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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 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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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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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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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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"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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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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  • 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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Extremely important and informative

This book is one of the most illuminating books I have ever read. For those that are longing for information dealing with Sexology, research, and the Trans movement based on science, this book will answer many of the questions you may have dealing with those areas. It is a plea for Truth.

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absolutely fantastic

narrated by the author, which I always prefer. Debra delivers an incredibly thoughtful critique balanced with nuance to articulate her points so well. she reveals the real world implications of ideological takeover of the scientific community. the next time you hear anyone say "I dont see the harm" just give them this book. if they still dont see it it's because they're just choosing not to look. thank you debra for being such a leader in your field of study. let's all be a little braver and a lot more informed and respectful in our discourse.

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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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  • Nonya bidness
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Austin
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-21

transphobic

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