differences in mental function between men and women should read it It s insightful carefully researched well written and often very funny And if it doesn t make you change your mind about at least a few things in this area you are either a remarkably knowledgable person or an incurable bigotI had read a few books and articles that touched on the subject of inherent gender differences and I m afraid I had swallowed them rather uncritically Without understanding any of the details I had absorbed the vague idea that science had now established with the help of modern neuro imaging techniues that there were clear differences between male and female brains Men had stronger spatial and mathematical skills and women had stronger verbal and emotional skills and this all dovetailed sensibly with various biological and evolutionary storiesFine who works in psychology and appears to know the literature well demonstrates that this story absolutely fails to stand up to critical examination 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 Researchers carry out poorly designed experiments with inadeuate numbers of subjects and then draw sweeping conclusions from differences which are not even clearly significant They look at coarse measures of activation in parts of the brain whose functions are still largely unclear and mysteriously deduce general cognitive principles relying on the fact that few people know how to interpret a brain scan In surprisingly many cases they flat out lie I am shocked though I suppose thisust shows how naive I am I have worked for a long time in Artificial Intelligence a field that is notorious for overhyping its achievements Somehow I had thought these people were better than us but that does not appear to be trueHaving read Fine s masterly demolition Saint Germain On Alchemy job it is tempting toump to the other extreme and conclude that there are no inherent differences between male and female minds and that those differences we see are entirely due to social conditioning I do not think however that that would be true to the deeper spirit of the book Fine who comes across as an admirable person is upfront about the fact that no one is neutral in this debate and she does not even pretend to be neutral herself this is indeed one of the things which makes her writing so amusing She shows how researchers time after time have made claims about gender differences which in hindsight have turned out to be utterly absurd The rational response is to be as skeptical as possible about all such claims and I will pay Fine the compliment of treating her own arguments with the same skepticism I am indeed convinced by the way she refutes arguments that women are incapable of performing as well as men on a variety of tasks where they have traditionally been supposed inferior The section on the notorious spatial rotation task was particularly startling But there are all the same a number of facts which I do not think are obviously explained inside the framework she describes here With some misgivings I will outline what they are To begin there is the uncontroversial fact that autism and Asperger s Syndrome are far common in men than in women I know a fair amount about this from personal experience my older son is autistic and I have spent a large part of my life interacting with chessplayers computer scientists mathematicians and other groups where Asperger s types turn out to be common It is hard to believe that this is coincidential The highly focused obsessive narrow Asperger s mindset seems to be a natural fit to these occupations or exactly to certain ways of approaching these occupations I would like to make it clear that I am in no way saying that women cannot be chessplayers mathematicians or computer scientists I know many women who are world class in these fields But there is a way of doing such things which is characteristically Asperger sautistic and hence characteristically male The clearest and most extreme example I can come up with is inventing a new chess opening There are several hundred accepted chess openings and to the best of my knowledge none of them have been invented by women Why is this Obviously I don t know but here are some thoughts Inventing a chess opening is something that reuires a great deal of talent and hard work but there is something to it than that which is hard to pin down the best description I have seen is in Lev Polugaevsky s wonderful book Grandmaster Preparation which I have read many times Basically inventing an opening is not a useful activity in any normal sense of the word Most strong chessplayers most World Champions even have never invented an opening It is not likely to make you 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 It is not necessarily very creative The real reward is that it appeals to a kind of stubbornness The person who invents the opening goes his own way against the whole world ust to show that he can Thinking in this way is a kind of madness that is much commoner in men It is not so much that women can t do it it is that hardly any women can see why they would want to do it which is entirely sensible But somehow society as a whole seems to benefit from the existence of this small group of people who are willfully different "Even If The Majority Of "if the majority of have wasted their lives without achieving anything Chess is a richer and interesting game because there are all these different paths one can takeSo Fine