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Testosterone Means Boys Will Be Boys?

Men and women are from Earth, it turns out.

Men and women are from Earth, it turns out.

Goodbye, beliefs in sex differences disguised as evolutionary facts. Welcome the dragon slayer.

So declares Uta Frith, professor of cognitive development at University College London.

That dragon slayer emerges in the form of Cordelia Fine, a University of Melbourne associate professor specializing in the sociology of science.

Prof. Fine uses iconoclastic wit to examine the widespread belief that testosterone means boys will be boys, while the lack of it means girls will be girls in her new book, Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society.

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Male Monkeys May Be More Nurturing

Nurturing monkey.

Nurturing monkey.

Women are more nurturing?

They may be. But culture—not biology — may well be the cause.

Might our primate cousins shed some light on this nature-nurture debate?

When it comes to primates, which sex is more nurturing depends on culture, not hormones says University of Toronto anthropologist Frances Burton: hormones are the same throughout the species yet there is no universal pattern to how different tasks are divided, including infant care.

Males may intimately nurture infants. Or they may be hands-off, doing little to no parenting. It depends on the troop.  Read the rest of this entry

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