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The End of Gender

Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society
Written by: Debra Soh
Narrated by: Debra Soh
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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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 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.

©2020 Dr. Debra Soh. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Question your bias

This book is one of the most important books of our time for everyone to read. I highly recommend it. I will be actively telling my friends and family about it. I will be introducing it to my teenage children as well. Before you read it take a moment to try to critically suspend your biases. Consider each point as objectively as you can. I fear that many will dismiss the discussion out of hand without fair analysis. That is precisely the problem currently faced by academia and society at large.

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Absolutely loved this book ! Very informative 👏

Can totally understand Debra, as once I also was on her shoes!!! I was supportive but recently on the past years it feels like it has gotten out of control. And the thing I disliked the most was that if I was to oppose one viewpoint or try to understand better by asking questions, imminently I would be called a bigot or homophobic etc and of course on top of that I was called racist as well, which never in the world could understand why !!!

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A MUST read if you value unbiased knowledge

I would consider myself someone who is progressive and a feminist. I felt very strongly for the LGBTQ+ community. It was so easy just to join in on social media and share/shout my support for them without looking into it any further. Don't get me wrong, I do still believe in supporting them but, something did not feel quite right with some of the information getting passed around online over the past few years. Specifically, some of the information getting shared regarding science and biology did not sit right. I was bothered that there was no room for discussion and how people wouldn't understand that these topics had a lot of nuances. This led me down the path of researching the gender ideology and sudden transgender craze and it led me to Debra's book. This book is a must read if you want impartial, scientific facts. I have so much respect for the author's courage to stand up and tell the truth while still remaining humble and open to discussion. The author makes the information easy to understand. Besides giving me a guiding within this gender craziness, I have found the book helped me understand myself as a gender atypical women. I would highly recommend!

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Eye Opening

I wasn't sure what to expect. My understanding was limited, so I am extremely appreciative of Dr. Debra Soh's contribution towards this highly sensitive topic.

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amazing

the exact science I was looking for thank you for writing this book even my super left girlfriend was educated

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Eye opening

Excellent book, well balanced and nuanced. I can see why some people don't like its message

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Good to learn the scientific truth

Fantastic performance, lots learned, and a lot to think about. I hope this knowledge will be powerful enough to support me in this crazy world

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  • Ian
  • 2020-08-28

An important book for our time.

Highly recommended. Very well written and a much needed deep dive into one of the issues of our time. Reason, logic and science must overcome the insanity of today’s identity politics and anti-science agenda.

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I'm usually too busy or lazy to write reviews but this author and her book offers you an ocean of knowledge and a fresh insight on topics media and even academia got it wrong lately. I am going to buy the print copy also as I like to highlight the paragraphs that I want ti reflect upon later on ( or debate my friends 😁)

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A Must Read

Thank you for standing up for science! A must read for everyone! Truthful but compassionate

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  • anonymous
  • 2020-08-05

More balanced than I had anticipated

At first glance, I thought this book might be a right-wing tirade about gender norms and the transgender community. However, this book presented a balanced and data-driven view of issues relating to gender identity and sexuality. I was pleasantly surprised by the author’s acknowledgement of the realities faced by the transgender community while also combating common misinformation often found among trans activists, especially as it relates to gender dysmorphia in children. The author also does a pretty good job narrating, much better than many other authors who narrate their own books.

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  • Robert K.
  • 2020-08-08

stirring a conversation that is lacking

clearly stated points, interesting read. written with humility and professional attitude towards this problem. I hope it will get attention it deserves

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  • Cara M
  • 2020-08-08

Excellent and informative!

I am a transwoman who is having issues with the trans community ideology lately. I was starting to feel that things were getting a little too crazy. After reading this book, I know why I was feeling that way... Thank you Dr Soh!

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  • Loud Lemur from Latveria
  • 2020-08-11

One of the most important books of our time

Being a liberal and a parent with an appreciation for quantentative evidence right now is scary. In the face of the ongoing political movement to encourage children to transition at a young age or learn that gender disphoria is societally more advantageous than behaving typically as your sex (both typical male and female behaviors being stigmatized), most people are cowed into silence on this issue. Not Debra Soh. With a highly clinical and compassionate approach, she speaks volumes of truth she will sadly be attacked for by activists who won't read her book or the studies she sites.

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  • purplecrayon88
  • 2020-08-26

Useful at points, disappointing overall

Some useful definitions and data points, but generally disappointing. The style was too informal for the topic, and the studies were not sufficiently described to let the reader to form an independent opinion.

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  • Sabrina
  • 2020-08-05

Excellent book for understanding who we are.

Having heard Dr. Soh speak, I was eager to read this. What a refreshingly honest scientific description of a subject made so confusing by leftist activists in academia. Also extremely useful for understanding ourselves as humans. I hope society learns the lessons she’s teaching here.

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  • Dwayne Hawkins
  • 2020-09-02

Actual Science

Listened to this start to finish in one sitting. Good science & objective facts. Absolutely loved this book & recommend highly; especially to any naysayers.

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  • DrinkLotsOfWater
  • 2020-10-12

Must read

I’ve been confused by the trans movement, not understanding the issues and motivations, and afraid to ask. The book give excellent explanations of the terms and issues, with balanced and nuanced perspective. I’m overwhelmingly impressed by the courage, and knowledge of the author. I wish this book were required reading.

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  • Tomas P.
  • 2020-10-11

Absolute must read!

Brilliant, brave, honest, truth seeking. Amazing book which I wish was read by everyone with whom I ever discuss any gender / social justice warriors topics. Greatly narrated by the author.

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  • Mary Goodman
  • 2020-10-03

an easy and great read!

It's pretty accessible to a lay person! there's some small nitpick definitions I've heard from gender passionate people, mostly wanting a clear definition of woman, man, and origins of gendered behaviors. those were more from friends of mine though, than my own, I found everything to be quite clear. I think it's a great read if you're looking to better understand what's going on. I don't agree with Deborah's stances on everything, but that's okay! Good even.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-21

transphobic

transphobic and informal. couldn't bear to go past the first chapter. I will return this book.