The NeverEnding Story of “Hard-Wired” Gender Differences

The NeverEnding Story of “Hard-Wired” Gender Differences Sex Roles (2011) 65:438–441 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-9976-6 BOOK REVIEW The NeverEnding Story of “Hard-Wired” Gender Differences Delusions of Gender: How our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. By Cordelia Fine, New York, NY, Norton, 2010. 338 pp. $25.95 (hardback). ISBN 978-0-393-06838-2 Kris Hardies Published online: 15 April 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 Speculation about gender differences has a long standing neuroscientific evidence. Despite the enormous complex- tradition. If it is not the size of the brains (e.g., Ankney ities of data acquisition and image processing of fMRI and 1992) then it is mathematical ability (e.g., Benbow and other neuroimaging technologies, the media rarely pays Stanley 1980); if it is not impulses toward aggression (e.g., attention to such issues and reinforces laymen’s (wrong) Buss 1961), then it is interhemispheric transfer of informa- believe that brain scans provide ‘visual proof’ of brain tion (e.g., Nowicka and Fersten 2001); if it is not preferences activity (Racine et al. 2005)—equally vivid as wrong in types of play activities (e.g., Alexander and Hines 1994), depicted by popular science writers Allan and Barbara then it is pleasure in genital sexuality (e.g., Reinholtz and Pease (2001,p.66) as “to see your brain operating live on Muehlenhard 1995). Sex Roles Springer Journals

The NeverEnding Story of “Hard-Wired” Gender Differences

Sex Roles , Volume 65 (6) – Apr 15, 2011

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