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Why Gender Matters Audiobook

Why Gender Matters

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.
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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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    Alette Redondo Beach, CA, United States 04-06-08
    Alette Redondo Beach, CA, United States 04-06-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Very good"

    This is more than just a mars vs venus statement of differences, the author gives real practical parenting advice about how to deal with your boy verses your girl on specific subjects like drugs, sex, calling home, internet use, etc. I thought it was very well read and easy to listen to. I have boy/girl twins and think it's important to realize these differences and approach each child uniquely. It would be too easy to treat each hurdle and milestone exactly the same for both children.

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    LeakyB 04-18-06
    LeakyB 04-18-06
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    "Presents studies that support his views"

    Sax presents evidence in a "hit or miss" way. Some of what he has to say is well supported in the literature (e.g., girls lose confidence more quickly than do boys), while other statements are presented without any evidence. When Sax does present studies, he never tells us the number of subjects in any given study nor whether the subjects were selected randomly or other ways of controlling experiments (including keeping subjects from behaving in ways they perceive the experimenter wants them to behave); what is more, the "findings" are presented as if all subjects behaved in a certain way, which is surprising, given that most experiments tell us about likelihood, not certainty. A great deal of the evidence Sax presents is based on studies of animals, showing his implicit assumption that humans evolved from and therefore behave like primates. Unfortunately, Sax does not explain reasons why the reader should accept the analogies. He often presents some study of primates or other animals, then extends a generalized claim about females and males or about human females and males specifically. It ends up casting doubt on everything he says. Nor does Sax make a distinction most scientists make: gender is a sociocultural phenomenon, and sex biological.

    This is not to say that gender does not matter nor that Sax gives bad advice. It is just that the advice pretends to be drawn from scientific evidence or as unsupported extensions of other arguments (e.g., boys get a thrill from violent video games; Sax himself played two different games; therefore you should accept his experience with the games as representative of all people's experience and further, you should not allow your child to play the type where it's okay to kill off civilians at will -- note that he also ignores alternative explanations for the "thrill," such as simply violating social norms). Perhaps there are numerous footnotes in the text version that an audiobook does not present.

    29 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 03-11-15
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    "A must for educators."

    Very helpful information for both parents and educators. Highly recommend this book to anyone who cares for or works with children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 09-08-08
    Susan 09-08-08
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    "Great for parents and teachers!"

    This book is researched and presented in an interesting and thoughtful manner, andt is entertaining enough to keep you wanting more. I am the mother of four and a middle school teacher and I learned a great deal that I can apply to my own life as a teacher, mother, and grandmother.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 10-22-11
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Interesting study"

    of the relevance of approaching male and female children in a different manner in regard to parenting. Still, the book somehow doesn't quite get off the ground and remains too generalized in places and overly simplistic in others.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bean Merker 04-01-16

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    "Great insights into gender"

    This compression thoughts about gender to reality and is well narrated. I would recommend it.

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    ympujar Rabkavi 587314 08-26-15
    ympujar Rabkavi 587314 08-26-15 Member Since 2013

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    Some real insight in genders"

    The author makes the genders more biological than social against the common belief.It is true that gender is both biological and social and boys and girls should take advantage of both to get the best out of the world and live happily together.

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    Robert Hurlocker 08-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mixture of Good Studies and Bad Logic"

    There's a lot of gold in this book, to be honest. The author highlights a lot of gender-related differences between male and female brains. (He doesn't like to use the politically correct distinctions between sex and gender, which can overly simplify the topic, but he does a decent job of presenting recent studies that seem to support his central thesis.)

    At the same time, he occasionally jumps from good scientific research on the one hand to biased unscientific research on the other, using faulty logic to give equal weight to both arguments. This approach is dishonest and dangerous because it inserts enough irrefutable facts for the less concrete opinions to appear more solid.

    This is worth the read, because it is the most compelling argument I've seen for gender segregation among adolescents. Just keep an open mind, because regardless of where you stand on gender and sexuality, you're probably going to find things you love AND things you hate in Dr. Sax's book.

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    Fred 07-23-12
    Fred 07-23-12
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    "Good read"
    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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unknown


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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