Read Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society Online Free - 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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March 14, 2018
I’ve enjoyed all three of the books by Fine I’ve read – but particularly Delusions of Gender, which was and is one of the best books on gender I’ve ever read. This book won an award for the best science book of 2017. I’ve so far bought it for 3 people – two of which have been my daughters.
March 18, 2017
This has really inspired me to stop reading popular science books by random people I find under the "feminism" tag on Goodreads. This book is not scientific & makes a lot of unprovable assertions not backed up by studies. For example, 97% of domestic abusers are male and she literally explain...
April 21, 2017
This is a much-needed review of the outdated scientific interpretations of the role of testosterone on behavior. From the earliest experiments, Fine shows how value-laden and culturally reinforcing many of these "scientific" experiments are. To sum up a wonderfully entertaining and thorough inves...
January 12, 2018
Cordelia Fine has appeared somewhat controversial in a controversy-cluttered area, to the extent that I had avoided her work, notwithstanding it being in and around a topic of great interest, and it wasn't until I read something about her and this book in a kind of interview/review that I decided...
February 06, 2017
This book has an agenda and the author cherry picks her data and chooses conclusions that match the way she wants the world to be. I wouldn't say the book is full of lies, but manipulating the data and omission is certainly present here. If you align yourself with her views I am sure you will enj...
January 19, 2018
As someone who is used to reading about this topic in scientific articles, a book directed at people with very basic knowledge about sexual selection, mate choice and evolution in general, I can say that it was a bit hard to get through.
For one, I didn't like that all of the citations were in the...
February 08, 2017
I had read Cordelia Fine's earlier book, "Delusions of Gender", a while back, enjoyed it greatly, and so I was eager to read her next book. "Testosterone Rex" did not disappoint. Fine has a delightful writing style, combining personal anecdote and a great deal of humor with clear arguments and la...
August 27, 2017
The gender issue is a hot topic at the moment, for decades we have been led to believe that ‘boys will be boys’, that pink and blue toys are entirely suitable for the appropriate sex and that men have evolved to take risks because of the extra testosterone swishing about and that the female brain...
May 27, 2017
A collection of vague attacks on human sexual dimorphism using still vaguer statistics from self-report questionnaires resulting in outlandish claims like "Men prefer to have sex with women they are emotionally attached to" and "Upbringing has an impact on sexual behavior". Take that, Patriarchy!...
March 05, 2017
There is no science in this book.
The author fails miserably to demonstrate to the reader the scientific evidence behind her claims, one after another... Indeed, the only myths are those perpetuated by the author.
Leaving unmentioned entire bodies of scientific findings can only be a sign of two t...