In Mapreaders and Multitaskers, Gavin Evans argues that male and female minds do
not emerge from different planets, and that our emotional and intellectual capacities
are moulded more by culture than biology.
A great many of the supposedly innate gender differences between men and women have
been invented or exaggerated by evolutionary psychologists and self-help authors.
Evans offers fresh insight on gender roles through proposing unconventionally wide
and flexible definitions of what it is to be masculine and feminine, from a firm
This book challenges ideas rooted in conventional wisdom, including the idea that
'male brains' are fundamentally different from 'female brains'; that men have evolved
to be inherently more promiscuous than women; that women have evolved to spend more
time in front of the mirror; that there are more male geniuses and more idiots, that
maternal instinct is 'hard-wired', and that men are better at mapreading and women