Seven years after the publication of her phenomenal, myth-busting book Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, psychologist Cordelia Fine is back again with her new book, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds, which is the winner of The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017.
Last year, there was a huge controversy over a widely-circulated memo by a (now former) Google employee, who wrote a 10-page screed on why women are biologically inferior to men and therefore are not capable of leading or even working as engineers, at least not as well as any man. The memo prompted a huge backlash and exposes prevalent sexism in workplace, but many more defended the memo, saying that it is “common sense” that women are in all ways inferior to men. After all, that knowledge is proven to be biologically sound right? Men and the testosterone that runs in their vein will always have the edge over women and there’s nothing we can do about it. Right?
Not so, said Fine, because that mentality only exists in a society where biological sex is considered a fundamental force in our development and male sex is regards as superior to female sex. While the hormone definitely influences the body, sex in itself does not create male or female natures. In reality, sex, hormones, culture and evolution work together to create the past and present gender dynamics, but it does not dictate the gender dynamics of the future. Fine argues eloquently and brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old ‘nature versus nurture’ debates to push to dismantle the oppressive Testosterone myth.
Meticulously researched with reliable citations, Fine’s latest book is a must-read for forward-thinking readers who believes in gender equality and moving forward by dismantling tyrannical, outdated beliefs.
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