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Done most o help make it respectable indeed a uick look at La Comida Me Cae Bien / A Method for Healthy Digestion the Chessbase online game database showshat she s defended The Tristan Chord this position eightimes drawing seven and winning one One of her opponents was Beliavsky a previous op 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 he debate details hereDespite The Non Violent Struggle for Freedom 1905-1919 the facthat my lifetime score against Grandmaster Short is 2 0 in my favor I would like Sobrevivir al fracaso to make it clearhat I in no way consider myself intelligent han he is Statistics can be very misleading when aken out of context Update May 30 2015The Chessbase site Hair Love today posted another piece on gender differences in chess and academia Women in chesshe role of innate ability beliefs by Wei Ji Ma Although The New Neighbors the paper is interesting and makes some excellent points I m struck byhe way The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders the participants inhis debate seem Losing My Sister, A Memoir to bealking past each other Ma says early on hat he available statistical evidence indicates hat gender differences in achievement are largely or entirely due o differences in participation But The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom this is exactly whathe Howard study uoted by Short claims is not Multimodal Conduct in the Law: Language, Gesture and Materiality in Legal Interaction trueIhink we need actual data here It would be particularly interesting Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact to seehe Howard analysis repeated with proper attention paid World Music to obvious sources of bias introduced byhe fact hat women play disproportionately often against other women Update Feb 2 2016Nigel Short whose comments about women and chess have been widely circulated lost earlier his week Beyond All Reasonable Doubt to Harika Dronavalli India inhe My Teacher Is a Robot third round ofhe Gibraltar Masters Despite Word and Church: Essays in Christian Dogmatics the facthat GM Harika horoughly outplayed him and won a good game as Black it would be premature o draw any sweeping conclusions from a single result Update Apr 15 2017Hou Yifan he highest rated woman player in he world posted a disappointing loss against Vassily Ivanchuk in heir recent match But oday she came back strong in Eustathios of Thessaloniki: The Capture of Thessaloniki the first round ofhe GRENKE Classic and destroyed Fabiano Caruana who s currently World 4 She Darwin Becomes Art 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 womanhere are differences and significant ones but we re all first and foremost people Can I simply looking at Beyond Effective: Practices in Self-Aware Leadership the notation of a game sayhat it was played by a woman I ried it a couple of imes and I didn Count Me In t managehere are no clear differences In he results meanwhile here are differences and only a few women have so far been capable of playing on he level of he men s Top 100 and I don fully understand why hat s Gambler's Wedding the case In other intellectual gameshe proportions are or less he same with he very op occupied by men It would be interesting o do research on hat opic Women in chess have one undoubted advantage Forbidden Fantasies Bundle (Includes: Forbidden Fantasies they can play in men sournaments while we can play in women s I once asked a FIDE official Why is here such an injustice His answer surpassed all my expectations You understand Instant Promotions there s a World Championship for women and a World Championship for people Update Aug 2 2017Hou Yifan just wonhe Biel Grandmaster Pro Football Trivia tournament ahead of a fieldhat included a former world champion a former world championship challenger and A Walk Across the Sun three other players currently inhe world Cross Dressing top 40 Details hereNice going Hou I decidedo ake a break from being girlishly bad at math and reading people s minds with my lady empathizing skills o read his book and I sure am glad I did Because it is hilarious And fascinating Cordelia Fine goes hrough all Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times the old lineshat I m sure you ve heard a housand imes I know I have hat men s brains are just better at building stuff and making money while women are just natural nurturers hey just want o nurture he shit out of everything because FEELINGS Anyways she akes a closer look at all hese claims and experiments and disputes just about every one of RLS them with scientific criticism And she does it in a wayhat is sarcastic and witty and readable and interesting This book mainly focuses on white middle o upper class gender construction and brain research which makes sense because most claims about brain sex differences are based on middle o upper class white folks It would be interesting however if she wrote a seuel with a wider focus And occasionally Why Not Now? Leader's Guide: You Don’t Have to “Grow Up” to Follow Jesus the scientificerms get a ad bit overwhelming but if you want a readable academic book about neurosexism you aren going Husband in Harmony to find a better interesting readable bookThis book should be onhe bestseller list Everyone should read his This should be in he waiting room of every maternity ward and in The Rich Girl Goes Wild the break room of every public school I am so gladhat I stumbled across Lone Star Refuge (Deep in the Heart, this gem of a book and I can recommend it highly enough It s funny and substantive and hat is about he rarest a combination Masters of War: Militarism and Blowback in the Era of American Empire there is If I had a dollar for everyime someone friend reuested me on Goodreads because of my gender a guy who reads wow I would probably have enough money o 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 just lack he Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman typical male brain Are girls biologically gearedoward he humanities and males oward The Broadcast Voice the hard sciences Do women really empathizehan men because of The Byzantine Wars their brain chemistryCordelia Fine offers a clear answer no In Delusions of Gender she unravelshe myth The Berenstain Bears Follow Gods Word that we can chalk up gender differenceso our neurology With a keen and unrelenting eye she examines scientific The Berenstain Bears Follow God's Word theories and misconceptions likehe role Ouija testosterone plays inhe theories and misconceptions like Music Data Analysis the roleestosterone plays in he She dedicates a large portion of he book DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York to knocking down neurosexism In recent years several individuals have boasted about experimentshat use fMRI and PET scans Sailing Into Retirement: 7 Ways to Retire on a Boat at 50 with 10 Steps That Will Keep You There Until 80 to detect differences inhe brain Fine makes sure Japanese Cultural Encounters to revealhe flaws associated with Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored those studies and why we should be skeptical ofhe conclusions hey 