Nature vs Nurture?
Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.
Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women’s brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in contrast to men’s brains, where the connections were typically stronger between the front and back regions.
Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, said the greatest surprise was how much the findings supported old stereotypes, with men’s brains apparently wired more for perception and co-ordinated actions, and women’s for social skills and memory, making them better equipped for multitasking.
“If you look at functional studies, the left of the brain is more for logical thinking, the right of the brain is for more intuitive thinking. So if there’s a task that involves doing both of those things, it would seem that women are hardwired to do those better,” Verma said. “Women are better at intuitive thinking. Women are better at remembering things. When you talk, women are more emotionally involved – they will listen more.”
She added: “I was surprised that it matched a lot of the stereotypes that we think we have in our heads.
Male and female brains showed few differences in connectivity up to the age of 13 but became more differentiated in 14- to 17-year-olds.
“It’s quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are,” Ruben Gur, a co-author of the study, said in a statement. “Detailed connectome maps of the brain will not only help us better understand the differences between how men and women think, but it will also give us more insight into the roots of neurological disorders, which are often sex-related.”
For years there has been a huge push to create gender-neutral education and childhood environments. Proponents of such believed that, if we could just cease to raise boys any differently from girls, they would all magically turn into docile, aggression free, social criers who would never think to rape a women.
The story (and its associated mockery of the masculine) has been so accepted in intellectualism that, finally, when decisive proof that:
(a). Men’s and women’s brains are drastically different.
(b). They all start the same and stay that way until sex hormones hit.
(c). Those changes largely fit most of the EVIL stereotypes we have always known are true about men and women the world over.
is released, the gasp of surprise can be heard around the world. (Apparently, some women’s studies courses may need to be rethought…)
And, in the meantime:
Perhaps now we can cease making little boys even angrier by trying to make them into little girls? Maybe we can cease devaluing the men that those little boys need to teach them how to channel that aggressive energy?
And, somehow, can we all finally admit that rape is really a problem of too LITTLE masculinity, too much disempowerment, way too much rage over such and far too little honour FOR and especially IN the men of our world?