Vanessa's Reviews > Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps — and What We Can Do About It

Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot
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Apr 09, 12

bookshelves: gender-studies, abandoned

I was really excited about this one, but I cannot go further. The book (or I should say the writer) is extremely gender essentialist and it just rubs me the wrong way. A lot of swooping generalizations and no conversation about gender that is significant. I love science but I don't like science meddling with gender. Why? Because gender is socially constructed. This is my opinion, though. As a feminist who believes that gender doesn't just include FEMALE or MALE, I just had to put it down.

What really bothered me? Quote from page 16:

"While we can't erase-nor would we want to-all the differences between boys and girls, it's clear that the size of the gaps depends on what parents emphasize and how teachers teach."

Yeah, because we all want the gender binary to never end. Sarcasm.
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