Delusions of gender: how our minds, society, and neurosexism create difference

Cordelia Fine

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Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles defend inequalities by citing immutable biological differences between the male and female brain. Why are there so few women in science and engineering, so few men in the laundry room? Well, they say, it's our brains. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology, DELUSIONS OF GENDER rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, help perpetuate the status quo. Cordelia Fine reveals the mind's remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider 'hardwired' is actually malleable. This startling, original and witty book shows the surprising extent to which boys and girls, men and women are made, not born.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Number of pages338
ISBN (Print)9780393068382
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Brain--physiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Brain--Sex differences
  • Sex differences (Psychology)


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