hasn t convinced me that because there are all these different paths one can takeSo Fine hasn t convinced me that and women really do think alike at the deepest level I believe it will be a long time before we understand what s going on there But she has convinced me that s going on there But she has convinced me that facile arguments about brain scans proving that women are inherently wired to read emotions but not to understand calculus are utter crap If you haven t already done so check out this book Postscript about a year and a half laterI m glad to say that I might have been wrong about women and chess openings Looking at Bologan s book on the Chebanenko Slav it certainly seems like there s a case for a Stefanova Variation it goes 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 a6 5 a4 e6 6 Bg5 and now Stefanova s trademark reply is 6 a5 reaching the following positionBologan thinks it may be the best move and explicitly mentions former Women s World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova as the person who s done most to help make it respectable indeed a uick look at the Chessbase online game database shows that she s defended this position eight times drawing seven and winning one One of her opponents was Beliavsky a previous top 10 player and still very strongGo Stefanova Surely others will follow where she has led Update Apr 20 2015Former World Championship finalist Nigel Short enters the debate details hereDespite the fact that my lifetime score against Grandmaster Short is 2 0 in my favor I would like to make it clear that I in no way consider myself intelligent than he is Statistics can be very misleading when taken out of context Update May 30 2015The Chessbase site today posted another piece on gender differences in chess and academia Women in chess the role of innate ability beliefs by Wei Ji Ma Although the paper is interesting and makes some excellent points I m struck by the way the participants in this debate seem to be talking past each other Ma says early on that the available statistical evidence indicates that gender differences in achievement are largely or entirely due to differences in participation But this is exactly what the Howard study uoted by Short claims is not trueI think we need actual data here 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 Update Feb 2 2016Nigel Short whose comments about women and chess have been widely circulated lost earlier this week to Harika Dronavalli India in the third round of the Gibraltar Masters Despite the fact that GM Harika thoroughly outplayed him and won a good game as Black it would be premature to draw any sweeping conclusions from a single result Update Apr 15 2017Hou Yifan the highest rated woman player in the world posted a disappointing loss against Vassily Ivanchuk in their recent match But today she came back strong in the first round of the GRENKE Classic and destroyed Fabiano Caruana who s currently World 4 She then followed up by beating Meier a normally very solid German grandmaster and drawing with World Champion CarlsenGo Hou Update Apr 19 2017From a recent interview with chess legend Alexander MorozevichBetween a man and a woman there are differences and significant ones but we re all first and foremost people Can I simply looking at the notation of a game say that it was played by a woman I tried it a couple of times and I didn t manage there are no clear differences In the results meanwhile there are differences and only a few women have so far been capable of playing on the level of the men s Top 100 and I don t fully understand why that s the case In other intellectual games the proportions are or less the same with the very top occupied by men It would be interesting to do research on that topic Women in chess have one undoubted advantage they can play in men s tournaments while we can t play in women s I once asked a FIDE official Why is there such an injustice His answer surpassed all my expectations You understand there s a World Championship for women and a World Championship for people Update Aug 2 2017Hou Yifan ust won the Biel Grandmaster tournament ahead of a field that included a former world champion a former world championship challenger and three other players currently in the world top 40 Details hereNice going Ho. Erent explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender Passionately argued and unfailingly astute Delusions of Gender provides us with a much needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different a belief that as Fine shows with insight and humor all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our socie.

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Delusions of Gender The Real Science Behind Sex DifferencesThis nature vs nurture debate is getting oldThis book argues against the claim that women and men have different brains and that this difference causes women to be significantly better or worse at some things and men significantly better or worse at others As far as I knew few legitimate scientists today make this claim which is clearly sexist and would Haylee justify discrimination so I was pretty surprised and somewhat skeptical to discover this immense sexist contingent among brain scientists and psychologists some of whom are women I ve heard of some of them Steven and Susan Pinker were clearly misrepresented Others such John Gray aren t even scientistsThis book spends most of its pages presenting psychological