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  • Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society
  • Written by: Debra W. Soh
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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 allow the reader to form an independent opinion.

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  • Geoffrey
  • 2020-09-09

Opposing Narrative

Dr Debra Soh does an excellent job of taking a non-bais and open-minded approach while writing this book. I found this book through the Joe Rogan podcast as I did with “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters”. While Irreversible damage focuses on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria on young women, this book takes a more broad approach to the transgender movement. The book is sectioned into three parts. The first is the “foundations” of the transgender movement like sex is a spectrum. The second part is the “frontier” which explores topics like “children with gender dysphoria should transition”. The last part is called the “future” which explores topics like gender-neutral parenting.

I do not believe that this book is any way transphobic. We can be for transgender right while critiquing certain aspects of the movement. I urge people to have an open mind when reading this book. In the end, I want everyone to be who they are without feeling like an outcast. However, in the pursuit of truth and equality, we should not sacrifice reality or oppress narratives that do not conform.

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  • 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
  • 2020-08-24

Not what I expected

Going into this book I assumed there would be more science. I was hoping there was more studies that she would run through, I guess I'll have to look elsewhere for the facts she said she would include. It feels as though this book her defending her opinions and trying to show the world she is a good person, she probably is, but not exactly what I wanted to spend my time on.

Overall, there were some interesting things that I was able to learn from her. But also brought up more questions that were left unanswered by this book.

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  • Genesis M. Cranston
  • 2021-01-19

Help for social gaslighting

Like the author, I have a "live let live" personal motto and value facts over feelings (hence why my major is in sciences), but I feel like society is attempting to gaslight and brow beat me into believing the sky is red instead of blue.

Some have said this book is specific to the times and will not age well, they may be correct, but without people like Dr. Soh speaking up, the direction our scientific is more dismal than now.

This book is enlightening even for someone who has lead a pretty unorthodox life. I highly recommend giving a listen even if you're versed in the sciences but think you're intellectually in opposition. Listening to the other side is what will mend our world.

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  • Robert Aaron Collins
  • 2021-03-01

Excellent Book!!!!!!

This was a great book I really enjoyed it. I first discovered Dr Debra Soh during her interview with The Femsplainers podcast and I was so interested in her research. This book was everything I thought it would be and more I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to learn from an honest perspective. It’s great that Soh acknowledges the reasons why the book itself and the research on gender is so controversial and does it from a respectable position. So many speakers seems to try to be insulting for the attention but this book and it’s author is presented with class. Amazing job!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-04-02

Very interesting and nuanced

I think the author handled this controversial topic with respect, kindness and nuance. Food for thought by a liberal, for liberals (and conservatives!)

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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.

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