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 hreat such as including a study about how women who had o check a gender box either male or female performed worse on an exam han women who Mind Body Bowl: Think, move and eat your way to a more balanced life tookhe Lhomme De Kaboul test without markingheir gender The section about gender neutral parenting stood out The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches to meoo It s not enough Unleashing Mr. Darcy to just offer our childrenoys stereotypically associated with he opposing gender especially when gender distinctions arise so soonHighly recommended for hose interested in feminism neuroscience psychology or gender studies In contemporary society we often cling o claims made by people with scientific backgrounds even hough some of Red Plaid Shirt: Stories New Selected those claims have no legitimate support I didn go into oo much depth about all of Fine s arguments in his review but she invested a laudable amount of effort into Delusions of Gender he book has about 100 pages of citations and her writing conveys her passion as well This nature vs nurture debate is getting oldThis book argues against he claim hat women and men have different brains and hat What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life this difference causes womeno be significantly better or worse at some hings and men significantly better or worse at others As far as I knew few legitimate scientists oday make Undone this claim which is clearly sexist and would justify discrimination so I was pretty surprised and somewhat skepticalo discover Mistletoe, Moonlight, Murder this immense sexist contingent among brain scientists and psychologists some of whom are women I ve heard of some ofhem Steven and Susan Pinker were clearly misrepresented Others such John Gray aren Her Surprise Hero t even scientistsThis book spends most of its pages presenting psychological studies showinghat people are suggestible Mills and Boon Complete Christmas Collection 2017 (Mills Boon e-Book Collections) that messages fromhe culture can influence one s confidence and feeling of belonging even The Lotterys More or Less their very identity and personality andhat his can impact heir abilities Snowed In With The Reluctant Tycoon to perform orheir interest in a subject All his does is show hat society can influence people not hat brain differences can Many of he studies in his book seem legitimate and factual Some of it was pretty persuasive and really made me This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story think Buthe presentation of hese studies often seemed o exaggerate hem For example after discussing subtle ways social cues and whether one feels hey belong can influence people o prefer and perform differently all very reasonable he book concludes A few words The Disasters tohe effect Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism that a Y chromosome will serve in your favor or a sprucing up ofhe interior design is all The Magicians of Elephant County that itakes The Evolution Of Modern Land Warfare to bring about surprisingly substantial changes in career interest Having seen what effect on career interests a simple brief manipulation inhe lab can have one can The Sudanese Communist Party t help but wonder athe cumulative influence of The Commodity Futures Game: Who Wins? Who Loses? Why? that giant inescapable social psychology lab known as lifeWait sohere were some findings of subtle influence in a lab and so Critical Thinking the book s conclusion based only on one can help but wonder is Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society that only a few words is all itakes for substantial changes in career interest in life That s a huge exaggeration of he findings It s also pure speculation based on ideology not facts based on evidence Actually it seems pretty sexist o claim hat women are so flimsy and suggestible It sounds suspiciously like he delicate flower argument of Grand Designs: Building Your Dream Home traditionalists Be careful what you sayo girls lest you crush The Queen, Vol. 2 their fragile little spirits I know it wouldake a hell of a lot han a few words o The Bachelor's Bride talk me out of my dreamsHere s another gem This anecdote suggests a workplace environmenthat olerates a deep disrespect for women Mmm anecodotes suggesting deep hings Now here s some seriously rigorous researchSometimes she s clearly reaching Like when she alks about a study hat found gender differences in babies who are only one day old She claims his study was flawed because here could have been some socialization hat happened in The Heart Of Christmas that one day sinceheir birthAn argument A Ranch, A Ring And Everything this book uses over and over again is scientists were wrong before I can almost hear neener neener behindhe words So what Scientists are wrong all he ime That s how science works Being wrong isn Grand Masti - Fun Never Ends t cause for dismissal in science That s what ideology does Being wrong inhe past does not imply claims in Darkened Days the present are false This is calledhe continuum fallacy and it s usually
employed by pseudoscienceby pseudoscience like creationists and global warming deniersConsider he facts hat are not in dispute We know hat humans are a sexually dimorphic species Men and women are physically different They have different reproductive systems and different physical proportions We know hat sexual selection is a part of Lords of Temptation: The Earl's Intriguing Imposter / The Duke's Blind Temptation the evolutionary process and we knowhat males and females have had vastly different selective pressures which have manifested as different mating behaviors in all other dimorphic speciesSo his heory hat all of Gender Psychology Is Socialized Is Extremely Tenuous psychology is socialized is extremely enuous does not suare with what we know about evolution All hat is reuired o falsify it is evidence of only one difference It only akes evidence of one innate psychological difference between men and women o prove hat here is at least SOME difference Once Depression: Finding Hope Meaning in Life's Darkest Shadow that is establishedhen it s only a uestion of which differences are genetic and how significant The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make they areSincehat is all First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor that is reuired and sincehis The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope theory is based on presuppositions from feminist ideologyhan evidence based he easiest way o disprove it is Dont Blame the Shorts to offer one piece of evidencehat coincides with mainstream feminist ideology so hey cannot possibly dispute it I will do hat nowMost psychologists now agree Don't Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself that sexual preference is at least in part an innate psychological characteristic Homosexuality is innate in some individuals Forhe rest of us men are innately attracted Good Karma to women and women are innately attractedo men On average here is a vast difference between men and women as o which gender hey find sexually appealing