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Publisher's Summary

International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity that “is not only eminently reasonable and beautifully-written, it is brave and vital” (Ben Shapiro, number-one New York Times best-selling author).

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 conversation-starting “required reading” (Eric R. Weinstein, PhD, host of The Portal) that 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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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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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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  • Rob
  • 2021-04-27

Informative!

I am less than educated regarding these topics. This book was very helpful. I found it to be presented from the center. Scientifically.

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"The truth about who we are is uncomfortable"

We shouldn't be afraid to have conversations about anything, they're how we learn. TY Debra

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Informative Read!

Although I may not agree with every preceot and share that in common with her, Debrah Soh provides a solid and logically sound argument for her points.

She also demonstrates the clear moral and rhetorical inconsistencies with many hyper--progressive and idealogically motivated party lines.

All the while, she tries her best (and is mostly successful) to remain respective of different views, even of those who she disagrees with and/or are flat out and clearly wrong.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who is trying to navigate the current climate and terrain of social justice movements around gender, sex, and gender expression. Regardless of which side of the line you believe yourself to be in.

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Balanced & Honest

A riveting listen!

Dr. Soh presents much more balanced, and nuanced arguments than one might think based on the title. My take away is that we need deeper conversations about the big picture items, underlined by respect. I hope any criticism of the book is done with the same level of repect, integrity, and attention to data that Soh presents here.

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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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nonbinary erasure and statistical analysis

I have an many thoughts about this book that I find hard to put into a few simple phrases. I felt my identity as a trangenser person was challenged and at times erased. I don't disagree with the science that our body's have typical alignment with male sex and female sex in most people. nore do I question the science behind the male/female brain differences. my problems come with chapter 3 and the total erasure of nonbinary people and their experiences based on the fact that you haven't yet found enough information on their brains. yes in most cases their body's will be aligned with the sexs (or a variator of both or neither if they are intersex) but it is my understanding from various studyies that trangerder people brain chemistry is different. maybe this is a false understanding I would have to do more research. It seams to me if we don't yet understand something it's because we don't know enough about it yet and there for should endeavor to learn more. I would also am a little frustrated that the only way this is looked at is from one solid angle simply because personal experience can tell people a lot. For example Nonbinary people might identify the way they do because of lack of congruence within their mind and body IE dysphoria. or they might identify with part of their birth gender but also be otherwise aligned simply because of society's notions of masculine and femininity. Because there are thousands of ways that society the brain and individual people, sperience such things this is a large reason why some sorcers might say that there are hundreds of identity or that it is a spectrum. Lastly I frown upon the harder sciences such as biology and chemistry being used as proper puritan sciences when Sociology, phychology and archology which are all seen as soft science still uses data and figures just as much to pull information from sources.

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Truth and facts, not feelings!

I think what the f*** really it's on its how science has become politicized and a pool water down so people's feelings don't get hurt it in no way demoralizes or makes light of gender issues.

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  • Emily Meyers
  • 2021-02-15

Wish I Spent The Time Listening to Another Book

Some of this seemed backwards and outdated. Toxic masculinity doesn’t exist? Ha. I witness it everyday through my own lived experience and by reading the news. Advising women to be passive and docile when it comes to expressing romantic interest? It’s not like her advice here is based on scientific evidence. She’s just sharing her own (retrograde) personal viewpoint. No thanks! Keep your unsolicited advice. If I was looking for an uptight, moralistic take on things I’d read THE RULES. 🤮

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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-19

Too much politics, too little science.

Much of the book revolves around the absurdities that are proclaimed by ‘some’ trans activists, and the consequences of that. I had much rather read a lot more about the actual academic research available and what that meant. Now that part is sort of glossed over at the beginning of each chapters, before heading back to the discussions meant Ionel before, fueled by the author’s own experience from her career as both scientist and journalist.
I feel like the book has wrong title. Not enough science and too much bickering.

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  • Brittany Duman
  • 2020-12-06

Misleading, anecdotal, and hateful.

I struggled to finish this. I am a biochemist and would love to pick apart the vast amount of of inconsistencies in this book but I don't have to time or energy. She also misrepresents her credentials.

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  • 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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  • 2021-07-23

Very one sided

If you want to learn about trans issues, listen to trans people. If you want to be validated for thinking you know trans people better than they know themselves by another cis person, read this book.

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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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  • Raina L Parks
  • 2020-10-09

Not what I expected

Not what I expected. Could not follow the logical leaps that the author was making.

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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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  • Evelyn
  • 2021-07-17

Extremely rigid, more "opinion" than "science"

I listened to the whole book trying to see what her point of view was and I didn't want to dismiss it after some glaring issues I had with the authors perspective. The author claims to be practicing science but fails to correctly report the actual findings of the studies that she cites, something that she says her opposition does. There are some useful definitions, however her ideologies are so rigid and she seems so jaded, I don't think that even if newer studies came out finding the opposite to be true, she would acknowledge them unless they met her extremely strict conservative definitions. Many of her arguments are framed in such a way that her opinions would be the only correct answer. Don't waste your time.

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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.