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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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  • Justin Kershner
  • 08-12-20

Beware of Confirmation Bias

Starts with simple scientific differences between the sexes and then uses that to leap to how the very recent trends of not following gender stereotypes is causing the downfall of children. It seems like another older person who believes they are from the good old days and the new ways are to blame. I’m pretty sure cultures all over the world have been teaching manners and etiquette and honor and yet women have still been basically slaves. Parents are just not teaching kids to be nice to anyone, it’s not because Beth doesn’t use the words lady and gentlemen. I agree with his science and so think people should give a listen to this, I do recommend it. The boiled down idea that boys and girls are naturally different so plan your lessons accordingly is useful. I think he’s created a false dichotomy: either teach your kids that boys are like this and girls are like this or they will all be blowing each other in parking lots (I’m pretty sure men have been raping girls since the creation of the “gentleman”).
Do listen though, just be aware of his leaps and get other sides as well. The ideas are useful!

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  • Sportys
  • 13-12-19

A must read in today’s confused society

I’ve watched a good friend transition from male to female and seen the pros and cons. I’ve listened to the children around me voice confusion on the differences between boys and girls. I’ve read the comments on social media about trans activism and the impact on our children with increasing dismay. This book walked me through the research and evidence and helped me understand what’s going on and how to deal with it. And also that we must use the very clear science to stop so many incorrect beliefs, like gender is a social construct, from destroying our society. Well structured, well written and well read. Thank you.

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  • stacy lindsey
  • 04-10-17

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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  • Fisselified
  • 18-03-21

A Grounded Argument of Sex Differences

Excellent book, the performance was great and the author masterfully wove together anecdotes with data to create an interesting and informative story. I will definitely be recommending this book!

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  • Rafiki03
  • 16-03-21

Insightful

I found the book very insightful and informative. I highly recommend it to everyone. I plan to check out Dr. Sax’s other books.

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  • Amanda Philpot
  • 12-03-21

One of the most helpful parenting books I've read

A truly grounded, science-based and well thought out look at gender differences and parenting. I found this book to be genuinely helpful in parenting my 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl. I have read a lot of parenting books and do not say this lightly. I also appreciate that he sighted most of his claims. The author sites over 73 studies to back up his points.

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  • J C
  • 12-02-21

Amazing. Confirmed a lot of what I suspected

I have always been doubtful of the whole “gender is a social construct” thing. There are some things that just seem inherently male and inherently female. Believe it or not, we are different in more ways than just genitalia.

This book opened my eyes and made sense of homosexuality and bisexuality in women and men. It makes so much sense when I think about people I’ve known personally throughout my life.

I feel more comfortable and accepting now that I’ve gained insight into these topics. I think this book is very important- not only for teachers and parents but everyone. No one can deny the comparisons the author makes between males and females. We all know that majority of the “stereotypes” mentioned and behavior between both the sexes is true. Whether we’d like to believe it or not.

The difference is wholly biological and not something that was necessarily taught. Yes, environment does matter a great bit but we cannot disregard the biological factor that just makes men men and women women.

The narrator does a fabulous job as well. Very clear spoken, pauses at the correct times, and is overall pleasant to listen to.

This book gets 5 stars in each area! Great job to all who were involved!!

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  • MTOI Urbana
  • 26-01-21

Very timely.

This a another great book by Mr Sax. This is something that should strongly encouraged by new parents, and those in roles of influence of children. I also recommend Mr Sax’s other books mentioned in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-21

Open minded book

I love it, it's very useful and practical it makes see men and women from a different perspective. The scientific study makes a big difference and helps to accept the similarities and differences.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-21

Everyone should reas

As a mom and as a wife I needed this book. I think every teacher, parent and person should read this book. We are missing so much of this in our culture and I think understanding these differences is gender is one of the keys to healing society.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-18

absolutely must listen

Actually someone with some expierience making some sense. Good thing for parents specially with this absurd things you hear from TV and idiots around.

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  • Rikki Arundel
  • 10-08-19

Very biased anti trans message

The first half of this book was very interesting and informative. Then Sax began promoting the work of J. M. Bailey, Ray Blanchard and Kenneth Zucker. These three academics have a long and dubious history in connection with anti trans work and it wasn't long before i started hearing the familiar biased arguments against trans people. I stuck with it but the second half of the book is hugely biased and unbalanced which makes me doubt the rest. Read with caution.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-20

compassionate and fascinating

Excellent dive into intricacies of gender differences and some very traditional advice, but fundamentally compassionate.

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  • Allan
  • 20-09-18

Interesting and factual look at gender differences

I really enjoyed this book and having both a son and daughter think I will slightly change a few of my parenting methods to suit their differences. Whether it was about computer games, studying or being a lady or gentleman I found it to all be relevant for today's challenges for children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-18

Excellent Listen

A concise, yet informative listen on a potentially divisive subject. A refreshingly balanced view of the topic, which left me eager for further study and reflection. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-18

Clear, Concise. Fascinating.

Why Gender Matters is an excellent example of a book that covers a complex topic in a simplified way to make it engaging all the way through. Points are presented in a very easy to follow manner with a great mix of empirical evidence and real world examples. Narration is also very good.

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  • Ben Jones
  • 27-06-19

A must read for parents and teachers

I knew from my own experiences as a child, teenager and adult that there were key differences between men and women. However, I did not realise just how different they really were. Have a read!

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  • Andrew
  • 16-04-19

Intuitively true

Everything said rings true for anyone who's spent a second with people of either gender.