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Inferior - How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story-logo

Inferior - How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

Angela Saini

What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists-most of them male, of course-claimed to find evidence to support this. Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else. In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating-and sorely necessary-new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science's failure to understand women, she finds that we're still living with the legacy of an establishment that's just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men's and women's brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes. As Saini reveals, however, groundbreaking research is finally rediscovering women's bodies and minds. Inferior investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women's brains, bodies, and role in human evolution.

What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists-most of them male, of course-claimed to find evidence to support this. Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else. In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating-and sorely necessary-new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science's failure to understand women, she finds that we're still living with the legacy of an establishment that's just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men's and women's brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes. As Saini reveals, however, groundbreaking research is finally rediscovering women's bodies and minds. Inferior investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women's brains, bodies, and role in human evolution.
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What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists-most of them male, of course-claimed to find evidence to support this. Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else. In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating-and sorely necessary-new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science's failure to understand women, she finds that we're still living with the legacy of an establishment that's just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men's and women's brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes. As Saini reveals, however, groundbreaking research is finally rediscovering women's bodies and minds. Inferior investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women's brains, bodies, and role in human evolution.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Hannah Melbourn

Length:

7h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:48