Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds (Paperback)Cordelia Fine (author)
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‘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
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'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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