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So my dad was telling me about this book he read by a female psychologist, on how women's brains are structurally different from men's with the result that they are naturally more perceptive in social situations and towards other people's feelings. Basically this is an argument explaining why men appear to be less sensitive to people's feelings/needs, in general. I typically have ample suspicions of anything "scientific" that excuses undesirable behaviors in a dominant population, but I'd like to hear other people's take on this issue now. Thoughts?
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it is true but not necisarily in all cases. for example they did a study about the effects of alchohal and horniness. It showed then when men consumed a bit of alchohal their hornyness level went up but if they consumed an extreme amount they would have problems "getting it up" they did the same experiement with women and found that alchohal did not increase horniness in women and they are currently doing more studies to try to find out why. I am a woman and personally i do get more horny after consuming alchohal. These tests are for the majority not exclusive
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I think that male or female, people's brains just function differently. I don't see how that excuses "typical" male or "typical" female behavior. I know plenty of woman that couldn't care less about your feelings, and a few men that actually do.

It just depends on the person. Some people fake apathy becasue society has said that that is what they are supposed to do, or vis versa. Really, it all depends, and maybe I'm wrong, but I don't believe that any amount of scientific studies can excuse asinine behavior. No offense.

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Just to clarify, the study was not saying whether or not men /did/ care about people's feelings, the study was saying man have a naturally more difficult time /reading/ people's feelings, and /that/ is supposedly what results in men acting less sensitively in social situations and with partners.
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hunnybunny888, perhaps you get horny because your inhibitions are lowered?

iheartdc, I have indeed heard of this study. While I don't doubt that men and women probably have structurally different brains, I also think that is in part due to socialization. There was some study (I hate that I can never remember where or when I read/heard about them) which used monkeys. Basically what happened is they taught some monkeys to do manual things only with their right hand, their left hand, or both hands. After tons of repetition and longitudinal brain scans, they found the the part of the brain which corresponded to the the left or right hand actually grew on the monkeys who did everything with either their left hand or their right hand. Sooooooo...in a long long shot, I suppose I am implying that perhaps a reason the brains of men and women are structurally different is because they are taught different roles in society. After enough repetition, perhaps, parts grow in the women which aren't pronounced in the men or parts grow in the men which aren't pronounced in the women. I believe according to brain scans, gay male brains were different from straight mens brains, but I don't believe lesbians and straight women's brains were different.

Anyway, I just thought that up. *shrug*

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quote:
Originally posted by iheartdc:
I typically have ample suspicions of anything "scientific" that excuses undesirable behaviors in a dominant population, but I'd like to hear other people's take on this issue now. Thoughts?

Don't think of it as "excusing" the behavior. Think of it as knowing your enemy. If we ignore the evidence surrounding an undesirable behavior, how are we to conquer it? If something has an instinctual basis, odds are very unlikely that it can be dealt with if you're trying to deal with if it's not.

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Often times what was once accepted as "science" is now considered wrong. Scientific knowledge changes a lot, and don't think for a minute that cultural beliefs don't influence how studies are designed/interpreted. Also FYI, scientific studies do not /prove/ anything, but rather they seek to gather evidence supporting or casting doubt on a hypothesis.

I'm not saying it's not possible for things to have an instinctual basis, but rather I'd like a lot more possibilities ruled out first. For instance, in East Africa it's very important for people from the time they're little to show social grace, and /that/, as opposed to any kinds of abstract, academic achievements, is what is considered "intelligence". Therefore, I would like to know if also in those cultures men are generally considered to be "more socially adept". Don't you think that's a good question?

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