Found 2 comments on HN
Ixiaus · 2012-05-12 · Original thread
The problem though, is empathy is going to be really hard for men -> women or women -> men; both sexes are remarkably different culturally.

What you see is a large number of socially awkward and inept people flocking to industries where being socially tact is less valued over intellectual prowess. Women have always been more socially tactful than men - it's how our society is set up, women are treated as a valued commodity.

If you want a "close" approximation of figuring out what it's like to be the other gender in a "x dominated field", you should go the route of the author of this book:

She did a remarkable job of actually experiencing what being a man in our society is like. I would be very interested if someone of the male sex were to do something similar and write a book about it, this article doesn't cut it IMHO.

neilk · 2011-11-22 · Original thread
Self-Made Man is a tale similar to Black Like Me, where it was a writer's experiment, rather than a transgender exercise.

There are also a lot of interesting works by transgender people, but the perspective there is different, since they usually report that they never felt comfortable in their birth gender.

Get dozens of book recommendations delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday.