Are brains gendered, genetically?

| | November 26, 2013
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Are boys and girls fundamentally different? Is pink for girls and blue for boys? Is there truth in the insinuation that we should buy Lego Technics for our sons and Barbies that bemoan the difficulty of maths for our daughters?

Studies done on the subject paint an interesting picture.

Developmental psychopathologist Simon Baron-Cohen has produced a body of work that suggests there really is an intrinsic difference in the aptitudes of male and female brains.

Thankfully, for the progressively minded parent, Baron-Cohen’s work is the subject of much dispute.

While it’s undoubtedly true that men and women take on different roles in society, the idea of intrinsically different male and female brains has been roundly debunked, notably by Cordelia Fine in her book ‘Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences’.

Read the full, original story here: Fighting nature: Is blue for boys & pink for girls genetic?

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