Archive | June 25, 2013

Guys and Dolls

Highly recommended: Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine, a feminist neuroscientist who punctures innatist myths about gender difference. Buy copies for your friends who think “Science!” has shown that men and women are genetically programmed for differences in blah blah blah.

The title is a nod to Anne Fausto-Sterling’s earlier Myths Of Gender: Biological Theories About Women And Men, which I also highly recommend – but Fine’s book is not only more up-to-date, but also more accessible and reader-friendly; so it makes a better introduction for the feminist-resistant.

New Math

Just heard on PBS – Rick Steves on the history of San Gimignano: “A plague decimated the town, reducing its population by two thirds.”

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