About the talk
We know the difference between girls and boys, don’t we?
Well, kind of. When Jane McCredie started exploring the science of sex and gender, she quickly discovered how blurry the distinctions between the sexes could be.
Did you know, for example, that sporting authorities have been unable to come up with a clear definition of what makes somebody a woman? Or that transsexual people typically know they are in the wrong body from toddlerhood? Or that as many as one in 50 children may be born with some degree of anatomical or genetic ambiguity in their sexual make-up?
Journey with acclaimed author Jane McCredie through the science of sex and challenge everything you thought you knew about gender.
About the speaker
Jane McCredie is an award-winning Sydney journalist, writer and science publisher. The former news and features editor at Australia's leading magazine for doctors, she has contributed to publications including the British Medical Journal, The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC online. Jane has a long-standing interest in psychology and holds a Master of Arts in psychosocial studies from the University of Melbourne.
When Jane set out to investigate what science can tell us about the nature of men and women, she found herself investigating fields as diverse as neuroscience, evolutionary biology and anthropology, as well as interviewing people with very different experiences of gender from her own. Her book, Making Girls and Boys: Inside the Science of Sex is the result.
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