studies showing that people are suggestible that messages Let me boil the book down for the busy reader whenever someone chooses to ignore all the documented evidence of discrimination in favor ofust so stories about biology in order to keep right on discriminating you can take their evidence as having all the validity of the presenter s good intentions to end discriminationSorry that was a long and awkward summation In The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) justice to the book I d prefer to be pithy funny and understandable Fine has tackled an immense and largely thankless task First she s read all those awful gender essentialist pop psych books for which she should receive medals cookies and probably hazard pay Next she s actually gone through all the books and articles making claims about how neurobiology is gender destiny 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 Then she went through the references of these many works and actually looked at the studies to show where they were bad and often where theyust plain don t say what the authors claim they do Finally she puts it all together along with research from many other areas in a way that is dryly amusing occasionally snarky but I think probably very clear even for those who don t read medical ournals for workA sample which amused meSo let us with healthy skepticism summarize all of this as clearly as we can Nonexistent sex differences in language lateralization mediated by nonexistent sex differences in corpus callosum structure are widely believed to explain nonexistent sex differences in language skillsConfusedWe ve only ust begun It s brilliant and authoritative and she loathes bad science reporting 僕のヒーローアカデミア 3-4 just as much as I do so of course I love it But I recommend it to others who might be curious about the topic as well as those who enjoy seeing bad science thoroughly mockedLawrence Sumner for example Men Can t Be Bothered to Be Nice Women Can t be Taught to Be Smart and the likeI do so I must guessing what the non scientist would thinkLibrary copy Israeli study shows that blinding math tests lowers boys grades and raises girls The Path to Gay Rights just as blinded auditions changed orchestrasJust to be clear It is not possible to find biological determinants of gender because gender is learned social behavior and as such varies significantly between social groups and over time Truly a brilliant book And laugh out loud funny in uite a few places It s a book so full of interesting information it s very tempting to write a review in which one relates one s favorite experiments factoids or statistics But I will mostly resist What I d like to highlight are two featuresWe have all heard and perhaps told stories like the following I wanted to bring up my children in a gender neutral way but at a certain point the boy naturally took to smashing up trucks and the girl naturally took to worshipping pink princess paraphernalia So I guess these things must be innate after all This phenomenon is known to sociologists as the biology as fallback position In one particularly grating and smug riff on this theme Steven Pinker is uoted as saying there is a technical term for people who believe that little boys and little girls are born indistinguishable and are molded into their natures by parental socialization The term is childless And Fine goes on to comment The frustration of the naively nonsexist parent has become a stapleoke An all but obligatory paragraph in contemporary books and articles about hardwired gender differences gleefully describes a parent s valiant but always comically hopeless attempts at gender neutral parenting 190 1 But then Fine tells us about the Bems psychologists who in the 1970s decided to try gender neutral parenting seriously And what a lot it involved They would doctor all their children s books whiting out beards lengthening hair and adding breasts to some of the illustrations no doubt to rectify the fact that in the illustrations of children s books even today males are represented at a ratio of 21 relative to females oops a factoid ust slipped out deleting or altering sections of the text that described females or males in a sex stereotyped manner 215 and so on They also taught their children only to allocate people to a gender on the basis of their anatomy and reproductive functions In an amusing story the 4 year old son decided to wear barrettes in his hair to kindergarten He tried to correct his classmate s misconception by saying that he wasn t a girl because he had a penis not a vagina The other boy retorted Everyone has a penis but only girls wear barrettes As Fine points out the moral of this story is not to elicit admiration or contempt for the Bems but to illustrate ust how hard it is to raise a child in a gender neutral way The best efforts of the comically frustrated liberal parents who find their kids acting according to stereotype do not show that differences in behavior are innate kids acting according to stereotype do not show that differences in gender behavior are Fine describes gendering of children is ubiuitous in the culture and intense to an almost unimaginable degree Not even the Bem children could avoid it altogether And children are acutely sensitive to the multiple instructions they receive in the very air they breathe about how to conform to their genders Children randomly assigned at preschool to a red group or a blue group and wearing the appropriate