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Why Gender Matters

What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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A revised and updated edition (with more than 70% new material) of the classic book about innate differences between boys and girls and how best to parent and teach girls and boys successfully, with new chapters on sexual orientation and on transgender and intersex kids.

Back in 2005, the first edition of Why Gender Matters broke ground in illuminating the differences between boys and girls—how they perceive the world differently, how they learn differently, how they process emotions and take risks differently. Dr. Sax argued that in failing to recognize these hardwired differences between boys and girls, we ended up reinforcing damaging stereotypes, medicalizing misbehavior, and failing to help kids to reach their full potential. In the intervening decade, the world has changed, with an avalanche of new research which supports, deepens, and expands Dr. Sax's work. This revised and updated edition includes new findings about how boys and girls interact differently with social media and video games; a new discussion of research on gender non-conforming, LGB, and transgender kids, new findings about how girls and boys see differently, hear differently, and even smell differently; and new material about the medicalization of misbehavior.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Leonard Sax

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Great and unexpected

I was really surprised by some of the things explained in this book. Some parts were joyously enlightening, while other parts made me uncomfortable because they challenged what I though I knew. I would highly recommend this book to any human, not just parents and teachers.

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Eye opening

My wife and I are currently pregnant, well my wife is currently carrying said child, and I have heard about Dr. Sax in some videos so I decided to check out this book and by god there is a lot of information in here and it all makes sense and is a great book for any parent or teacher. The differences between boys and girls is astronomical even though it may seem so small to us, it can literally be the difference between good education and jail time. Should be mandatory reading for any teacher or new parent!

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You Can't Unhear Some Things

Eye-opening, in the kind of way that brings clarity to everything else you think about. Every human being ought to read this book before weighing in on current debates/arguments. It's clear, and it's a surprisingly enjoyable listen. Well worth my credit!

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A must-read/listen for parents

Finally, someone who values science over political ideology. I love the data-driven approach and conclusions.

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Engaging conveyance of technical information

Although I was a bit squeamish with the explicit nature of some of the subject matter, and dubious of the necessity of the "storytelling" format of his case studies, this book sheds some much-needed light on the quickly eroding domain of society wisdom in gender. I eventually found the detailed accounts of his case studies engaging and felt they provided a much-need humanization of those folks struggling to find a fit for themselves in modern society, while at the same time being bluntly honest about the detrimental effects of cultural fads in this area of study. Although I think this is difficult subject matter for anyone to deal with, it's a necessary read for anyone concerned about the health and welfare of children and young adults.

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Must read for any psychologist

Leonard Sax provides a very clear and identifiable link between biology and gender, and at the same time providing information to prepare children for future challenges in their lives, it will help parents, teachers, psychologists and other fields.

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very insightful and informative

As the oldest of 6, arming the household with the knowledge and skills required to maintain a cooperative and productive effort is paramount in securing the future and everyone's sanity. Dr. Sax's book details the importance of gender in youth, the nuances, and of course why it matters. I was recommended this book while researching what i could do to better alleviate the burden of childcare and upbringing within the household. Hoping to one day care for a family of my own, the material therein is a must read.

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great book

this is a fascinating book containing facts of relevance referencing the similar to Dan differences amongst the genders the human race.

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Really Powerful Insights

I really liked this book.. I think it is indispensable for parents and teachers. Although it is clear that the writer leans right I think he does an AMAZING job of giving a balanced view backed by science and for me it was truly enlightening. There is information in this book that I never heard before and I don't think I would be likely to hear elsewhere. Worth it!

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More empirical evidence

The author relied, I believe, too heavily on anecdotes. Examples should include specific research cases.

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  • 07-31-18

absolutely must listen

Actually someone with some expierience making some sense. Good thing for parents specially with this absurd things you hear from TV and idiots around.

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  • Richelle Arundel
  • 08-10-19

Very biased anti trans message

The first half of this book was very interesting and informative. Then Sax began promoting the work of J. M. Bailey, Ray Blanchard and Kenneth Zucker. These three academics have a long and dubious history in connection with anti trans work and it wasn't long before i started hearing the familiar biased arguments against trans people. I stuck with it but the second half of the book is hugely biased and unbalanced which makes me doubt the rest. Read with caution.

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  • Allan
  • 09-20-18

Interesting and factual look at gender differences

I really enjoyed this book and having both a son and daughter think I will slightly change a few of my parenting methods to suit their differences. Whether it was about computer games, studying or being a lady or gentleman I found it to all be relevant for today's challenges for children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-18

Excellent Listen

A concise, yet informative listen on a potentially divisive subject. A refreshingly balanced view of the topic, which left me eager for further study and reflection. Highly recommend.

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  • 06-22-18

Clear, Concise. Fascinating.

Why Gender Matters is an excellent example of a book that covers a complex topic in a simplified way to make it engaging all the way through. Points are presented in a very easy to follow manner with a great mix of empirical evidence and real world examples. Narration is also very good.

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  • Ben Jones
  • 06-27-19

A must read for parents and teachers

I knew from my own experiences as a child, teenager and adult that there were key differences between men and women. However, I did not realise just how different they really were. Have a read!

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  • Andrew
  • 04-16-19

Intuitively true

Everything said rings true for anyone who's spent a second with people of either gender.