Why Gender Matters

Why Gender Matters

What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

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A revised and updated edition (with more than 70% new material) of the evergreen classic about the innate differences between boys and girls and how best to parent and teach girls and boys successfully, with completely new chapters on sexual orientation and on transgender and intersex kids.

Eleven years ago, 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 normal behavior (see: the rising rates of ADHD diagnosis), and failing to support kids to reach their full potential. In the intervening decade, the world has changed drastically, 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 completely 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 bad behavior.

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A noted pediatrician and child psychologist looks at the controversial question of biologically based gender differences, arguing that these variations are a biological reality and that they play a key role in the development of personality traits and intellectual and social skills.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [2017]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451497772
Branch Call Number: 305. 3 SAX
Characteristics: xiv, 383 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Nov 19, 2018

He gives a strong case for teaching boys and girls separately. Understanding how boys and girls react to the traditional class setting is eye-opening. It could be helpful to those who still have children in school. Mine are grown. I read the 2005 edition of this book. Glad to know there is an updated version.

Jan 24, 2018

Author is spot on. As someone who has worked with youth for most of my life--in various capacities including teaching and counselling--I have seen, first hand, the results he is raising the alarm about.....It is helpful to approach the book with a critical eye rather than a preconceived idea of what you already think is true or right.....then take a look around our world. I am alarmed at the number of youth who are prescribed psychotropic drugs such as: clozapine, lithium, olanazpine and so on...in order to control behaviour. It is not unusual for a young person (under 18) to be popping a combination of 3 or more drugs on a daily basis. I see parents who would rather have their son or daughter pop a pill than change how they are managing their youth in the home. Crazy.

Highly recommend every parent and teacher read this book.

Nov 16, 2017

this guy doesn't even understand the difference between "girl"=gender and female =sex, or
"boy"=gender and male=sex. So he confuses gender roles and sexual difference. Just because society, and people like him mix up the differences does not mean that socially/culturally created differences are "hardwired" they are NOT! This is psuedo science that continues to perpetuate stereo types about all people who have chosen or are by situation different from the culture they landed in. Biology didn't make more people heterosexual any more than bisexual, our world cultures define and orient us.

Nov 14, 2017

It is dangerous to assume boys and girls are the same; exhausting for young women, and undermining for boys growing into manhood. Ask yourself what need do we have as a culture to try to use false logic to make gender neutral. Its a fad at best. Women and men are equal, yes, but very different, and I think we can all agree at that level and save ourselves the stress of trying to fit a square where a circle should be. This is an entirely new concept and utterly ridiculous. But trying to give women an "advantage" by imposing on us that we are no different than men diminishes our strength as women, as different but equally important beings. This book helps get that viewpoint across and the argument that it isn't "scientific" in theory holds no ground.

Aug 17, 2017

This is a bad book of bad science.

The same content, if presented honestly as the author’s opinions and hypotheses, would make a thought-provoking exploration of the benefits of single-sex education, amongst other issues.
Unfortunately rather than well-established scientific facts, the author is presenting contentious hypotheses based on a minority interpretation of raw data (see, for example, Lise Eliot in The Trouble with Sex Differences, Neuron , Volume 72, Issue 6). Overall, this critique damns the book as pseudo-science. The reader has to remain on guard throughout to this all-pervasive defect, if not to be drawn in to a potentially erroneous way of thinking. I have requested that San Francisco library withdraw this book for this reason, or at least put a thoughtful warning in the beginning.

The structure of the main argument of the book is as follows:

- in chapter 2, Dr Sax presents various research results from the literature which demonstrate: “Today we know that innate differences between girls and boys are profound”. These results, if true, are fascinating ideas and act as the foundation for the whole book. Mark Liberman, goes through much of Sax’s claims in detail (see, for example, Liberman on Sax on Liberman on Sax on hearing). It appears clear that Sax significantly overstates the strength of his claims.

- in the remainder studies of gender differences, in bigger children, are assumed to be based on innate factors not developmental influences, and Dr Sax’s prescriptions have their foundation in this assumption. It is hard work to always remember that he is stating his opinion, masquerading as fact, and sometimes that opinion is worth hearing, and sometimes his suggestions for how to treat boys and girls differently may help; but the utility of this book is totally undermined by the weakness of the scientific foundations and I recommend avoiding it.

Sep 17, 2016

A very important read esp in Seattle w/agenda of teaching gender roles/flexibility to children as young as 5. VIP for women, many of whom have become stressed & anxious about using public restrooms.Must-read for teachers, parents & esp legislators, who cave to $-& force little girls to shower next to naked male strangers, encourage educators to confuse innocent children with questionable social doctrine (concerning at-most 3/1000 transgender people) & insist we accept dubious social & cultural experimentation involving children's/women's safety and privacy.

victoriapareja Nov 14, 2011

A must read book for anyone raising or teaching children.

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