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April Book Review: Brain Sex

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Welcome all to our inaugural Genderversity™ Monthly Book Review! This is the section of our blog where we’ll review and recommend some of our personal favourite literature in regards to gender science, sociology, and the world of business through the lense of gender diversity. Our first book is one to which Genderversity™ CEO Jill Beresford largely attributes her start in gender intelligence work - Brain Sex, by Anne Moir Ph.D and David Jessel.

The first thing you’ll likely notice about the book is that it was co-authored by both a man and a woman, and it certainly reads as such. By not favouring one gender over the other, Brain Sex beautifully addresses the challenges that men and women often face when communicating with each other and why those challenges occur, communicating their well-researched facts through intelligent (and often quite snarky) humour. They examine the physical and chemical changes that affect each of us in utero, puberty, and beyond, to factually address how hormones can affect our brains at their basest level. The authors also acknowledge that many of the facts they present can be divisive, and maybe even alienating to many readers. The idea that men and women are neurologically, physically, socially, different from one another is often written off as controversial. Brain Sex works to minimize “sexual politics” and really focus on the “why” and “how” of our behaviours and tendencies through the lense of biological sex.

The only issue I will point out with Brain Sex (and really, it’s the only issue) is that because it was released in the late 1980’s, the research is not as up to date as it could be. Gender science, neurological imaging, and social awareness have all made leaps and bounds in the 30 years since its release. Nonetheless, if you are just beginning your journey with gender intelligence, Brain Sex is a great place to start. It’s cleverly written, well-researched, highly informative, and a vastly entertaining read even if you are unfamiliar with the science behind it.

Overall: 4/5 stars

Join us in May for our next book review: Gender Medicine, by Marek Glezerman

Bailey Davall