This blog post is a book review of 'Inferior' by Angela Saini- this post was requested by readers a long time ago, so apologies for the delay! Having seen a lot of buzz around this book on twitter I was intrigued to check it out myself. I picked up the book in Waterstones and finished it in 2 days, which for me, is a record.
It has been long debated whether there are actually fundamental differences between females and males. For the most part, society tells us that women are more emotional, and usually men are better at maths, and even perhaps more intelligent in general. Page by page 'Inferior' explores the science underpinning these so called differences and examines whether the conclusions drawn by these studies are valid. 'Inferior' is insightful and actually gives references for the points being discussed, which is a huge plus. Angela Saini, presents the basic science, without societal bias, and enables people to come to their own conclusions.
For me this book was revolutionary, I have always thought of myself to be unaffected by gender stereotypes, but this book challenged my views. I found myself questioning whether I had fallen victim to societal stereotypes dictating what women should like, or whether my interests are genuinely my interests.
Bravo to Angela Saini-- I salute this book and also you for tackling these issues on a broad scale. And for also reminding me to question everything. In my opinion, this book is vital for young women and men alike.