Magazine article Work & Family Life

What Does Sex Have to Do with It?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What Does Sex Have to Do with It?

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In the past, whether you were male or female determined your role in society, the way you behaved and the work that you did. Today, research tells us that differences in income, education, class, age, race and ethnicity are far more powerful in shaping behavior than gender differences.

Same Difference, the fascinating new book by Rosalind Barnett, a senior scientist at Brandeis University, and Caryl Rivers, a professor of journalism at Boston University, describes exactly what the subtitle says: how gender myths are hurting our relationships, our children and our jobs. The authors surveyed roughly 1 500 studies in biology, psychology, anthropology, genetics and managerial behavior and debunk many myths and stereotypes that frame today's social issues in a way that is out of sync with what's really happening. …

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