Book Review of Delusions of Gender
Cordelia Fine’s speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Pre-Reading Questions


eviscerate | regular verb
mince no words | set expression
temper | regular verb
attribute | regular verb, noun - note stress shift
propose | note how the verb is used
prime, priming | regular verb, noun

Main Activity

Read the book review in order to understand the argument that Fine is making and how she supports this argument. Don’t get bogged down in the scientific vocabulary.


  1. What is neurosexism as defined by Dr. Fine?
  2. What is priming and what role does it play in gender / sex identity within a culture?
  3. What can and should we change based on Fine’s research?
  4. What are possible problems with Fine’s narrative?