Wednesday, April 25
THE GENDER TRAP, Part 1
For the past 20 years we’ve been hearing the claims from pop psychology to neuroscience: men and women, boys and girls, have different brains. The books are plentiful: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, The Female Brain, The Essential Difference. The idea that males and females are hard-wired to learn differently, making them better suited for specific professions, has taken hold.
Yet some neuroscientists and psychologists believe this leads to unhealthy gender stereotyping.
IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell explores the debate.
Thursday, April 26
THE GENDER TRAP, Part 2
In May, 2011, a Toronto family decided not to reveal the sex of their newborn baby. Only nine people in the world know whether baby Storm is a boy or a girl. The parents believe that gender, more than race and class, constricts individual identity. When the story of Storm became public, controversy ensued.
IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell takes up the story and the debate.