Posted on 2017/08/03 , tagged as cordelia fine, popular science, royal society prize, testosterone rex

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Cordelia Fine’s Testosterone Rex is one of 6 publications shortlisted for this year’s Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize!

Testosterone Rex is a debunking rumble that ought to inspire a roar.’
The Guardian

Testosterone Rex is the powerful myth that squashes hopes of sex equality by telling us that men and women have evolved different natures. Fixed in an ancestral past that rewarded competitive men and caring women, these differences are supposedly re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains.

Testosterone, so we’re told, is the very essence of masculinity, and biological sex is a fundamental force in our development. Not so, says psychologist Cordelia Fine, who shows, with wit and panache, that sex doesn’t create male and female natures. Instead, sex, hormones, culture and evolution work together in ways that make past and present gender dynamics only a serving suggestion for the future – not a recipe. It brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old ‘nature versus nurture’ debates, and to explain why it’s time to unmake the tyrannical myth of Testosterone Rex.

“I am absolutely delighted to be included on the shortlist of this prestigious prize.” – Cordelia Fine

Praise for Testosterone Rex:

‘The expression “essential reading for everyone” is usually untrue as well as a cliché, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.’
Financial Times

‘Fine takes on this king of all biases with admirable vigor, and it’s a pleasure — albeit a strenuous one — to follow the action as she dismembers the beast.’
New York Times

‘Ms Fine’s is a provocative and often fascinating book.’

‘Fine leavens the hard science with personal anecdote, and her entertaining and thoughtful book is a valuable addition to the discussion about gender.’
Ian Critchley, The Sunday Times

‘Testosterone Rex is a debunking rumble that ought to inspire a roar.’
The Guardian

‘A fascinating, greatly contemplative discussion of sex and gender and the embedded societal expectations of both.’
Kirkus Reviews

The winner will be announced 19th September and Cordelia is available for comment and interview.

Press Contact: Ruth Killick 07880703741 / publicity@ruthkillick.co.uk