colored T shirts to school each day after three weeks with no further reinforcement will find themselves conforming to what they take to be the norms for their respective groups One needs little imagination to see how much intrusive the pressures on gender conformity will be even if the parents are like the BemsThis brings me to the second point i want to to the second point I want to A host of brain researchers now present themselves as radical iconoclasts because they claim that the evidence of fMRIs etc prove that there are innate differences between male and female brains forcing them to buck the prevailing norms of political correctness in the starry eyed gender neutral utopias of which they would so much love to believe Boo hoo As Fine s book makes amply clear science has always alighted on the newest thing brain size spinal chord strength nerve fragility energy sapping ovaries to show why gender ineualities that always accord greater status and power to men are natural Seen in this light fMRIs are Gendered Citizenships just the latest fad Of course that doesn t prove that the claims made about what they show are false Fine has plenty to say about how shoddy a lot of the research is how biased the interpretations of it and so on But this history is certainly salient enough that anyone presenting themselves as providing scientific evidence for gender differences in psychology and behavior risks looking somewhat ridiculous And it places a burden on such researchers to be doubly careful about extrapolating from their results This is even true in light of the fact that the existence of the claims made for what brain scans show itself influences how well people perform In tests women do less well at male stereotypical tasks when asked to read some scientific claims about women s innate inferiority in such tasks than if asked to read something else first These irresponsible and popular interpretations of neurological evidence neuro bollocks as they have been called do notust support the status uo they reinforce itFine s book packs a huge punch In a funny and easy to read way she explodes so much neuro bollocks she ought to get a prize for it I decided to take a break from being girlishly bad at math and reading people s minds with my lady empathizing skills to read this book and I sure am glad I did Because it is hilarious And fascinating Cordelia Fine goes through all the old lines that I m sure you ve heard a thousand times I know I have that men s brains are Alien Disclosure at Area 51 just better at building stuff and making money while women areust natural nurturers they Singing the Law just want to nurture the shit out of everything because FEELINGS Anyways she takes a closer look at Didn t realise Cordelia was Australian This is a lovely video of her views s say you have read a couple of books on the science that explains the differences between the sexes Soust what are you likely to have been told Well one thing would be that men have brains that are built to be logical and mathematical than women s brains this is due to men s better spatial rotational abilities that are a conseuence of right brain localisation and that this helps to explain why men end up in most of the high status Alchemic jobs like Engineering or Scienceust as their greater aggression ensures they end up President or CEO But that this comes at a cost men tend to be socially dysfunctional a conseuence of their limited ability to use their somewhat larger brains laterally This hinders them in their linguistic abilities men being simply not as fluent as women But this is okay because it is women who need to be able to look after kids and do the hous I really think all educators need to read this book Fine s target is the new gender essentialism the reconstructed sexism that attempts to put women back in their traditional roles as unbenders of husbands brows and caregivers to children and to keep them out of politics mathematics and the sciences by asserting that they are fitted for their place by essential female abilities and incapacities In 1869 the philosopher John Stuart Mill in his book The Subjection of Women was severe on this fallacy but like a zombie it ust keeps getting up backed by the bad science fad of the day Neurosexists are advising school leaders to adjust their teaching for gender differences and with the threat of empathy based math looming Fine felt she must call a halt She selects some choice uotes to show us how little the new sexism differs from the old this is a very funny book then proceeds to dismantle it with a three pronged attackFirst she explores the construction of gender and If I “Fine’s sharp tongue is tempered with humor Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is” The New York TimesIt’s the twenty first century and although we tried to rear unisex children boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks we failed Even though the glass ceiling is cracked most women stay comfortably beneath it And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” differences between male and female brains The neuroscience that we read about in magazines newspaper articles books and sometim. .
