Sex & Gender

Sex & Gender

Sex & Gender

This is a comprehensive introduction to sex and gender theories, research, and issues, focusing on social psychological and feminist perspectives. The book examines the similarities and differences between women and men, discusses where that knowledge comes from, and explains how that knowledge may itself be shaped and limited by cultural perceptions. This new edition has been thoroughly revised with up-to-date research citations for all chapters and more current examples.

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  1. Calhara "Cal" said,

    Wrote on February 12, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    8 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Extremely anti-male, May 3, 2009
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    Calhara “Cal” (Lake Forest College) –

    This review is from: Sex & Gender (Paperback)

    Like others, I was told this was perhaps the most unbiased book on the market for psychology of gender. It very well might be, but don’t let such an endorsement fool you: the book is extremely anti-male, presenting males in a poor light whenever feasible. The book clearly focuses on debunking popular anti-woman stereotypes and urban myths, but does so with an equally clear offensive mindset towards men. Use of citation is interesting to note, as others have pointed out: several sections proclaim statistical information without a citation, and many of inferences she presents as fact are really from singular studies with questionable methodologies. A large number of the studies she cites as having important results and subsequently draws strong conclusions from have actually never been replicated; while she does have the scientific integrity to present some of the conflicting research, the reader is lead to believe that only one study has had conflicting results, when many times this is not the case.

    Perhaps the thing that bothered me the most is her systematic manipulation of factual statistics. For example, when comparing male-female athletic performance, rather than citing current data she looks back to find instances where the current world records have over-taken athletes from decades past. Rather than citing research that actually compares men and women, she presents studies on all-female groups as a valid basis to make comparisons (in other words, we get tallies of female performance but not of male, yet the reader is told this indicates similarities between male and female performance). By using other clever manipulations, she is able to present information as saying one thing while it may actually say something different; an example would be comparison between “7 out of 100 men and 5 out of 1000 women”. Additionally, the analysis she gives studies is biased. When results show that men out-performing women in a given area, she disputes the study as unsound or unscientific as fast as she can. But, when the study she cites shows women outperforming men, or fits in with the section topic, she has nothing to say.

    Her efforts to undermine cultural norms and reverse negative stereotypes of women are highly commendable, which is the only reason this book gets a 2 instead of 1, despite the fact that I cannot say that I actually learned anything new. There is a wealth of information out there that says the stereotypes against women are undeserved and have no basis. Unfortunately, she seriously undermines this message with this book by presenting such a biased way. The message she ends up getting across is “society is male driven, therefore society is evil and wrong” which is an appropriate message for another publication, but not for psychology textbook on the topic of gender differences and similarities.

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  2. Dalen T. Hansen said,

    Wrote on February 13, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    4 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Blah, April 21, 2009
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    Dalen T. Hansen
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    Our professor told us that this is the least biased of the gender books out there. If that is true we are in trouble. This book was extremely anti-man; and if you were a minority male you were still scum, but not quit as bad. It had many interesting points and I did learn some from it. My biggest complaint is that about 80% of the studies cited in this book are self report. Then they cite them as fact.

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  3. DG "Drew" said,

    Wrote on February 13, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    7 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    An Unbearable “Text” with an Unmistakable Agenda, October 27, 2009
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    DG “Drew” (Utah, USA) –

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    This Lips woman must have a chip on her shoulder the size of Maine. I have no idea what caused her to hate men and any kind of heterosexual relationship, but her agenda is overwhelmingly evident in this “textbook.” When asked why the professor at my very Conservative university chose this as text for her class, she responded that it’s unfortunately the “most balanced textbook on the subject.” If that is true, I weep for the study, as this book is extremely slanted against men and heterosexuals, as well as any kind of majority. The facts were skewed, the writing was dripping with poorly-masked disdain and the style and format made the subject tedious and frustrating. I quite enjoyed the class and discussions involved, but our chats regularly included bashing of Hilary Lips and her rubbish text. With each chapter, I found myself more and more annoyed and often finished off my reading by throwing the book across the room.

    If this is an absolutely required text for a class you’re taking, find it for as cheap as you possibly can. Otherwise, steer clear of this horrible rag. You could easily learn more, and more accurately, from doing independent research or from another author.

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