The Gendered Society review

The Gendered SocietyThe Gendered Society by Michael S. Kimmel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got sent a copy of this book because it uses a version of my same-sex marriage map, so when I got it I flipped through to find it and then set it aside. David read through it and liked it a lot, so I decided to give it a read through, and it’s really quite good!

The author’s main points are:
– gender differences are quite exaggerated – there’s much more variability inside a gender than between them. (think of two bell curves with slightly different means, or something like that)
– It sure seems like gender inequality is the cause of (and not a result of!) the differences between genders.

The book can be a bit depressing because people are terrible, but it’s a good look at what gender means, and it opened my eyes into how much society constructs and enforces gender roles. And gender roles make me angry!

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