To the person who just sent me an ask in three parts:
I’m very wary of discussions of biological differences between the brains of men and women; especially when most of these definitions operate on the misguided assumption that people with penisis are men and people with vaginas are women. If this is an area you’re interested in, I heartily recommend ‘Delusions of Gender’ by Cordelia Fine.
“In ‘Delusions of Gender’ Cordelia Fine does a magnificent job debunking the so-called science, and especially the brain science, of gender. If you thought there were some inescapable facts about women’s minds - some hard wiring that explains poor science and maths performance, or the ability to remember to buy the milk and arrange the holidays - you can put these on the rubbish heap. Instead, Fine shows that there are almost no areas of performance that are not touched by cultural stereotypes. This scholarly book will make you itch to press the delete button on so much nonsense, while being pure fun to read.”
- Uta Frith (though I must flag up that Uta herself isn’t popular in Autistic circles because her work is viewed as ableist)
Delusions of Gender is a magnificent book and casts a critical light on pop-science studies that deal with gender and have been commonly accepted as fact.