Journey through the gender galaxy with Cordelia Fine

Gender differences can’t be lumped into simple categories, such as Martians and Venusians, as pop psychologists would have it, but cover a galaxy of often-shared attributes, says Melbourne Business School Associate Professor Cordelia Fine, this year’s Alan Saunders Memorial Lecturer.
Cordelia teachers Organisational Psychology at MBS and says countering simplistic attitudes to gender has important implications, including for workplaces, where the notion that men and women are hard-wired to think differently can have negative outcomes.

Cordelia was speaking on ABC Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone about the topic of her lecture, The gender galaxy beyond Mars & Venus: Insights for science and society, to be broadcast on RN’s Big Ideas program on 14 July at 8 pm.

Cordelia is also an ARC Future Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and author of several books, including Delusions of Gender. Her talk will bring together the fruits of her many years of research, which exposes gender attitudes to scientific scrutiny.

The annual lecture honours ABC broadcaster and populiser of philosophy Alan Saunders, who died in 2012. It is sponsored by Radio National and the Australasian Association of Philosophy.