Exploring books on the truths and myths of gender differences

The closest this blog has come to discussing gender so far is our series of 12 Phenomenal Books…Written by Women Doctors. The only book that addressed gender differences in that series was: 

The Female Brain

by Louann Brizendine

Brizendine stressed that there were clear differences between the male and female brain, and these were reflected in their divergent social behaviours. It is however clear that her views did not reflect the broad range of passionate and controversial opinions on the subject. It is therefore appropriate to review the subject in more depth to provide the diverse perspectives that exist on gender differences.

By Lestatdelc at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Exploring the subject however turned up a seemingly endless list of books which often took one end of the spectrum of views or the other. Some of these books included:

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus

by John Gray


Delusions of Gender

by Cordelia Fine



by Angela Saini


Testosterone Rex

by Cordelia Fine

Whilst these all provided divergent views of the differences and similarities between the genders, we picked three other books to review which we think provide all the different views of the topic – from medical and research to politics and history. Our next mini-series is therefore on the following 3 books which explore the truths and myths of gender differences.


Gender Medicine

by Marek Glezerman


The Essential Difference

by Simon Baron Cohen


The Gendered Brain

by Gina Rippon


So stay tuned as we start our mini-series next week!

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