Why gender matters : what parents and teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differences

by Leonard Sax

Paper Book, 2005


Family & Relationships. Psychiatry. Sociology. Nonfiction. HTML: 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 girlsâ??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.… (more)



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New York : Broadway Books, 2006, c2005.

User reviews

LibraryThing member paroof
Every parent should read this book. It is based less on conjecture than scientific studies. Not one study, but several. Studies that look at differences between the genders on hearing, eyesight, brain function, risk-taking, etc. It broadens your understanding of why your child sees the world as he
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does and why he reacts the way he does. These are important facts to know when shaping an educational plan that will work best for your child. An absolutely fascinating read.
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LibraryThing member scd87
Everyone should read this book! There are biological differences between how boys and girls learn, behave, think, feel, etc. Teachers, as well as parents, need to know these things so they can use more gender-appropriate strategies. Don't worry - this book is not about reinforcing gender roles, and
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there is a section about masculine girls, and feminine boys. Sax realizes that these ideas are not absolute, but they will definately help the majority of our students. I urge you to read this! You will learn a lot of new, surprising things (for example, did you know that boys and girls hear and see differently?).
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LibraryThing member reader1009
Adult nonfiction; education/parenting. I haven't finished it yet, but this has a lot to do with parenting (effective methods for teaching/rearing girls vs. boys) and since I'm not crazy about this month's "mothers" theme, and because the other choices I tried to read didn't pan out, it will have to
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do. So far it's been v. interesting--the biological differences between the brain functions of boys and girls, as well as in men and women. I would recommend it for all parents/teachers.
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LibraryThing member highlander6022
The book is excellent. Should be read by all parents, especially so in today’s gender-fluid culture. I read the first edition from a library. Would be interesting to know if the studies cited in this book hold up in the second edition.


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0767916255 / 9780767916257
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