About, Book Reviews, News Mentions and Foreign Editions
Delusions of Gender was shortlisted for the Victoria Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction 2011, the Best Book of Ideas Prize 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010, and the Warwick Prize 2013.
Patrick Kingsley, writing in the Guardian, included Delusions of Gender in his "ten years of brain food" - the books which have most influenced thinking over the past decade - alongside Freakonimics, The Tipping Point, No Logo and The Black Swan.
It was a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year and is listed in "10 books by women that will change your life" (Sunday Times), "22 books women think men should read" (Huffington Post), "Top 10 books on women in the past 30 years" (The Australian) and "40 new feminist classics" (Literary Classics).
More reviews can be found here.
"Delusions of Gender takes on that tricky question, Why exactly are men from Mars and women from Venus?, and eviscerates both the neuroscientists who claim to have found the answers and the popularizers who take their findings and run with them. ... What all this adds up to, she says, is neurosexism. It's all in the brain. But Dr. Fine persuasively argues that it is, in fact, all in the mind. ... Dr. Fine's research is well documented, with 82 pages of footnotes. ... [R]ead this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is."
New York Times
"[A] witty and meticulously researched expose of the sloppy studies that pass for scientific evidence in so many of today's bestselling books on sex differences ... [A]nyone ... who would like to know what today's best science reveals about gender differences - and similarities - could not do better than read this book."
Dr Carol Tavris, author of The Mismeasure of Woman
Times Literary Supplement
"[H]ighly readable and enjoyable ... should be required reading for every neurobiology student, if not every human being."
Professor Ben Barres, Stanford University,
Public Library of Science Biology
"With Delusions of Gender we welcome a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences. ... Fine writes with bravura. She takes no hostages. She rejoices in demystifying the compellingly seductive false colour images provided by the MRI scanners ... a book that sparkles with wit, which is easy to read but underpinned by substantial scholarship and a formidable 100-page bibliography ... every page of Fine's brilliant, spiky book reminds us that science is part of culture and that the struggle against sexism in the neurosciences and the struggle against sexism in society are intimately linked. Read her, enjoy and learn."
Professor Hilary Rose, London School of Economics,
Book of the Week, Times Higher Education Supplement
"[A] fabulous combination of wit, passion, and scholarship ... This marvelous and important book will change the way readers view the gendered world."
Pick of the Week, starred review: Publishers Weekly
"[B]old ... Timely and provocative ... [Fine's] well-stocked armoury ... includes extensive research, sharp wit and a probing intelligence, and which refuses to be satisfied with the delusional myth-making that often passes for popular science."
"So you thought sexism was a thing of the past? Not so much, says Cordelia Fine. A growing number of Americans believe there's an 'immutable' biological difference between the male and female brain. But brain differences are no explanations for why so few women are engineers and so few men go into nursing. Fine says old myths dressed up with new science are propagating dangerous new conventional wisdom, and when it comes down to it, she argues, all that science just doesn't add up. ... Packed with rich scientific detail - evidenced by 82 pages of footnotes - Fine's argument is solid"
"[A]n important and thoroughly engaging book."
Selected News Mentions
"My four year old son is sexist - so who's to blame?"
Tom Fordy, The Telegraph (31 May 2016)
More news mentions can be found here.
North America (Norton)
UK (Icon Books)
Australia & New Zealand (Allen & Unwin)
Germany (Verlag Klett-Cotta)