Shanshad Whelan'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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Jul 15, 2010

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While there's some solid research and interesting points in here, it really ended up repeating the same observations again and again, which is summed up in the subtitle. Small, innate differences in boys and girls from conception on get reinforced and culturally pushed into larger separations. The innate may be unchangeable, but the cultural and social can be worked with by working more with each gender's less comfortable tendencies and striving for more egalitarian roles.

Frankly, very cerebral and less about problem solving on this issue. Assumes that parents have a wealth of resources to work with, but doesn't address the problems so much as discuss where the differences lie and what causes them. Repeats often which made it duller reading than I prefer, but obviously a lot of research. Still, not the most parent-friendly book for dealing with this issue.

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