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The Gendered Brain

Narrated by: Catherine Bailey
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Gendered Brain by Gina Rippon.

Gendered brains: a sexist myth or a fact of life?

Reading maps or reading emotions? Barbie or Lego? We live in a gendered world where we are bombarded with messages about sex and gender. On a daily basis we face deeply ingrained beliefs that your sex determines your skills and preferences, from toys and colours to career choice and salaries. But what does this constant gendering mean for our thoughts, decisions and behaviour? And what does it mean for our brains?

Drawing on her life’s work as a Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging, Gina Rippon unpacks the stereotypes that bombard us from our earliest moments and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves and even shape our brains. Taking us back through centuries of sexism, The Gendered Brain reveals how science has been misinterpreted or misused to ask the wrong questions. Instead of challenging the status quo, we are still working back from outdated stereotypes and assumptions. However, by exploring new, cutting-edge neuroscience, Rippon urges us to move beyond a binary view of our brains and instead to see these complex organs as highly individualised, profoundly adaptable and full of unbounded potential.

Rigorous, timely and liberating, The Gendered Brain has huge repercussions for women and men, for parents and children and for how we identify ourselves.

This is not feminist science - it’s just science.

©2019 Gina Rippon (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Raising a girl I find myself falling down a wormhole of books about gender and how to arm her with the ability to overcome the labels that are likely to affect what she believes she can achieve in life. This is by far the most scientific one I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed Gina’s analysis of neuro-trash, whack-a-mole gender theories and her objective position on nature vs nurture. It has reinforced for me, that we are all on a spectrum of masculine to feminine and that we need to stop asking the question “why are men different from women” and focus on our similarities.