Book Corner: “The Age of Scientific Sexism”

Title: The Age of Scientific Sexism: How Evolutionary Psychology Promotes Gender Profiling and Fans the Battle of the Sexes
Author(s): Mari Ruti
Pages: 308
Year: 2015
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AgeOf-lqI have long been fascinated by the supposedly “scientific” arguments against feminism. People get so wrapped up in what they believe is the “scientific truth” of the sexes. In starting this book, I had fond memories of reading Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine, an excellent book that I may reread and review here. However, where that book mostly analyzed the studies that modern misogynists use, Mari Ruti’s The Age of Scientific sexism focuses on contemporary, supposedly “scientific” analyses.

While still a comfortable read, this book is decidedly more academic than some of the other books I have reviewed. Ruti explores some of the most well-known academics who write about supposed gender differences under the banner of “evolutionary psychology,” and makes a compelling case against their conclusions.

This is a dense read, and I’m not sure I would have picked it up if a book club I’m part of did not select it. However, after finishing, I am quite glad that I did. The work presented here illuminates much of the pseudo-science used by the alt-right to justify repressive views of women. This is a must read for people interested in the subject.