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The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society Paperback – August 31, 2021
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Is our gender something we’re born with, or are we conditioned by society? In The End of Gender, neuroscientist and sexologist Dr. Debra Soh uses a research-based approach to address this hot-button topic, unmasking popular misconceptions about the nature vs. nurture debate and exploring what it means to be a woman or a man in today’s society.
Both scientific and objective, and drawing on original research and carefully conducted interviews, Soh tackles a wide range of issues, such as gender-neutral parenting, gender dysphoric children, and the neuroscience of being transgender. She debates today’s accepted notion that gender is a social construct and a spectrum, and challenges the idea that there is no difference between how male and female brains operate.
The End of Gender is conversation-starting “required reading” (Eric R. Weinstein, PhD, host of The Portal) that will arm you with the facts you need to come to your own conclusions about gender identity and its place in the world today.
— Douglas Murray, The London Times
“By far the best I’ve read on this topic.”
—Michael Shermer, PhD, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University and New York Times bestselling author of Giving the Devil His Due
“Very, very good. Quite feminist, very liberal, highly compassionate, thoroughly evidence-based, utterly reasonable.”
—Helen Pluckrose, editor in chief of Areo Magazine and author of Cynical Theories
“An easy-to-read introduction to the various current debates over sex, gender, and transgender. Soh also covers adjacent topics, such [as] autogynephilia and research on the origins of sexual orientation.”
—Ray Blanchard, PhD, Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and researcher in sexual orientation, paraphilias, and gender dysphoria
“[A] beautifully calm, rational and precision-guided dissection…her exposé will fall like rain on parched earth.”
—Barbara Kay, The Post Millennial
"Sex and gender are always gripping topics, and The End of Gender does not disappoint. Debra Soh has given us a lucid explanation of the latest science and politics of men and women. And she fearlessly pushes back against the notion that the only way to advance equality is to scramble biology, language, and common sense, and to intimidate anyone who doesn’t go along."
—Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of The Blank Slate and Enlightenment Now
"Dr. Debra Soh's book is not only eminently reasonable and beautifully-written, it is brave and vital. Rooted in data but accessible to the common person, this is the rare book that can only be labeled 'must-read.'"
—Ben Shapiro, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire, and Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show"
"The longer that academic science suppresses its carefully constructed knowledge about the biology of sex in deference to a rapidly mutating set of political taboos, the less claim it will have to public respect or attention. It is to be hoped that Debra Soh’s The End of Gender inspires more scientists to stand up to the ideological myths around sex and gender in defense of scientific truth."
—Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Diversity Delusion.
"There is no more treacherous topic on the current intellectual landscape than the biological basis of gender. The fearless Dr. Debra Soh is an expert guide navigating the jungle of umbrella categories like "Trans" and "LGBTQx" to let us know how they are informed by our scientific understanding of biology. If you are genuinely interested beyond sloganeering about the eternal braid of gender, sexuality and biology, then this book is required reading."
—Eric R Weinstein, PhD, Managing Director at Thiel Capital and Host of The Portal
"Debra Soh's clearly written book walks the reader through the science and politics of sex and gender research. Her discussion is accessible, balanced and thoughtful and will advance the study of how biological and social factors interact in the development of sex and gender."
—Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University
About the Author
- Publisher : Threshold Editions (August 31, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982132523
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982132521
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.84 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020
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Dr. Debra Soh explores the entire topic in a no-nonsense, straight forward presentation, free of narratives, backed by research.
This is NOT a technical read. It is written for a general consumption. I will admit there were parts I had to reread to fully digest what was being presented, but by no means was it hard to understand.
We are being bombarded with information, facts, fabrications, lies, and opinions surrounding this volatile subject. This book is the "breather" we need to sort it all out.
I would strongly urge parents of younger children to digest the information in this book, should you need to deal with the situation should it arise.
I'm keeping this book and passing it on to my kids later, not only so that they can learn that everything they are bombarded with in the media is basically total bull, but also for the dating advice in chapter 7. Yes, I'm going to be having a sexologist "talk" to my kids about dating someday, because it's just basic common sense that we all (should) know by now. I could tell them the same thing, but I know they'd probably just tune me out. Seeing it written down - in a place that they can refer to again and again - just might help them avoid heartbreak.
Well done, Dr Soh, and I hope that someday you can go back to doing research again!!
This is an important book; buy it before it is banished. Still, I must protest the general trend to gynocentrism---the book always directs its empathy toward the feminine. But it fails to hold the feminine accountable.
With biology banished, "sexism" then becomes the only explanation; and that's how feminists like it. It was feminism that declared "Gender is a social construct." It was feminists who turned that assertion into academic "law," and it is primarily the feminine that remains fearful of innate male-female differences. She won't say it, but the ideological dictatorship that Soh decries has its origins in the feminine.
But, Soh's book is politically incorrect enough as it without taking all that on! Bravo Dr. Soh, your voice is much needed. Best part of the book? For me, it was this bit of penetrating logic: If male and female are just "social constructs" without basis in biology, then what is a trans person transitioning from, and what is a trans person transitioning to? If "gender is fluid," then why is there "gender dysphoria," and how can this feeling of being a male trapped in a female body (or vice versa) be so overwhelming as to motivate the long, arduous, expensive and painful process of physically transitioning?
Answer that biology deniers!
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Would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in transgender issues, feminism, sexuality or just differences between the sexes.