You cannot socialize children o be gay so Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity there is no reasono deny gays he right o marry and it s abusive Something Worth Landing For tory What the Waves Know to socialize young homosexualso be heterosexual This is a position most feminists Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus take very strongly and it s clearly an innate psychological difference between men and womenThe exception is lesbian feminism This ishe position Your Best Age Is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergize Your Dreams, and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life that sexual orientation is socialized andhat lesbianism is a choice and herefore a legitimate political act However his form of feminism is extremely contentious within The Warming the movement as it openshe door for homophobiaOh and O Diário de Rywka then you have difference feminism complete withheir own uack psychologists such as Carol Gilligan who claim The Oxford Inheritance that yeshere are innate differences between men and women but Iron and Blood that women s way of knowing is superioro men s I wonder why his wasn one of The Sworn Virgin those sexist psychologists withalk of brain differences between men and women Burning Twilight to be debunked inhis book Strange Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity that It seems fallacious gender research gets a free pass as long as it s sexist inhe right direction Indeed Boomerang (Part One (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) (A Boomerang Novel) this book seemso be on board with difference feminism in he chapter Backwards and in High Heels ie everything a man can do a woman can do better in spite of all society does o limit her More Big Nate! 3-Book Collection: Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone that s how bad ass she isThis isn science It s reasoning based on what s politically expedient and expecting reality All Involved: Day Four to conformo It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) that Ifhere are innate differences hen she should just say so and stop euivocating Then we can get on o Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter the interesting discussion of how much difference is innate and how significanthose differences are It may very well The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Avoid Adulthood Forever turn outhat women are superior Three Promises : An American Faerie Tale Collection to men buthey can simultaneously be better and he sameThe sad Speak Easy, Speak Love thing ishis book is very interesting and insightful in so many other ways in outlining some ways human behavior is socialized It could very easily have been a valuable part of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together that discussion Why can Clark the Shark that be enough The intellectually honest position would have beeno admit Mad as Helen thathere is much we still don The Cherry Harvest: A Novel t understand about human psychology andhe evidence so far seems o indicate hat Keeper of Myths there is at least some difference betweenhe psychology of men and women but ISIS: The State of Terror that it ishe belief of The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy the authorhat hese differences are not hugely significant and hat socialization also plays a major role If Train I Ride that s all she did I d haverusted his book so much As it stands I find myself dubious even of claims hat sound reasonableAdvice for he author check your ideology at he door and let The Cat King of Havana the evidence speak for itself ratherhan The Cat King of Havana tryingo exaggerate or stretch it The Shepherd to fit into your worldview Oh and knock off allhe outrage How you feel about what scientists discover has no bearing on Estimating for Interior Designers the merit ofheir research It only discredits your presentation of it by making readers suspicious of confirmation bias and emotional reasoning It feels less like science and like propaganda At best it is merely distractingIf you like So What If I Bleed this book please read The Blank Slate It will show you a completely different side ofhis issue. Erent explanation of The Lost Frost Girl 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 mindshat are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender Passionately argued and unfailingly astute Delusions of Gender provides us with a much needed corrective o he belief The Physics of Basketball that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different a beliefhat as Fine shows with insight and humor all Princess Of Desire too often workso he detriment of ourselves and our socie. Ers and cleaning he cave These are he The Authentics taskshe sexes have separately evolved o perform and while hese may not have been he brains we would have chosen for he sexes ourselves so as Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature to makehe world fair well look he world simply isn fair There s no point getting all PC about Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention this If evolution and biology have decidedhat half of he population need o be caring rather The Globalizers: Development Workers in Action than logical well all I can say is poor dearshere is about as much point in complaining about women s innate difference inferiority is such an ugly word as complaining From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide that fish are forcedo live out Yankton College their lives in water Viva la differenceSuch ideas essentially modern day eugenics are not only peddled by authors of limited intelligencerying o make a uick buck from he enhanced sales such sexist rubbish ensures for heir books with itles like Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus or Why Men Don Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes but even by people with impressive sounding ualifications who write books called The Female Brain or The Blank Slate The Modern Denial of Human NatureLike I said if you have read some of hese books you will either be feeling rather smug at he moment as if he benefits of having a penis weren The Witchs Love Spell (Warlock Romance Trilogy, t already ample or rather annoyed It can be nice for one half of our population o be old hey are innately lesser people But is hat really what Kim Harrison Bundle the latest science doesell us about Kim Harrison Bundle the differences between male and female brains Actuallyhe Horse Dildo Camwhore: The Dildo Diaries truth may well surprise youRecently I wrote on one of Choupette s reviewshat I would love We Were Never Here to find a bookhat explained just how Audacious Creativity the latest brain imagingechnology works I mean Deathtrap Equalizer the idea we have been encouragedo have is The Binding that it is all a bit like a video game or rather a direct window intohe brain No bugger The Ex the brain a direct window intohe mind as it is being constructed by Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity the brain You lie back in an incredibly expensive piece of machinery and ashe author says one Iron Heinrich (The Clockwork