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Gender & the Brain: A New View

A new attack on the theory of a “hardwired” difference, in the brain, between men and women.

Girls playing video games in Los Angeles , 2010. (AP)

Tradition told us men and women were different. Liberation days told us they were the same.

The best-seller list told us women were from Venus, men from Mars. MRI scans said, we were told, the genders are different in their very brains. And people have acted on that. The single-sex education push, just for one.

Now psychologist and author Cordelia Fine says “no.”

“No,” to the assertion of fundamental difference. Look again at the evidence, she says. Society, she says, still builds the difference in men and women.

We speak with Cordelia Fine about her new book, “Delusions of Gender.”

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Cordelia Fine, writer and research associate at the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University. She is author of “A Mind of Its Own.” Her new book is, “Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference.”

Leonard Sax, family physician and psychologist and author of “Boys Adrift,” “Girls on the Edge,” and “Why Gender Matters.”

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