Why it’s time for scientists to ditch the ‘Venus and Mars’ cliche

Reports trumpeting basic differences between male and female brains are biological determinism at its most trivial, says the science writer of the year.

By Robin McKie, science editor, in The Observer, Saturday 7 December 2013 19.00 GMT.

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There is little evidence to suggest differences between male and female brains are caused by anything other than cultural factors. Photograph: Alamy
‘As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks’ favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational and better at map-reading than women, who are emotional, empathetic multi-taskers, useless at telling jokes…’
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