The quintessential theme of this book is probably that gender per se doesn't lead to any differences mentally, intellectually, intelligently etc., and any apparent differences are likely due to the environmental and social influences. I've found the content to be quite repetitive. When I was a graduate student learning about the Higgs mechanism in elementary particle physics, I felt that I was convinced that I had finally understood after having listened to the same stuff in many occassions such as lectures, seminars, summer schools and workshops. Here I felt that I understood the main message almost at the first time.
The discussion about "neurosexism" is interesting. It at least has convinced me that we shouldn't be fooled by the present fMRI or PET technologies and assumed that the responses shown in these machines could actually provide a one-to-one mapping of a brain region to a particular function. The author has tried very hard to convince us that the brain was still too complicated for the present science and technologies to disentangle comprehensively. The undeniable impression has to be that the author has tried to challenge or (putting it more bluntly) destroy every research result which claimed that a phenomenon is due to innate gender difference. The reader feels this quite strongly because the author wouldn't try to challenge any research result which says that gender leads to no difference in social behavior etc. Another thing that I've learnt is that (putting it in my poor words): if you think you're not good at something, you'll very likely not to be good at something; but if you imagine yourself as somebody who is good at something, you may really be good at it....Continua