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- Winner of Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017; Short-listed for Orwell Prize 2018
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Fri frakt inom Sverige över 159 kr för privatpersoner.Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental, diverging force in human development. According to this overly familiar story, differences between the sexes are shaped by past evolutionary pressures--women are more cautious and parenting-focused, while men seek status to attract more mates. In each succeeding generation, sex hormones and male and female brains are thought to continue to reinforce these unbreachable distinctions, making for entrenched inequalities in modern society. In Testosterone Rex, psychologist Cordelia Fine wittily explains why past and present sex roles are only serving suggestions for the future, revealing a much more dynamic situation through an entertaining and well-documented exploration of the latest research that draws on evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and philosophy. She uses stories from daily life, scientific research, and common sense to break through the din of cultural assumptions. Testosterone, for instance, is not the potent hormonal essence of masculinity; the presumed, built-in preferences of each sex, from toys to financial risk taking, are turned on their heads. Moving beyond the old "nature versus nurture" debates, Testosterone Rex disproves ingrained myths and calls for a more equal society based on both sexes' full, human potential.
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A provocative and often fascinating book. [A] witty corrective.--Barbara Kiser Fine has done us a service by reminding us of the dangers of misapplications of research to policy.--Sheri Berenbaum Graced with precisely focused humour, the author makes a good case that men and women are far more alike than many would claim. Feminist? Possibly. Humanist? Certainly. A compellingly good read.--Professor Richard Fortey, author of Earth: An Intimate History Convincingly and entertainingly demonstrates that, despite stereotypes, such characteristics as risk-taking, competitiveness and nurturing are not 'essential' to one sex over the other and cannot be blamed for the lack of equality between males and females in contemporary society.--Clara Moskowitz Totally convincing, even life-changing.... The expression 'essential reading for everyone' is usually untrue as well as a clich , but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.--Antonia Macaro Exciting, eloquent, and effective. Deftly weaving together research from anthropology, biology, neuroscience, and psychology, Fine shows exactly why and how the myth of testosterone and maleness plays out and why it is false.--Agust n Fuentes, professor of anthropology, University of Notre Dame Testosterone Rex is a debunking rumble that ought to inspire a roar.
Cordelia Fine, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne, is author of the much-acclaimed Delusions of Gender and A Mind of Its Own.