The Science Of The Sexes Essay

1097 words - 4 pages

Schopenhauer, the German pessimist philosopher, wrote in 1851 that only a man overcome by his sexual impulses could have given the name of the fair sex "to that undersized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped and short-legged race."

Despite the many differences between the sexes, from average weight and height to body fat, there has been an assumption that these are only skin deep and that intellect is essentially the same.

The recent publications of the latest in a growing body of research demonstrate that our brains are different too and fuel the fear that science may provide an antidote to demands for women's emancipation: if male dominance is all the nature's fault, then patriarchy is inevitable.

Feminist can, however, breathe a sign of relief at the new findings, which provide the first evidence from measurements of electrical activity that the brain of a woman can work faster than that of a man.

Manfred Fahle, of the University Eye Clinic in Tubingen, Germany, measured the activity by attaching electrodes to the scalp. When the subjects were asked to categorize letters, the resulting activity was significantly faster in women.

"In these instances, the women seem to perform faster, and their brain potentials have a higher frequency," he told me. Importantly, this difference does not occur for all tasks. When the subjects were asked to search for a shape among various objects, he found brain activity was the same.

Scientists have understood the underlying cause of the difference for some time. In 1990, two British teams found the difference between the sexes was triggered by a scarp of genetic material. The men who led the research - Robin Lovell Badge, of the Medical Research Council, and Peter Goodfellow, now at Cambridge University - were rewarded with an important gong, the 1995 Louis Jeanet Prize for Medicine.

Residing on the male Y chromosome, the gene switches on a cascade of genes that make testicles. These in turn bathe the body in testosterone. "Many of the differences in male and female rodent behaviour are testosterone - derived, "said Prof Goodfellow.

"If you give a female rat a short burst of testosterone shortly after birth you end up with a female that demonstrates male behaviour. But there is a lot of argument about whether a similar thing occurs in humans."

Five years ago, Anne Moir and David Jessel claimed in the book BrainSex that to believe the sexes are the same is to "build a society based on a biological and scientific lie." There are indeed many documented differences between the sexes in humans, rats and guinea pigs. However, the best known are in deep regions that control sexual behaviour, a find that is hardly surprising.

It was only last year that scientists announced they had found differences in the thin rind on the surface of the brain responsible for higher intellectual abilities. Sandra Witelson, of McMaster University, told the US Society of Neuroscience that women had 11 percent...

Find Another Essay On The Science of the Sexes

The Five Sexes Essay

2201 words - 9 pages In the article “The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough”, Anne Fausto-Sterling makes some very compelling points. One of her main points is that the western worlds binary system of sex is to constraining and proposes that instead our system should be increase to five, or possible more, sexes. This paper will explain the premises of her argument and important terms. This will be followed by a counterargument as to why three sexes are

Equality Beetween The Sexes Essay

480 words - 2 pages . Hillary Clinton she exerted her power through her husband and many believe that she was the brains behind the man, I mean a man that thinks he can lie to a nation, full of phycologist's and things cant possibly have had the brain power to govern a nation alone.Many would think that maybe now in this day and age we do have equality between the sexes. But just look at how many things there are that point to the fact that we are far from it. Women

Battle Between the Sexes

2297 words - 10 pages Battle between the Sexes Thomas Jefferson and the country’s founding fathers played a pivotal role in paving the way to achieve the opportunity of freedom for Americans when creating the Declaration of Independence. The constant issues of unfair treatment from King George III and his tyranny ultimately led the American colonies to harbor anger and tried to strive for a better life. In the 1700’s, King George III extended his tyrannical control

Dictating the Sexes

1004 words - 5 pages allows people to be more open than in previous ones. There is also more acceptance towards transgendered individuals for the coming years. I propose that we eliminate gender stereotypes, and help homosexual and transgendered individuals. Many arguments state that because someone is born either a boy or a girl, regardless of how much they physically change about themselves they will be the same birth orientation because of their specialized genetic