Ad a dollar for every time someone friend reuested me on Goodreads because of my gender a guy who reads wow I would probably have enough money to buy a new Kindle As a male who loves books and aims for a career in clinicalcounseling psychology a and female dominated field part of me has always wondered whether I ust lack the typical male brain Are girls biologically geared toward the humanities and males toward the hard sciences Do women really empathize than men because of their brain chemistryCordelia Fine offers a clear answer no In Delusions of Gender she unravels the myth that we can chalk up gender differences to our neurology With a keen and unrelenting eye she examines scientific theories and misconceptions like the role testosterone plays in the fetus She dedicates a large portion of the book to knocking down neurosexism In recent years several individuals have boasted about experiments that use fMRI and PET scans to detect differences in the brain Fine makes sure to reveal the flaws associated with those studies and why we should be skeptical of the conclusions they espouseInstead of relying on faulty science Fine approaches gender differences from a psychological and sociological perspective As a psychology major I loved her incorporation of self fulfilling prophecy and stereotype threat such as including a study about how women who had to check a gender box either male or female performed worse on an exam than women who took the test without marking their gender The section about gender neutral parenting stood out to me too It s not enough to Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ just offer our children toys stereotypically associated with the opposing gender especially when gender distinctions arise so soonHighly recommended for those interested in feminism neuroscience psychology or gender studies In contemporary society we often cling to claims made by people with scientific backgrounds even though some of those claims have no legitimate support I didn t go into too much depth about all of Fine s arguments in this review but she invested a laudable amount of effort into Delusions of Gender the book has about 100 pages of citations and her writing conveys her passion as well Things I have never seen1 A male harpist Well alright there was this guy But in an orchestra2A female bishop in the Church of England3A female angler4A male nursery school teacher 5A female truck driver I m not saying they don t exist and I m certainly not saying they shouldn t exist it sust that I ve never seen one Actually number 2 really doesn t exist which is odd as women may be ordained in the C of EThings I have heard which I really wish I hadn t1An Austrian mother who said they weren t going to send their daughter to the academic secondary school but to a vocational type school Because an education isn t so important for a girl2A sports ock who said that we d been really unlucky to only have girls When I looked at him somewhat aghast he said it was because my husband didn t have anyone to play ball with well to do real sport with like football As Cordelia Fine says in her book you d think that girls were born without arms or legs3Daughter number one now an IT expert so no great damage done reporting on the IT class at school there were 16 in the class and 15 computers It was always the two girls in the class who had to share a computer Every weekUpdate on January 26th 2015 Libby Lane is being consecrated today as Bishop of Stockport Well well A detailed but informal look at the pervasive power of gender stereotypes backed by science Sounds good doesn t it Not for me though My reading of this included International Women s Day that wasn t intentional but it felt like undeserved penance for such a day The 2 rating indicates how interesting and enjoyable this book was for me Were I rating in purely objective terms it would be a solid 3 maybe even 4 given the importance of the intended messageIn a NutshellFine debunks the deterministic views of gender that are often based on brain structure and organisation She seems to believe there are NO innate differences between the sexes which is a bit of a stretch to me However she clearly shows the impossibility of investigating possible brain differences without overestimating the multiple and often subtle effects of culture You can t raise or measure children in a societal vacuum She ridicules poorly designed experiments that assume too much from too little but presents less in her own defence It was better at giving concrete examples of how research can be misinterpreted examples below than it was at revealing anything much about genderProblems I had with This Book It doesn t know what it is it s too self consciously okey for a serious text but with 100 of 350 pages being notes bibliography and index it s thorough than one expects in pop sci The Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change jovial tone makes it a uick casual read but the exhaustive references would be suited to following up with one s own investigation It is painfully repetitive Fine makes good and important points but she makes the sames ones again and again and again I ve summarised them below Fine is angry about bad and misinterpreted research Such things need pointing out but sometimes she picks very easy targets papers by 18th century doctors for instance or lays into one or two individuals at excessive length principally Simon Baron Cohen and Louann Brizendine Conversely she is utterly sure of her own rightness even when using anecdotal cases rather than proper studies to back up her points She criticises others for lazy stereotyping and in the next sentence suggests that men are not so keen on attending male dominated conferences because there s less