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Testosterone rex : unmaking the myths of our gendered minds / Cordelia Fine.
Publisher: Icon, 2017.
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781785781612 (hbk.) :
'Testosterone Rex' is the powerful myth that squashes hopes of sex equality by telling us that men and women have evolved different natures. Fixed in an ancestral past that rewarded competitive men and caring women, these differences are supposedly re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains. Testosterone, so we're told, is the very essence of masculinity, and biological sex is a fundamental force in our development. Not so, says psychologist Cordelia Fine, who shows, with wit and panache, that sex doesn't create male and female natures. Instead, sex, hormones, culture and evolution work together in ways that make past and present gender dynamics only a serving suggestion for the future - not a recipe.
265 pages ; 23 cm
To describe this book as "thought-provoking" would be akin to labelling MLK as "slightly controversial". Professor Fine's demolition of many centuries' assumptions about the hard-wiring of gender is awesomely complete. If you want to learn why men and women behave differently - and it is not what yo
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