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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Brain Sex , please sign up. See 1 question about Brain Sex…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 15, Koen Kop rated it it was amazing.
Guess that makes it five stars - well aware that the debate has moved on somewhat since its publication View all 12 comments. Apr 14, Isa rated it did not like it. Yes, the female brain is different from as early as gestation according to an Israeli scientist.
It's also proven female serial killers think with the same parts of their brains as men. Interesting, but if the first is true how can the 2nd ever occur? The answers aren't stated in this book or anywhere I've looked. Science, funny thing it is. In this book it's simply a way to counter feminism. As a STEM major, seeing science used to push down women or help fortify the entire "we think different. Science allows us to see connections, establish facts.
Speak connections, don't put them as facts. Particularly when environment and experience make so much of the human psyche.
Food for thought. Mar 10, Stephanie rated it did not like it. The authors don't take into account any grey areas in human behavior, suggesting genders are cut from two distinct and very different clothes.
Biology is NOT destiny. Horrible book! Dec 21, Janell Rhiannon rated it did not like it. This is the most sexist book I've ever read. Seriously suggesting that we should accept men as viewing women as sex objects and go with the flow No wonder we are still struggling regarding equality between men and women with crap like this out there. I found this book in my library, read it, have no idea how it was added to my collection and now I'm going to burn it in the fire pit.
View all 4 comments. Jan 15, Greta marked it as not-to-read. Jul 31, Brenton rated it really liked it Shelves: science. Brain Sex was written by a neuroscientist and a journalist who attempted to collect the myriad nodes of information about the brains of men and women that science had uncovered up to the mid 80s and then decipher the information with regards to what we as a society believe about gender.
In short, all the science up to the mid 80s more or less makes a laughingstock of feminism and the belief that men and women are, genetically and chemically speaking, identical blank slates upon birth upon which s Brain Sex was written by a neuroscientist and a journalist who attempted to collect the myriad nodes of information about the brains of men and women that science had uncovered up to the mid 80s and then decipher the information with regards to what we as a society believe about gender.
In short, all the science up to the mid 80s more or less makes a laughingstock of feminism and the belief that men and women are, genetically and chemically speaking, identical blank slates upon birth upon which society then impresses gender stereotypes. Such a model of gender couldn't be further from the truth.
This is not to say that sexism in any form is perfectly OK; the book proffers that the differences in the brains of men and women give each gender unique strengths and that it would be best for us as a society to recognize these counterpart strengths and figure out how to use them together, whether in the home, in the office, or wherever, rather than one sex trying to become more like the other or, even worse, ignoring the differences completely and carrying on as if they don't exist.
After starting this book, I was surprised to look back and find that it was published almost twenty years ago. I immediately wondered what vast stores of knowledge on brain chemistry and gender differences have been discovered and published since then, and how those discoveries have further strengthened or weakened our knowledge of how gender is determined by hormones and brain structure. I think that nearly every stereotype is born from truth, no matter how far the stereotype has been twisted, blown out of proportion, or dogmatized.
I don't deny that men and women, in general, act differently in a number of ways, but I also know quite a handful of people who do not follow their gender stereotypes. The science presented in the book clearly explains this, but I'm more curious about the percentages of the population that exhibit these differences, and the authors of Brain Sex don't seem to examine this very closely, instead making broad, sweeping statements about men and map reading and women and emotions.
Oct 29, Ahmet rated it it was ok. Jan 20, Mark Kennedy rated it really liked it. The opening sentence says it all "To maintain that men and women are the same in aptitude, skill or behavior, is to build a society based on a biological and scientific lie.
I found this a very interes The opening sentence says it all "To maintain that men and women are the same in aptitude, skill or behavior, is to build a society based on a biological and scientific lie.
I found this a very interesting read especially in light of the recent or not so recent debates about 'equality'. Mainly that equality means 'sameness' - no difference. In light of this research you could conclude that this definition of 'equality' is impossible given the differences in male and female brains and how those differences shape behavior, social patterns, work choice, family life and the body its self. The authors use broad sweeping generalisations which is generally not what people want to hear but I found helpful in establishing general patterns and understanding the big picture.
They cannot be accused of 'dying the death of qualifications'. I do wonder how the research has progressed in the 20 odd years since the book has been written.
View 1 comment. Oct 15, shay rated it liked it Shelves: books08 , masculinities-guided-reading. Nov 13, Sue Ellis rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments. Dec 20, Adrienne rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This book explains so much about the basic brain differences between males and females! Jun 20, Peter Brooks rated it really liked it. I believe the persons who trash the book as sexist are emotional reactionaries rather than objective critics.
If it had been a comparison of different, but very closely related monkeys who can mate, they probably would have not written such vehement and misleading, in my opinion reviews. By providing extreme examples of brains and bodies which are not almost wholly male or female, perhaps the authors inadvertently opened the door to people who are not almost wholly male or female brains and bodies to infer the authors were insinuating that they are freaks, or have aggravated frustrations because they judge themselves according to stereotypical male or female measures of success rather than their own, unique measures in harmony with their own natures.
In any case, I choose to validate myself, instead, as normal because according to the book I am not almost wholly male brained and that is just as natural. I do wish the authors would write another book now with updated data, correcting and refining their findings in the book, as the additional data would dictate.
Basic for starting to understand that nature makes some things easy for some people and some other things Sometimes it is in our hands to do something but in other cases, in practical terms it is impossible to do anything. The book sets that there are very well known explanations for several of the above cases that otherwise we might not understand never and at all. I read the book precisely to try to release myself from the "romanticism" total absence of "logic", and th Basic for starting to understand that nature makes some things easy for some people and some other things I read the book precisely to try to release myself from the "romanticism" total absence of "logic", and the book truly made well one of the starting stages of that wanted journey Very good experience.
Feb 25, Mostafa Mamdouh rated it it was amazing. This is a great book: - great examples and realistic case studies - deep exploration into the psyche of female and male brains - discussing polygamy with open-mindedness that is particularly rare for Western writers - providing insight on possible improvements to the education system to suit and accommodate the different capabilities of male and female brains customized learning.
Thanks for reading. Feb 20, Anna rated it did not like it.
Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women
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Brainsex by Anne Moir, First Edition
By Lynda Birke. BrainSex is in this genre. This wiring ensures that their brains work along different lines from the moment they are born; so, for example, girlsacquire verbal skills morequickly, and boys develop greater spatial ability. The result, Moir and Jessel suggest, is that boys excel in maths and science, while girls are more concerned with communicating with other people. As adults, male brains ensure that their owners singlemindedly pursue careers. Hyperbole is an obvious risk of popular accounts of science. That is heady stuff.
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