Fairytales, that uses uantum mechanics for god sake but she could just as easily have said and Ihink even impressively Iron Heinrich that uses anti matter andhey get you o hink of something or other solve a maths problem perhaps and hen blobs light up on he parts of your brain Exit Strategy that are doinghe Diva NashVegas thinking How much proof do you needhan The Ventriloquists that Thought euals blob euals male superiority EDNo one explainshat Sweet as Sin this isn uite real Purity Lost: Transgressing Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1000–1400 time imaging No one explainshat Traps Treachery: Core Rulebook (Legends Lairs, d20 System) this is averaged difference No one explainshat we don really know what o make of Dark and Deadly Valley these averaged differences at what levelhese differences become significant for example No one explains Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments that whenhe brains of dead salmon have been Infamous: the page-turning thriller from New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël tested sometimeshey have shown significant emotional responses Every Moment After to visual stimuli All we geto see are Bound for Trouble the blobs of colour lighting up and we assume someone smarterhan us has worked out Addicted to Murder (Memoirs of a Serial Killer) thathose blobs mean something significantYou might have been lead Giddens and Castells to believehat Gioconda descodificada: Retrato de la mujer del Renacimiento they have donehese The European Union and the Palestinians tests and seenhe blobs lighting up and The Miracle Seed they byhey I mean Machine Design the guys in white have seen blobs firing away inhe Greening of Trade Law touchy feely side of women s brains and athe same No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II time and withhe same stimuli blobs lighting up in Blair Witch: Book of Shadows the hard edged logical sides of men s brains so everything still holdsrue right Well it s not uite as simply as The People You Know, the Sex They Have that Whenhe author set out o follow up on some of he research Sin Eaters that leadso The Tactical Guide to Women: How Men Can Manage Risk in Dating and Marriage the million sale books of neurosexism mentioned earlier sometimeshat research was found A Red Skeleton in Your Closet to be somewhat lacking Did you knowhat he much uoted and much relied on fact hat women are better able Stalin in October: The Man Who Missed the Revolution to use both sides ofheir brain for City Adrift : A Short Biography of Bombay tasks dueo Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood their much extensive corpus callosum was actually based on research on only fourteen brains and besides whichhe result from his research upon which so many sexist assumptions have been based didn even reach statistical significance The Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family - and a Whole Town - About Hope and Happy Endings thinghat Толкование сновидений this book showsime and again is just how much edifice can be built on incredibly shaky foundations Sometimes it shows no foundations at allHer demolition of just a small section of The Female Brain is worth Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo the price ofhe book Surely he fraudulent behaviour of he author of The Female Brain ought The Sage in Harlem: H.L. Mencken and the Black Writers of the 1920s to disualify her for life from being ableo write another book but I see hat despite a review in Nature after her first book was printed pointing out he remarkable in fact incomprehensible and gobsmacking weaknesses and down right misinformation in hat book she was able o publish another on much he same opic called The Male Brain I cannot begin The German Mujahid toell you how outraged I am about his uite simply such work is lying and here should be an appropriate punishmentThis book contains a long section on what is becoming a particularly fascinating area of research for me called stereotype The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground (Penguin Library of American Indian History) threat This is detailed in Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions and I spenthe first half of Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady the year reading many ofhe research papers she discusses here if I d read his book at he start of Shamed: The Honour Killing That Shocked Britain – by the Sister Who Fought for Justice the year it would have made my life so much easier Stereotypehreat is he remarkable situation where you can ake a group of Asian women and prime half of Gideon's Bride themo His Holiday Matchmaker think ofhemselves as women and he other half o hink of hemselves as Asian and given our stereotypes of both groups His Unexpected Baby Bombshell / From Paradise...to Pregnant! they will perform either better or worse on a mathsest depending on how His Real Father they have been primed Andhe subtle he priming he effective he result will be Merely getting women o ick a box on an exam paper stating whether hey are male or female is enough o reduce heir potential scoreThere is a pervasive belief particularly among middleclass parents hat hey already have ried o bring The Incumbent, Part I (Ballbusting Nutcrackers) their kids up in a wayhat is Gender Neutral And It neutral and it hasn worked The only explanation left is hat biology will out in A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants the end and we should just get usedo he idea hat gender differences are innate This book makes a remarkably strong case for Pray for the Girl the facthat our society is so gendered it is simply impossible for anyone Engaged in Death to bring upheir children in a gender neutral way and Ice Planet Barbarians Part 6 that really no oneries It is like we have half changed our minds as she says repeatedly our conscious minds ell us sexism is wrong but our actions repeatedly confirm sexism From before we are born we are constructed as male or female mothers who are old he sex of heir child before it is born imagine boys kick inside hem vigorously han mothers of boys who have not been Baltimore Chronicles Volume 1 toldhe sex of The Omen their unborn child Pinker may jokehat only childless people believe in he social construction of gender but I hink it is very hard The Bleeding of the Stone to arguehat gender is not he most reinforced division in human societiesThis book is uite simply a must read There is a remarkable example in he book a kind of Tiresias moment Tiresias being a Greek urned into a woman for seven years o settle a bet between Calm Before The Storm the gods where a female lawyer undergoes a sex change operation and overhears someone sayhat he has proven Frío / Subte to be much smarterhan his sisterI know I m always Vidar telling youo do Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe this but do readhis book And if you do remember it is very important Womens Infidelity 2 to readhe notes as you go For some reason Cordelia Fine has put all of Suspended Animation: Short Stories of those who wait the very best and most interesting information inhe book particularly in he first en chapters or so in Good Old Days, My Ass: 665 Funny History Facts Terrifying Truths about Yesteryear the end notes Things I have never seen1 A male harpist Well alrighthere was المشرق العربي المعاصر من البداوة إلى الدولة الحديثة this guy But in an orchestra2A female bishop inhe Church of England3A female angler4A male nursery school The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Big Questions teacher 5A femaleruck driver I m not saying hey don exist and I m certainly not saying Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers they shouldn exist it s just Monsoon Summer that I ve never seen one Actually number 2 really doesn exist which is odd as women may be ordained in he C of EThings I have heard which I really wish I h Let me boil he book down for Phantom Hill the busy reader whenever someone chooseso ignore all Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation the documented evidence of discrimination in favor of just so stories about biology in ordero keep right on discriminating you can ake heir evidence as having all he validity of he presenter s good intentions Scandal in Silver to end discriminationSorryhat was a long and awkward summation In justice Silver Eve tohe book I d prefer Whales and Tales to be pithy funny and understandable Fine hasackled an immense and largely Happy Birthday, Dear Amy thanklessask First she s read all hose awful gender essentialist pop psych books for which she should receive medals cookies and probably hazard pay Next she s actually gone hrough all he books and articles making claims about how neurobiology is This is a remarkably good book and anyone who s remotely interested in claims hat here 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 make you change your mind about at least a few hings in his area you are either a remarkably knowledgable person or an incurable bigotI had read a few books and articles hat ouched on he subject of inherent gender differences and I m afraid I had swallowed hem rather uncritically Without understanding any of The Last Survivor: Living In A Town Called Dachau the details I had absorbedhe vague idea Less Doing, More Living that science had now established withhe help of modern neuro imaging echniues hat Lacan's �crits: A Reader's Guide - Volume 2: Between Freud and Structuralism there were clear differences between male and female brains Men had stronger spatial and mathematical skills and women had stronger verbal and emotional skills andhis all dovetailed sensibly with various biological and evolutionary storiesFine who works in psychology and appears DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity to knowhe literature well demonstrates Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage thathis story absolutely fails My Lover the Bigfoot to stand upo critical examination The science of gender differences The War Artists: British Official War Art Of The Twentieth Century turns outo be very bad science indeed it seems And Home Was Kariakoo that everyone has an agenda and is willingo do whatever it An English Murder takeso advance it Researchers carry out poorly designed experiments with inadeuate numbers of subjects and Don't Talk To Strangers then draw sweeping conclusions from differences which are not even clearly significant They look at coarse measures of activation in parts ofhe brain whose functions are still largely unclear and mysteriously deduce general cognitive principles relying on The Worst Thots Ever: A 512 Scandal Vol. 1 the facthat few people know how How to Hug an Elephant to interpret a brain scan In surprisingly many caseshey flat out lie I am shocked Literary Machines 931 though I supposehis just shows how naive I am I have worked for a long ime in Artificial Intelligence a field hat is notorious for overhyping its achievements Somehow I had hought hese people were better han us but hat does not appear All the Colors We Are: Todos los colores de nuestra piel/The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color to berueHaving read Fine s masterly demolition job it is The Girl in the Maze temptingo jump o he other extreme and conclude hat here are no inherent differences between male and female minds and hat hose differences we see are entirely due Tapas Deck: 50 Little Dishes that Capture the Essence of Spanish Cooking to social conditioning I do nothink however hat hat would be rue o The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father the deeper spirit ofhe book Fine who comes across as an admirable person is upfront about he fact hat no one is neutral in My Own Worst Enemy (MOWE, this debate and she does not even pretendo be neutral herself his is indeed one of
The Things Which Makes Herthings which makes her so amusing She shows how researchers ime after ime have made claims about gender differences which in hindsight have urned out o be utterly absurd The Rational Response Is To Be As Skeptical response is o be as skeptical possible about all such claims and I will pay Fine Il corpo di ghiaccio the compliment ofreating her own arguments with he same skepticism I am indeed convinced by he way she refutes arguments hat women are incapable of performing as well as men on a variety of asks where hey have raditionally been supposed inferior The section on His Own Life Story and War Diary the notorious spatial rotationask was particularly startling But Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen, there are allhe same a number of facts which I do not hink are obviously explained inside he framework she describes here With some misgivings I will outline what Accidental Cowgirl they are To beginhere is Gibbous House the uncontroversial facthat autism and Asperger s Syndrome are far common in men han in women I know a fair amount about his 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 Life After the State typesurn out o be common It is hard o believe Kentaurs thathis is coincidential The highly focused obsessive narrow Asperger s mindset seems o be a natural fit o hese occupations or exactly o certain ways of approaching Peek-a-Boo these occupations I would likeo make it clear hat I am in no way saying hat women cannot be chessplayers mathematicians or computer scientists I know many women who are world class in Wimpy Shrimpy these fields Buthere is a way of doing such eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work 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 ando Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs the best of my knowledge none ofhem have been invented by women Why is his Obviously I don know but here are some houghts Inventing a chess opening is something hat reuires a great deal of Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life talent and hard work buthere is something o it han hat which is hard o pin down he best description I have seen is in Lev Polugaevsky s wonderful book Grandmaster Preparation which I have read many imes Basically inventing an opening is not a useful activity in any normal sense of he word Most strong chessplayers most World Champions even have never invented an opening It is not likely o make you successful competitively since most new openings are soon refuted and fall into disuse Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil the rationalhing Meet Miss Fancy to do fromhis point of view is Cheat On Your Husband (with Your Husband): How to Date Your Spouse to use other people s openings It is not necessarily very creative The real reward ishat it appeals Schumann: The Faces and the Masks to a kind of stubbornness The person who inventshe opening goes his own way against The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life By Monday Morning the whole world justo show Restful Java with Jax-RS that he can Thinking inhis way is a kind of madness The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander that is much commoner in men It is not so muchhat women can A Little Book about Colors (Leo Lionni's Friends) t do it it ishat hardly any women can see why Mean they would wanto do it which is entirely sensible But somehow society as a whole seems Button and Bundle to benefit fromhe existence of his small group of people who are willfully different even if he majority of hem have wasted heir lives without achieving anything Chess is a richer and interesting game because Pinky Got Out! there are allhese different paths one can akeSo Fine hasn convinced me Not Anyone's Anything that men and women really dohink alike at Blueberry Truth the deepest level I believe it will be a longime before we understand what s going on Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World there But she has convinced mehat Confetti Covered Quicksand the facile arguments about brain scans provinghat women are inherently wired o read emotions but not o understand calculus are utter crap If you haven Systems Analysis and Design t already done so check outhis book Postscript about a year and a half laterI m glad The Sea of Lost Girls to sayhat I might have been wrong about women and chess openings Looking at Bologan s book on he Chebanenko Slav it certainly seems like here 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 rademark reply is 6 a5 reaching he following positionBologan hinks it may be he best move and explicitly mentions former Women s World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova as Cool Nail Art: 30 Step-By-Step Designs to Rock Your Fingers and Toes the person who Es even scientific journals increasinglyells a Skint Estate: A memoir of poverty, motherhood and survival tale ofwo brains and The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers the result is oftenhan not a validation of The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Persuasive Psychological Manipulation Technique in the World the status uo Women it seems are justoo intuitive for math; men Male Medusa, Caught in Coils too focused for houseworkDrawing onhe latest research in neuroscience and psychology Cordelia Fine debunks he myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains unraveling he evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made o fix cars She hen goes one step further offering a very diff. A detailed but informal look at he pervasive power of gender stereotypes backed by science Sounds good doesn it Not for me hough My reading of The Evolution of Modern Land Warfare: Theory and Practice this included International Women s Dayhat wasn No Sanctuary t intentional but it felt like undeserved penance for such a day The 2 rating indicates how interesting and enjoyablehis book was for me Were I rating in purely objective Cent Discours Pour La France terms it would be a solid 3 maybe even 4 givenhe importance of he intended messageIn a NutshellFine debunks he deterministic views of gender hat are often based on brain structure and organisation She seems o believe here are NO innate differences between he sexes which is a bit of a stretch Playboy Under the Mistletoe to me However she clearly showshe impossibility of investigating possible brain differences without overestimating Sunlight the multiple and often subtle effects of culture You can raise or measure children in a societal vacuum She ridicules poorly designed experiments Personal Knowledge that assumeoo much from Supermarket!: Super Sturdy Picture Books too little but presents less in her own defence It was better at giving concrete examples of how research can be misinterpreted examples belowhan it was at revealing anything much about genderProblems I had with This Book It doesn Red-Spotted Newt t know what it is it soo self consciously jokey for a serious Grave Dance text but with 100 of 350 pages being notes bibliography and index it shorough han one expects in pop sci The jovial one makes it a uick casual read but Dollface: una novela sobre los violentos años 20 the exhaustive references would be suitedo following up with one s own investigation It is painfully repetitive Fine makes good and important points but she makes he sames ones again and again and again I ve summarised hem below Fine is angry about bad and misinterpreted research Such The Border (Power of the Dog, things need pointing out but sometimes she picks very easyargets papers by 18th century doctors for instance or lays into one or The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) 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 ratherhan proper studies The Malice of Waves to back up her points She criticises others for lazy stereotyping and inhe next sentence suggests hat men are not so keen on attending male dominated conferences because here s less opportunity for sex I am left unsure how much I rust her or hose she criticises The important points she makes got lost in he haze of my mounting irritation It is narrowly about malefemale gender roles rather han Judgment the broad spectrum of gender identity which is what I am interested in Howeverhat s a fault of my expectations rather Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History thanhe book itself I don feel I learned much I read plenty of examples of experiments and studies and how o judge heir validity but people like Ben Goldacre have long covered hat ground very well The gender angle was Slave Girls of Watchnest Hall the context ofhe debunking but largely confirmed what I already believed Key MessagesMost of hese are probably familiar o Fire Frost the sort of people who read a book likehis Stereotypes hey re pervasive and powerful Even so han you hink They start before birth and imbue our life as self fulfilling prophesies however much we ry Black Shack Alley to go againsthem Even pre schoolers extrapolate beyond what The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World they ve beenold seeing pointy shapes as inherently masculine han rounded ones like he boubakiki effect often used in synaesthesia studies Gender matters o hem because it s The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions the main social groupinghey have other Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean than adultchild no geeks sportyypes arty divisions yet Context is all This applies Goya in Perspective to mosthings in life a crucial consideration in angry online grammar debates Where gender is concerned if we prime people o hink of gender eg a maths exam No One Will Hear You that has a MFick box people are likely o conform strongly o gendered expectations Neuroplasticity very little behaviour is hard wired in our brains Even if something is National Development: Being More Effective and More Efficient: Being More Effective and More Efficient typicalhat doesn mean it s necessary or inevitable Look carefully at psychology research Is it esting what it claims o est Comparisons based on different levels of foetal estosterone use a variety of proxies of dubious accuracy he amount found in amniotic fluid mother s blood baby s digit length Is Innovative Thermal and Non-Thermal Processing, Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Nutrients and Bioactive Compounds there unconscious bias or knowledge inhe Dad Fucks My Pussy Hard testers Ifesters know he sex of a baby as hey usually will On the Run with Love that may skew howhey interact Are Malka the results borne out byhe numbers Just under 50% of women have what Baron Cohen classes as a female brain Are he assumptions fallacious When esting Like Pizza and Beer toy choice arehe oys really gendered he way he esters assume Why is a pan feminine Dig This Gig to a monkey Reporting bias it s interestingo report a difference Studies The Forward Pass in Football that failo find one may not be published Various sorts of brain imaging are sexyThey use expensive euipment The Strange Laws of Old England to produce scientific pictures Buthey don We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation t necessarily show what wehink hey do Beware of using biology as a fall back explanationIf a little girl loves pink despite her parents best efforts o he contrary surely huge marketing hype and peer pressure are at least as much of a factor as hormones As for he mother who couldn Masked Desires t understand why her daughter swaddled cuddled and puto bed her Born Of Darkness toy hammer perhapshe reason was hat it was always her mother and never her father hat put her o bed Gender neutral parenting is almost impossible o achieve Yet until a century ago it was normal for all under 5s o 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 end o use male pronouns for all he unspecified characters human or animal Female leads are remarkably rare in junior fiction none
in 42 dr42 Dr but although here are occasional omboys you never get a sissy boy There s a glass ceiling for ambitious women and a glass escalator for men in raditionally female dominated jobs Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar When are a few dirty cups a symbol of he exertion of male privilege and when are hey merely unwashed dishes Having it all never meant doing it all Gloria Steinem Men aren from Mars and women aren from Venus We re probably all from he moonSmilesSome have enjoyed She Said, He Said the humour ofhis It certainly raised a couple of smiles for me but most of The Seven-Day Target the witty asides struck me as rather sarcastic or just cheap uses ofhe sort of stereotypes she purports o hate For instance when pointing out hat he widespread use of strip clubs in corporate hospitality excludes women from important networking she weakens her outrage imo by suggesting hat female colleagues fake a headache and stay homeI want o end on a positive note so here are he wo best ones In a passage explaining hat after about 7 children Seducing Summer tendo become slightly flexible in heir hinking about gender she adds Taboo 2 thathose who don Syphon's Song t end up with successful careers writing books based on rigid gender stereotypes with a footnote The footnote says This is a joke ratherhan a scientific fact Yep hat really was he second best one imo Following on from caveats about over reliance on neuroimaging Fine cites an empathy study performed on salmon hat were dead It produced pretty pictures of brain activity houghSee Also Bongiovanni and Jimerson s A uick Easy Guide o TheyThem Pronouns which I reviewed HERE It s a comic book hat is mainly about non binary and genderfluid people who don 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 not comic book Alex Iantaffi Meg John Barker s Life Isn Binary which I reviewed HERE It starts with sexualities and genders but goes on Blood Eternal to relationships bodies emotions andhinking Barker likes A Sad Soul Can Kill You they because I experience myself as pretty plural Robert Webb s autobiography How Noto be a Boy which I reviewed HERE He cites Darkthaw this book as an influence on his ideas about gender preferences not being innate 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 veryempting o write a review in which one relates one s favorite experiments factoids or statistics But I will mostly resist What I d like o highlight are wo feature I really hink all educators need o read his book Fine s arget is he new gender essentialism Remediation: Understanding New Media the reconstructed sexismhat attempts Programme Und Manifeste Zur Architektur Des 20. Jahrhunderts to put women back inheir Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming traditional roles as unbenders of husbands brows and caregiverso children and Writing Machines to keephem out of politics mathematics and The Rhythmic Event: Art, Media, and the Sonic the sciences by assertinghat Gaming the System: Designing with Gamestar Mechanic they are fitted forheir place by essential female abilities and incapacities In 1869 The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818 the philosopher John Stuart Mill in his book The Subjection of Women was severe onhis fallacy but like a zombie it just keeps getting up backed by Kidnappad hjärna the bad science fad ofhe day Neurosexists are advising school leaders o adjust heir Developmental Baby Massage: Therapeutic Touch Techniques for Making Your Baby Stronger, Healthier, and Happier teaching for gender differences and withhe hreat of empathy based math looming Fine felt she must call a halt She selects some choice uotes o show us how little Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide the new sexism differs fromhe old The Right Man For The Job: A Novel this is a very funny bookhen proceeds o dismantle it with a hree pronged attackFirst she explores Cecil the Pet Glacier the construction of gender and explains aspects ofhe present ineuality from her perspective in social psychology She uotes Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements trans woman Jan Morris who describes her former competence in matters of car reversing and bottle opening evaporating after herransition in he face of others assumptions about her The power of stereotyping is not o be ignored Fine uotes study after study o show how strongly most people whether consciously or not associate women with empathy and caregiving and men with maths science and power and how priming gender affects subseuent hinking and performance Simply reminding a candidate Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy that she is a woman drastically reduces her score on a mathsest demonstrating an effect called stereotype Stories of Scottsboro threat which is amazingly easyo remove including an introduction For Yourself to aest For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) telling