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Today on Brainstorms is the long-awaited “brain battle of the sexes.” We discuss how men and women differ cognitively, emotionally, and sexually, especially during the adolescent years. How different are we, really? Fun facts include the number of words spoken per minute by each gender, statistics about hook-up culture, and the reason why so many more boys are diagnosed with autism.
Further reading on this topic is infinite, but here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Some fascinating myth-busting work about men vs. women in STEM fields can be found in this article from PBS Newshour. Turns out, there might be some biological reasoning for the discrepancy after all.
- Here’s a short and sweet piece on the “empathy gap” between men and women from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Program. Why is it that women seem to feel more of another’s pain? Find out right here.
- I spoke about how humans are not very sexually dimorphic compared to other species- that is, male and female humans are pretty similar. Here’s a fun, picture-filled article that shows some exampled of dramatic sexual dimorphism in different animal species, from the peafowl (peacocks are only the males!) and a variety of other species.
Here are the sources for this episode:
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine