Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

Version: Unabridged
Author: Leonard Sax, MD, PhD
Narrator: Raymond Todd
Genres: Marriage & Family, Social Science
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 50 minutes
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It has long been assumed that the difference between the behavior and attitudes of boys and girls can be traced to the way they are treated by parents, teachers, and friends. But an avalanche of recent research has made it clear that gender differences are a biological reality and that they play a significant role in the development of personality traits and intellectual and social skills.

In Why Gender Matters, Dr. Leonard Sax explains in clear, accessible language how the brains of boys and girls differ and shows parents why recognizing these differences is an important step in raising happier, healthier children. Addressing a wide range of issues, including discipline, learning, risk-taking, aggression, sex, and drugs, Sax discusses the impact of hardwired biological factors on kids' reactions to parental questions, opinions, and advice. Parents of preteens and teenagers will appreciate his straightforward guidelines for using a gender-appropriate approach in counseling children about such highly charged matters as drug use and sexual activity. His argument in favor of single-sex education, based on studies showing that creating separate classrooms for boys and girls yields enormous educational, social, and interpersonal benefits, is bound to provoke lively debate about one of the most controversial issues in education today.

Why Gender Matters encourages parents to take advantage of the latest information about gender differences without embracing old-fashioned, limiting stereotypes. Integrating theory and solid how-to advice, it is vital reading for all parents, regardless of their child's age or gender.

Author Details

Author Details

Sax, MD, PhD, Leonard

Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, is a family physician, research psychologist, and acclaimed author of "Why Gender Matters". He is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education in Montgomery County, Maryland (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a wide variety of prestigious journals, including "American Psychologist", "Behavioral Neuroscience", and "Journal of the American Medical Association". He lives in Exton, Pennsylvania.