Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps--and What We Can Do About It
A precise scientific exploration of the differences between boys and girls that breaks down damaging gender stereotypes and offers practical guidance for parents and educators.
In the past decade, we've come to accept certain ideas about the differences between males and females—that boys can't focus in a classroom, for instance, and that girls are obsessed with relati...more
Of the books I picked up, this was easily, easily my favourite. I wish I cou ...more
*The author knows her science and presents facts in a very levelheaded way. Sources are fastidiously documented in a nearly 100 page appendix.
*The author discusses both boys and girls, the sexist views our society holds and how those views effects their development
*The author offers suggestions for helping children nurture talents that may not be their preferred way of behaving
*The author rarely shows any engagement with the subject and the brief mo ...more
Eliot is a neuroscientist, a graduate from Harvard and Columbia, an associate professor of neuroscience, and mother of two sons and a daughter. The basic premise of the book is that although yes, males and females have biologically based differences, many of ou ...more
Lise Eliot's book focuses primarily on the slight differences between male and female brains in prenatal fetuses and in infants, and how those differences may grow over time through cultural influences. She distinguishes between the effects of hormones, developmental differences, and cultural expectations and impacts. What is particularly notable is that she never makes a statement without listing an associated study. In fact, she takes apart ...more
What r ...more
What Eliot does is walk us thru the research, data and the facts about the differences. I say painstakingly because this 315 page tome has almost 40 pages of endnotes and 45 pages of bibliography and zero ...more
The major concept that th ...more
Given the heavy media coverage about studies that “prove” significant, inborn differences between males and females, it is no surprise that we excuse or accept certain behaviors depending on whether they come from a boy or a girl. We are often led to believe that it is natural for a boy to be athletic and for a girl to demonstrate more empathy because it is part of their biology and something that cannot be helped one way or ...more
Regardless, she made interesting points that can be used by educators and parents. Of course, you probably should read the book as you prepare to have children ...more
I feel like she had good intentions when writing this, really. I feel like she actually wanted to debunk a lot of gender stereotypes that are very present in our society. But in the end, she does spend a lot of time reinforcing the ste ...more
Because such thinking is socially lazy, bordering on the irresponsible. History and geography prove that societies vary and change greatly - constantly - throughout time and space, yet a mainstream narrative finds it much more important and interesting to examine our biologies for the reasons for gender differences. The pop science journalists of Newsweek and The New York Times regularly tout the experiments that provide ...more
And I would say, "A boy, omigod, I don't even know what to do about it." ("It" being: Everything boy-related. Because Baby #1 is a girl.)
My very wise friend Keri said, "The same thing you did with the first."
I think my jaw literally dropped. It's strange. Having a girl, being a feminist, I was all, "Rahrahrah, I will raise my girl to know that she can be anything she wants to be! She is ...more
In a nutshell
The neurophysical and cognitive differences in young males and females are surprisingly, negligibly small. Dr. Eliot makes more of those small differences than they often warrant, but to be fair it seems she usually does so because more is made of them than is warranted. (Make sense? It did sometimes seem circularly backward.)
The book is full of studies. Tons of 'em. It's takes work to sort them all out, and it's very easy to get lost in the ...more
The book Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot is about the differences and similarities about males and females. Have you ever thought about why boys are so different from girls? The book describes one example like how male and female brains think almost identical at a very young age. They both play with any kind of toy (doesn't matter if it's only for girls or for guys), they both share the same type of personality (boys want to cook with their mothers, girls like to get dirty), but they event...more