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A revised and updated edition (with more than 70% new material) of the classic book about innate differences between boys and girls and how best to parent and teach girls and boys successfully, with new chapters on sexual orientation and on transgender and intersex kids.

Back in 2005, the first edition of Why Gender Matters broke ground in illuminating the differences between boys and girls—how they perceive the world differently, how they learn differently, how they process emotions and take risks differently. Dr. Sax argued that in failing to recognize these hardwired differences between boys and girls, we ended up reinforcing damaging stereotypes, medicalizing misbehavior, and failing to help kids to reach their full potential. In the intervening decade, the world has changed, with an avalanche of new research which supports, deepens, and expands Dr. Sax's work. This revised and updated edition includes new findings about how boys and girls interact differently with social media and video games; a new discussion of research on gender non-conforming, LGB, and transgender kids, new findings about how girls and boys see differently, hear differently, and even smell differently; and new material about the medicalization of misbehavior.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Leonard Sax

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great read

loved it! I'm an ABA SW in an elementary school in Canada and it was enlightening to better understand the differences and why

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Eye opening to the research on gender differences

If you are looking for up to date research on gender differences with an emphasis on how it relates to the classroom then I would highly recommend this book.

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One of the most informative books

This book is one of the most informative books I’ve ever gotten through. It manages to get straight to the point while not being jarring. The combination of real life stories and raw information is really well handled. This book offers a great complete package for understanding gender and sexuality and in my opinion is a must read (or listen).

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  • stacy lindsey
  • 2017-10-04

Great and unexpected

I was really surprised by some of the things explained in this book. Some parts were joyously enlightening, while other parts made me uncomfortable because they challenged what I though I knew. I would highly recommend this book to any human, not just parents and teachers.

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  • 0rton
  • 2019-02-19

Engaging conveyance of technical information

Although I was a bit squeamish with the explicit nature of some of the subject matter, and dubious of the necessity of the "storytelling" format of his case studies, this book sheds some much-needed light on the quickly eroding domain of society wisdom in gender. I eventually found the detailed accounts of his case studies engaging and felt they provided a much-need humanization of those folks struggling to find a fit for themselves in modern society, while at the same time being bluntly honest about the detrimental effects of cultural fads in this area of study. Although I think this is difficult subject matter for anyone to deal with, it's a necessary read for anyone concerned about the health and welfare of children and young adults.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-10-15

Must read for any psychologist

Leonard Sax provides a very clear and identifiable link between biology and gender, and at the same time providing information to prepare children for future challenges in their lives, it will help parents, teachers, psychologists and other fields.

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  • Lune Xionshiski, Miccioh
  • 2018-08-26

very insightful and informative

As the oldest of 6, arming the household with the knowledge and skills required to maintain a cooperative and productive effort is paramount in securing the future and everyone's sanity. Dr. Sax's book details the importance of gender in youth, the nuances, and of course why it matters. I was recommended this book while researching what i could do to better alleviate the burden of childcare and upbringing within the household. Hoping to one day care for a family of my own, the material therein is a must read.

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  • Tim Haifley
  • 2018-06-18

great book

this is a fascinating book containing facts of relevance referencing the similar to Dan differences amongst the genders the human race.

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  • Tiamo
  • 2018-02-07

Really Powerful Insights

I really liked this book.. I think it is indispensable for parents and teachers. Although it is clear that the writer leans right I think he does an AMAZING job of giving a balanced view backed by science and for me it was truly enlightening. There is information in this book that I never heard before and I don't think I would be likely to hear elsewhere. Worth it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-11

Not for former victims of bullies

This book makes many good points until it gets to the chapter about nerdy boys. Apparently, the solution to stop quiet intelligent boys from being bullied isn’t doing something about the bullies’ behavior, but rather to force the nerdy boy to play sports and join the bullies.

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  • Jamaal Long
  • 2018-11-04

More empirical evidence

The author relied, I believe, too heavily on anecdotes. Examples should include specific research cases.

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  • AMAZON007
  • 2018-02-27

Not impressed

Verbose, repetitive and shallow; it also presents minimal research. The author plugs in his other work way too many times. It's an OK book but not worth the time and money investment. The author's point could've been made just as well in a magazine article.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-12-01

Confusion

The author mixes scientific studies with his own experience. Be wary and do not draw conclusions hastly. The truth value of his conclusions is not the same as those studies. Interesting book, but way too hard to be examinated seriously through an audio book.