Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds (Paperback)
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Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 08/02/2018
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Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize 2018

Winner of The Royal Society Science Book Prize 2017

‘If you've ever thought that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, or that men don't listen and women can't read maps, this book is for you.’ – Financial Times

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.

Testosterone Rex brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old `nature versus nurture' debates, and to explain why it's time to unmake the tyrannical myth of Testosterone Rex.

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781785783180
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Every man and woman should read this book on gender bias. Testosterone Rex is an important, yet wickedly witty, book about the 21st century which touches on the current debates around identity and turns everything on its head. Pressingly contemporary, it's the ideal companion read to sit alongside The Handmaid's Tale and The Power.' - Judges, 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize

'Fine's gift for rendering complex neurological concepts comprehensible is one of the many reasons why her book is so brilliant. She writes like a dream, not just by the lifelessly humble standards of most scientific prose, but by any literary measure, and her book sparkles with pithy wit' - Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian

'If you've ever thought that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, or that men don't listen and women can't read maps, this book is for you. The expression "essential reading for everyone" is usually untrue as well as a cliche, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.' - Antonia Macaro, Financial Times

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