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Why Gender Matters Audiobook

Why Gender Matters

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Publisher's Summary

Are boys and girls really that different? Twenty years ago, doctors and researchers didn't think so. However, an avalanche of research has shown that sex differences are more significant than anybody guessed. Gender differences are real, biologically programmed, and important to how children are raised, disciplined, and educated.

Dr. Leonard Sax addresses a host of issues, including discipline, learning, risk-taking, aggression, sex, and drugs and shows how boys and girls react in predictable ways to different situations. A leading proponent of single-sex education, Dr. Sax points out that parents and teachers would do better to recognize, understand, and make use of the biological differences that make a girl a girl and a boy a boy.

©2005 Leonard Sax; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"[Sax's] readable prose...makes this book accessible to a range of readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"The book is thought-provoking, and Sax explains well the science behind his assertions....A worthy read for those who care about how best to prepare children for the challenges they face on the path to adulthood." (Scientific American)

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    Fred 07-23-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Why Gender Matters to be better than the print version?

    could not say I have not read or looked at the print version.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Leonard Sax again?

    Probably.


    What aspect of Raymond Todd’s performance would you have changed?

    None


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    I bought this book to hopefully understand transgender issues a little better. It was a good book but only covered a small amount of transgender issues.

    I was surprised to find parenting tips in this book and from what I have seen those parenting tips would work. So I passed those tips on to my friends that have kids.

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    Katrina White Plains, MD, United States 03-01-12
    Katrina White Plains, MD, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Technical Book on Gender Differences"
    What did you love best about Why Gender Matters?

    I loved the scientific studies that supported the theories and/or information presented in the book. It taught me a great deal about how boys and girls think differently. I have two boys and this book has educated me in techniques to remember in teaching them and maintaining their interest in education and motivation. The only very minor issue is the book is long (over eight hrs), but its packed with a lot of information. I felt I was attending school again!


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    Paige 11-13-11
    Paige 11-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A definite winner"

    This book provides the physiological explanation for alot of the stereotypical gender differences. It is interesting for anyone generally, but particularly if you have kids, it helps to put certain behaviors into perspective.

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    Krista 02-01-11
    Krista 02-01-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good for educators and parents."

    I disagree with one reviewer that says the data only supports the author's views and that in the studies he cites, he does not give sample sizes. In many of the studies he states the samples sizes and demographics and even if the study has been corrected for SES, IQ, etc. in some cases. He also states that when a study is "exhaustive" or when a study is small and perhaps not applicable to the general population.



    He is not trying to promote gender bias and stereotypes. Rather, he presents evidence - biological, and survey based that supports what many parents and educators already notice when working with boys and girls. He is not against gender neutral philosophies on the whole, only that gender neutral may ignore biological factors thereby short-changing our children's learning. used by Dr. Sax are "more likely" or "less likely" when talking about behaviors and preferences of boys and girls. It does not do away with equal treatment. Equality does not mean we treat girls the same as we treat boys, it means we give all children opportunities to reach their full potential. One gender is not better than the other, just has some differences in some areas.


    As an educator, I found the book very interesting and in some areas it explains some of the general differences in boys' and girls' learning and behavior in the classroom over the years. He is quick to point out, that while boys or girls share many similarities with their gender peers, that every girl or boy is different in their own right and treated as an individual. The similarities in a gender give a framework for the parent or educator to improve their understanding.


    On the audio-side, the narrator does a very good job - gives the listener time to let some of the technical jargon sink in. He reads as if you are sitting across

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    Kindle Customer Egypt 12-27-09
    Kindle Customer Egypt 12-27-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "insightful, quotable"

    I learned a lot from this book, although I was quite skeptical at first. I work with teachers, and I found myself constantly noticing gender-biased behavior and its effect on students. The narration is good. Even though the book does cite experimental evidence and critiques its quality in some cases, I think I'd need to dig more into the scientific research if I were really interested in the subject.

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    12-23-09
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    "Thought Provoking"

    Very insightful, clear, and non-technical. I've recommended it to parents and pediatricians. Even though each of the ideas presented is not 100% proven, developmental psychology usually is not. Many are compelling and this book changed my outlook on many aspects of child rearing and education.

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-09
    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-09 Member Since 2012
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    "A Very Good Insight At The Little Ones In My Life!"

    I don't have any children of my own but I'm going out with a woman who has two teenage girls (11 and 13). Being the only guy in the household and always seeking to understand better the dynamics between boys and girls I found this book very very helpful and insightful.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is having to raise or deal with young people in today's society.

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