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Fascinating that Fausto Sterling picks about a hundred different scientific female inferiority male dominated society claims and just devastates them, showing their problem riddled studies with details about their neglect to noticing sociological bias and variables It was a WEE bit science y, though My main issue is that it doesn t come off as a book to sway anyone who would be thinking differently and reads like a biology textbook half the time, with pages of completely unnecessary factual explanation every chapter. An excellent overview and deconstruction of several often cited studies Beyond the specific studies cited, it offers great extensive analysis on how the methodology of experiments can be both purposefully and unknowingly biased if they are not carefully designed Citation of older studies especially is problematic when the language and words used have different intrinsic definitions Although this book is a little older, and has some outdated ideas in the area of neuroscience which has recently exploded with data and new models , it is still well worth the read This dialogue continues in Delusions of Gender How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference and Brainstorm The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, which have up to date, but slightly different, discussions. Written by a medical doctor, Myths of Gender explores studies on gender , focusing on the medical aspects Fausto Sterling discusses genes, hormones, brain differences, animal behavior, homosexuality, and how science affects society Succinct, objective, and fascinating. Fausto Sterling challenges the assertions of certain brain scientists and geneticists among others , and offers a history of scientific misconceptions based on biology Her main argument is that these gender myths are used to defend or protect the status quo. It was an interesting read and the author made many good points about research and methods used to enforce our age old myths about gender My only complaint is the book s age some of the content is outdated I d be very interested to read an updated version with commentary regarding new research. Tons of evidence, plus some sharp insight into the weakness of many studies on gender difference Fausto Sterling dissects commonly held beliefs, neatly comparing what s produced as evidence, but also things that experts on gender difference spout from their perches in academia and media.The writing is frequently dry and didactic, but readable Occasionally, however, Fausto Sterling shifts into a conversational or even sardonic tone, and that s when the book comes alive. This book is crushingly hard to get through, but I had to for the sake of my Sociology of Women class I understand what Fausto Sterling is trying to do here proving that the differences of biology between men and women are tenuous at best but this book is so steeped in science and theories and that sort of talk that I often fell asleep I am interested in the differences between men and women from a psychological and women s studies point of view Not that the sociological should be ignored, I m just praying that the rest of the books we have to read are far interesting than this one If you are a biology fiend and love dense scientific talk then this book won t be a problem for you But I like a little entertainment with my education or at least philosophical and easier language to swallow I didn t have any aha moment because this book was just fact after fact I think Malcolm Gladwell always manages to make science fascinating but Fausto Sterling Not so much with this one. Some good information, a little bit research heavy for my taste I do better with philosophy than fact, sometimes but it was well written and persuasive However, I think the nature vs nurture debate, in any sense, is an impossible question to properly study And even if we could find accurate information swaying one way or the other, does answering this question really help us Part of being human involves the natural desire to fight your nature, to progress and become better And if you believe that, what does it matter if women are biologically handicapped when sexism is a morality issue worth fighting to overcome Biology is not a one way determinant but a dynamic component of our existence.A surprisingly funny in a totally snarky way attack on both positivist essentialism and the idea that science could exist in a political vacuum. `Download Book ☠ Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men ⇗ By Carefully Examining The Biological, Genetic, Evolutionary, And Psychological Evidence, A Noted Biologist Finds A Shocking Lack Of Substance Behind Ideas About Biologically Based Sex Differences Features A New Chapter And Afterward On Recent Biological Breakthroughs