In fact, there are no major neurological differences between the sexes, says Cordelia Fine in her book Delusions of Genderwhich will be published by Icon next month. Show 25 25 50 All. Yet people ignore this huge similarity between boys and girls and instead exaggerate wildly the tiny difference between them. Thus boys develop improved spatial skills not because of an innate superiority but because they are expected and are encouraged to be strong at sport, which requires expertise at catching and throwing. Differences between male and female abilities — from map reading to multi-tasking and from parking to expressing emotion — can be traced to variations in the hard-wiring of their brains at birth, it is claimed.
Every skill, attribute and personality trait is moulded by experience.
Male and female ability differences down to socialisation, not genetics
However, their results are published and are accepted by teachers and others as proof of basic differences between boys and girls. The list is never-ending". In short, women can read maps despite claims that they lack the spatial skills for such efforts, while men can learn to empathise and need not be isolated like Mel Gibson's Nick Marshall, the emotionally retarded male lead of the film What Women Want and a classic stereotype of the unfeeling male that is perpetuated by the supporters of the hard-wired school of intellectual differences. Already sexism disguised in neuroscientific finery is changing the way children are taught. Thus boys develop improved spatial skills not because of an innate superiority but because they are expected and are encouraged to be strong at sport, which requires expertise at catching and throwing.