In this episode, I talk with Gina Rippon about her book, The Gendered Brain (Gender and Our Brains in the US).
Since the day we are born, we face deeply ingrained (false) beliefs that our sex determines our skills and preferences - from toys and colours to career choices and salaries. Using the latest neuroscience, Gina unpacks the stereotypes and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves, each other and even shape our brains accordingly.
Some topics of discussion include:
- The origins of the “female brain” and “male brain” myth, and what perpetuates it
- How “a gendered world produces a gendered brain”
- How early “gender bombardment” begins and the role it has from day zero of a child’s life
- Why women experience lower levels of self-esteem and higher rates of self-silencing
- The gender gap in certain STEM fields
- The future of sex and gender, and where we need to go from here in order to get rid of these myths once and for all
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The quotes you will hear read during the interview are taken directly from the book, The Gendered Brain.
Transcription is available here
Mentioned in the episode:
- Scientific American article
- Testosterone Rex - Cordelia Fine
- Reshma Saujani - Girls Who Code
- Anne Fausto-Sterling
- Daphna Joel
- Lise Eliot - Pink Brain, Blue Brain
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