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by Angela Saini

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This is one of those books that needed to be written in order to explain the gaps in research as well as real life. There are differences between men and women that research has identified that don't actually exist, while at the same time missing some of the true differences. This is a study in bias as much (or more) as it is a study in gender differences. Science is a quest for truth, and while the truth may ultimately be revealed, our biases can mislead us down some dark alleys along that quest. What is interesting is how these biases manifest in different cultures and how much truth can be ignored by so many highly educated individuals. A very interesting read. ( )
  Neftzger | May 23, 2017 |
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It's common, nowadays, to hear news reports proclaiming that there are too few women in STEM fields. With such a feminist consciousness-raising of women's and men's equality, being proven time and time again, how could this be? Angela Saini, in her deeply researched book Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, provides historical information, current research of sex/gender differences, and personal references to contribute to the discussion of why women may have been excluded from the sciences. ( )
  BooksForYears | May 21, 2017 |
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For anyone interested in the science of gender differences, this is an excellent introduction. The author provides the historical background for several major branches of research and then brings the reader up-to-date with the latest research being conducted and published. A theme that emerges is often how much is up for debate by various scientists and how much is not yet known. Fascinating, important, engaging, and quick reading! ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | May 19, 2017 |
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned so much about current and past theories about the differences between men and women. I was shocked by how bias the science field was and continues to be about the female gender. I was inspired and in awe of the female scientists challenging and fighting this. This book was also a quick and enjoyable read. The author did an incredible job with the quotes she includes at the beginning of each chapter and imposing her own thoughts as well. ( )
  Bookaddict45 | May 7, 2017 |
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I expected this to be a one- sided feminist diatribe about all the ways women were NOT inferior to men. While that feeling may have laced the author's intentions (and probably mine too), Saini expertly presents evidence for each of the assertions she makes whether it's a clear topic or rather murky gray area. "Where the facts weren't clear, I wanted to highlight the debates around them." Ultimately, this was in fact what I wanted and the most scientific way of presenting all the theories Saini described in her book. Bravo to not falling into the traps of unadulterated bias! ( )
  karmabodhi | Apr 17, 2017 |
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For centuries, scientists have influence decision makers on important issues including abortion rights, granting women the vote, and how schools educate us. They have shaped how we think about our minds and bodies and our relationships with each other. And of course, we trust scientists to give us the objective facts. We believe that what science offers us is a story free from prejudice. It is the story of us, starting from the very dawn of evolution.
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Woman's Inferiority to Man


To prove women's inferiority, antifeminists began to draw not only, as before, on religion, philosophy and theology, but also on science: biology, experimental psychology and so forth.

—Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949
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