Ooh fantastic. I notice Simon Baron-Cohen and Cordelia have exchanged messages published in the letters section of the BPS magazine, has he been in touch otherwise? Do you think you gave his studies/theories an unfair rap?
Hi Dr Fine. I do a lot of work in sport and struggle with being a feminist in what is a very patriarchal environment.
Why do you think that competitiveness in women is viewed with more distaste than in men to the point that (certainly in my experience in male-dominated sports) it is ridiculed that women are even as competitive as men?
And following one: At the moment it is generally believed that men have around 10% more physical strength than women (if you look at competitive sports and the respective records for men and women). Have you (or anyone that you know) ever explored whether this is indeed the case or whether this is possibly another "glass ceiling" for women? What I am getting at is whether you think physical strength differences are really as large as men like to make them or whether social conditioning makes it larger than it should be - even in the world of competitive sport where performance is everything?
Hope that makes sense! And can I just say thank you very much for writing your book. I always felt when I was younger that there were very little differences between men and women but gradually had that notion bashed out of me (metaphorically). So it was with great relief that I now realise my original thoughts have plenty of credence!
Just wanted to say how much I loved your book. I found it enormously cheering, and had to resist the urge to press it upon everybody I know! Now for my question:
As a fellow academic, I was struck by how well you write, and how funny you are. How easy did you find it to cast off your scientific writing style? And have you got any tips for other academics trying to write books which are actually fun to read?