The End of GenderAuthor: Dr Debra Soh Category: Cultural Context, Neuroscience, Psychology, Sex and Gender, Transition Published: 2020 Buy on Amazon
International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this fascinating, research-based, scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity.
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 a conversation-starting work that will challenge what you thought you knew about gender, identity, and everything in between. Timely, informative, and provocative, it will arm you with the facts you need to come to your own conclusions about gender identity and its place in the world today.
Debra Soh gave up a career in science when she found there were certain topics that were becoming ‘out of bounds’ to researchers. She discovered a growing movement that was taking the previous three decades of knowledge and throwing it out because of a postmodern agenda.
In this book, Debra Soh reviews the science behind biological differences between males and females. Whilst many think it is dangerous and sexist to say that there are differences between the sexes, she covers the nuances of sex research and shows how an individual brain cannot be reliably categorised as male or female, but that average differences do exist, and the implications of this in wider society. With many Bayswater parents navigating the ‘Sex is a Spectrum/pink brain vs blue brain’ debate with our children’, Debrah Soh’s thoroughly referenced arguments are certainly worth reading. Through her years of work as a sex researcher, she has worked with a great many people who have transitioned, and of relevance to Bayswater parents is her discussion and deeper questions about the wisdom and ethics of transitioning children, particularly when a great many would grow up to be gay adults.
Interestingly, and some would say controversially, she highlights evidence that gender identity, expression and sexuality are inextricably linked: research has shown that the greatest predictor of being gay in adulthood is gender non-conformity in childhood. Whether you are a fierce opponent of masculine and feminine brain research, or hold sincerely to the belief that male and female brains do show average differences, this book presents the research in an easily accessible, highly absorbing format. For the opposing argument – Gina Rippon’s The Gendered Brain is also an insightful book.