opportunity for sex I am left unsure how much I trust her or those she criticises The important points she makes got lost in the haze of my mounting irritation It is narrowly about malefemale gender roles rather than the broad spectrum of gender identity which is what I am interested in However that s a fault of my expectations rather than the book itself I don t feel I learned much I read plenty of examples of experiments and studies and how toudge their validity but people like Ben Goldacre have long covered that ground very well The gender angle was the context of the debunking but largely confirmed what I "already believed Key MessagesMost of these are probably familiar to the sort of people who read "believed Key MessagesMost of these are probably familiar to the sort of people who read book like Stereotypes they re pervasive and powerful even than you pervasive and powerful Even so than you They start before birth and imbue our life as self fulfilling prophesies however much we try to go against them Even pre schoolers extrapolate beyond what they ve been told seeing pointy shapes as inherently masculine than rounded ones like the boubakiki effect often used in synaesthesia studies Gender matters to them because it s the main social grouping they have other than adultchild no geeks sporty types arty divisions yet Context is all This applies to most things in life a crucial consideration in angry online grammar debates Where gender is concerned if we prime people to think of gender eg a maths exam that has a MF tick box people are likely to conform strongly to gendered expectations Neuroplasticity very little behaviour is hard wired in our brains Even if something is typical that doesn t mean it s necessary or inevitable Look carefully at psychology research Is it testing what it claims to test Comparisons based on different levels of foetal testosterone use a variety of proxies of dubious accuracy the amount found in amniotic fluid mother s blood baby s digit length Is there unconscious bias or knowledge in the testers If testers know the sex of a baby as they usually will that may skew how they interact Are the results borne out by the numbers Just under 50% of women have what Baron Cohen classes as a female brain Are the assumptions fallacious When testing toy choice are the toys really gendered the way the testers assume Why is a pan feminine to a monkey Reporting bias it s interesting to report a difference Studies that fail to find one may not be published Various sorts of brain imaging are sexyThey use expensive euipment to produce scientific pictures But they don t necessarily show what we think they do Beware of using biology as a fall back explanationIf a little girl loves pink despite her parents best efforts to the contrary surely huge marketing hype and peer pressure are at least as much of a factor as hormones As for the mother who couldn t understand why her daughter swaddled cuddled and put to bed her toy hammer perhaps the reason was that it was always her mother and never her father that put her to bed Gender neutral parenting is almost impossible to achieve Yet until a century ago it was normal for all under 5s to be dressed similarly white dresses and when colours became common it was strong red or pink for boys and pretty blue for girls When we read picture books we tend to use male pronouns for all the unspecified characters human or animal Female leads are remarkably rare in unior fiction none in 42 Dr Seuss but although there are occasional tomboys you never get a sissy boy There s a glass ceiling for ambitious women and a glass escalator for men in traditionally female dominated obs Sometimes a cigar is Rebuilding just a cigar When are a few dirty cups a symbol of the exertion of male privilege and when are they merely unwashed dishes Having it all never meant doing it all Gloria Steinem Men aren t from Mars and women aren t from Venus We re probably all from the moonSmilesSome have enjoyed the humour of this It certainly raised a couple of smiles for me but most of the witty asides struck me as rather sarcastic orust cheap uses of the sort of stereotypes she purports to hate For instance when pointing out that the widespread use of strip clubs in corporate hospitality excludes women from important networking she weakens her outrage imo by suggesting that female colleagues fake a headache and stay homeI want to end on a positive note so here are the two best ones In a passage explaining that after about 7 children tend to become slightly flexible in their thinking about gender she adds that those who don t end up with successful careers writing books based on rigid gender stereotypes with a footnote The footnote says This is a Intro to Alien Invasion joke rather than a scientific fact Yep that really was the second best one imo Following on from caveats about over reliance on neuroimaging Fine cites an empathy study performed on salmon that were dead It produced pretty pictures of brain activity thoughSee Also Bongiovanni and Jimerson s A uick Easy Guide to TheyThem Pronouns which I reviewed HERE It s a comic book that is mainly about non binary and genderfluid. Es even scientificournals increasingly tells a tale of two brains and the result is often than not a validation of the status uo Women it seems are ust too intuitive for math; men too focused for houseworkDrawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars She then goes one step further offering a very diff.