participantshat in A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel ten years of data gathering no gender related performance difference has been found dramatically boostshe performance of women and girls Cross cultural comparisons also prove instructive making nonsense of ethnocentric gender assumptionsFine explores how stereotypes and Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, the lack of role models work against women inhe workplace and in education This section is broadly relevant o racial social class disabled LGBT etc representation and he double bind problem of administrators appointing people like The Valentine's Day Murder themselves on one side and aspirations being damped byhe invisibility of marginalised groups on The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II the other CVs with female names are rated lower and receive fewer responseshan identical ones with male names Fine also indicts sexist work practices such as entertaining clients in strip clubs Stereotypes also operate in How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World the home where men are conditionedo believe hemselves incompetent he hunter brings home Seducing Mr. Knightly thehe carcass and collapses The Last Clinic to stare intohe fire unless jar opening brawn or plug wiring brains are reuired Fine demonstrates The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead that men are very competent parents Even rat dads with no hormoneampering are readily able Under My Skin to raise perfectly adjusted rat kidsSurveyinghe data Fine finds very scant evidence for Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 the assumptionhat women are empathic Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, than menhere is no magical female ability Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex to read people shoughts and slight differences in young children could easily be due Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home to parentsalking The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition to infant girls The evidence for male superiority in mathematicalanalyticalasks is also hin restricted o performance at mentally rotating 3D objects Even his could be due o exposure Le Livre des Âmes to activeoys and in any case hardly constitutes an excuse o exclude women from he workplace Fine is hilarious when exposing 3-Way Weekend the loaded survey uestionshat have been used Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals to find gender differences Research makes it very clearhat people will rate Safe House themselves higher or lower on abilities stereotypedo or against heir gender especially when hat aspect of heir identity has been primed The search for gender determined ability differences continues with a painstaking survey and critiue of he popular literature enthusiastically claiming hey exist and he neurological and psychological research which has supposedly found hem Fine is incisive in her discussion and criticism of studies around he effect of Writing Art History testosterone including play differences but she is damning when it comeso Taulan the shocking dishonesty and misrepresentation employed by neurosexist popular science books Oh and if you don manage Living Large Cowboy Style to readhis book please Sun-Beams May Be Extracted from Cucumbers, But the Process Is Tedious. an Oration, Pronounced on the Fourth of July, 1799. at the Request of the Citizens of New-Haven. by David Daggett. take it from me here and nowhat anyone Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath tryingo persuade you of a gender difference on he basis of pictures from brain scans is o be scornfully ignoredThe final section deals with how children are socialised Tarot Says Beware to perform gender Many parents assumehey are providing gender neutral parenting and fall back on a biological explanation when Great Minds on India their little girls demand pink dresses and dolls Fine shows just how far parents haveo go o eliminate he pressure o perform gender by recording he hilarious experience of he Bem family forced o such lengths as denying Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill thathey knew he gender of friends and erasing beards from picture books How can a preference for pink be genetic In Victorian imes it was a male colour while girls wore Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation tranuil Virgin Mary blue Fine demonstrates with survey after survey and study after brilliant studyhat gender roles are pushed on us by our culture not our chromosomes As neurophysiologist Ruth Bleier put it over Hunter of Demons two decades ago we should view biology as potential as capacity and not as static identity Biology itself is socially influenced and defined it changes and develops in interaction with and in responseo our minds and environment as our behaviours do Biology can be said o define possibilities but not determine hem it is never irrelevant but it is also not determinant Didn realise Cordelia was Australian This is a lovely video of her views s say you have read a couple of books on he science Wrong Medicine: Doctors, Patients and Futile Treatment that explainshe differences between he sexes So just what are you likely o have been old Well one hing would be hat men have brains hat are built Smugglers' Gold to be logical and mathematicalhan women s brains his is due o men s better spatial rotational abilities Yajuj and Majuj that are a conseuence of right brain localisation andhat Fire Bringer this helpso explain why men end up in most of he high status jobs like Engineering or Science just as heir greater aggression ensures hey end up President or CEO But hat his comes at a cost men end The Unbound Scriptures: A Review of KJV-only Claims and Publications to be socially dysfunctional a conseuence ofheir limited ability Cheating Justice to useheir somewhat larger brains laterally This hinders Amal Unbound them inheir linguistic abilities men being simply not as fluent as women But his is okay because it is women who need o be able Aldri, aldri, aldri to look after kids and dohe house work something how heir brains are ordered allows hem Fourth of July Creek to specialise in you know Darling did you see where I left my car keys So while men are off hunting andhereby using heir aggression o bring home The Holiday Gig the bacon women are pacifyinghe kids with Bought By The Billionaire Brothers 2: Caught Between Brothers their delightful socialising skills so suitedo recognising Durkheim's Suicide: A Classic Analyzed the emotional needs of oth. “Fine’s sharpongue is How To Eat Outside: Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs, Bonfires, Camping and More tempered with humor Readhis book and see how complex and fascinating A Family Man the whole issue is” The New York TimesIt’she wenty first century and although we ried Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice to rear unisex children boys who play with dolls and girls who likerucks we failed Even Poker Face thoughhe 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 hat we read about in magazines newspaper articles books and sometim.