The Oresteia - The War-of the-Sexes in Eumenides

2168 words - 9 pages The War-of the-Sexes in Eumenides   In this essay I will examine the war-of the-sexes taking place in The Eumenides, the final play of The Oresteia. The plot of The Eumenides pits Orestes and Apollo (representing the male gods and, to a certain extent, male values in general) against the ghost of Clytemnestra and the Furies (equally representative of female values.) Of more vital importance, however, is whether Athene sides with the males

Changing Gender Roles - The Battle of the Sexes Continues

3388 words - 14 pages It is the war of all wars. It’s lasted longer than all the ancient wars, the world wars, and the civil wars of all nations put together. The battle lines have been clearly drawn and the two sides have never rested while on the battlefield. It is the famed “battle of the sexes” and it is anything but resolved. The war has been happening for a long time, but now it seems to have hit a point where the world wonders what to do now. This is due

The Battle of The Sexes: Billy Riggs v. Bobby King

810 words - 4 pages Alexander Lui 4/7/2014 Professor Linantud POLS 4399 Issue Brief Topic: Billy Riggs v. Bobby King On September 20, 1973 Billie Jean King went against Bobby Riggs in an event known to most people as the “Battle of the Sexes” Riggs was known to be very cocky and called King out by saying “ “the best way to handle women is to keep them pregnant and barefoot.” To many peoples surprise King beat Billie in this tennis match with a score of 6-4, 6-3

Men vs Women: The Battle of the Sexes

999 words - 4 pages Since ancient times women have been ranked lower than men. Historical events, physical characteristics, and work ethics put women below men. In modern day, injustices between the two sexes also exist. Between men and women in present day society, women tend to get less perks. Historical events place women below men in many ways. According to Feminism is for Everybody, “Christian culture [made] masses of people continue to believe that God has

The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

1402 words - 6 pages The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles 'Well, women are used to worrying over trifles,' (Glaspell 957) remarks crime scene eyewitness Mr. Hale in Susan Glaspell's short play Trifles. As this quotation blatantly demonstrates, literature has had a lengthy history of gender bias, both in terms of adequate representation of women as authors and as formidable, strong characters. In this reference to his and the sheriff's

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Battle of the Sexes

823 words - 4 pages ” in the battle of the sexes. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream we see Titania, Hermia and Helena aggressively pursue their lovers and win their hearts. Gender also had an effect on the performance of the play since women were banned from being on the stage. In his book, Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England, Stephen Orgel, a professor at Stamford University explains that “The appearance of women on stage was

The Battle of the Sexes Continue in The Revolt Of Mother

1600 words - 6 pages The Battle of the Sexes Continue in The Revolt Of Mother     "Unsolicited opportunities are the guide-posts of the Lord to the new roads of life." This quote from Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's "The Revolt Of 'Mother"' exemplifies the independent and rebellious spirit of the main character, Sarah Penn. Because Sarah Penn's behavior is unorthodox for a woman of the nineteenth century, the author constantly compared her to similar historical

Similar Essays

Equality Of The Sexes Essay

3063 words - 12 pages Equality of the Sexes What is the real difference between men and women? Is sex merely an anatomical difference, or are gender roles based on actual mental and emotional differences? Regardless of whether gender roles are socially constructed or naturally inherent, they exist and have since Adam and Eve.      The history of gender roles has been long and varied, frequently switching from near equality of the sexes to complete inequality

Battle Of The Sexes Essay

814 words - 4 pages The retrenchment of African American women’s freedom was arguably one of the most polarizing events of the 1880s that caused moral and ethical dissent between black men and women. The lack of leadership roles given to women in various religious, and political groups, led to the creation of the Black Women's (convention) Club Movement. With men in control of the religious sphere, the convention allowed women to attempt to do a better job than the

The Battle Of The Sexes Essay

1163 words - 5 pages for men and women to break because of fear. Females tend to play the average obedient housewife, while males play the role of hard workers who pays the bills in the family. When people search an idealistic couple, society expects to see those roles take place in their partners. For it is odd for one to marry a man, to not be the breadwinner instead of the female. Therefore, men and women from birth live divided by colors, toys, clothes, and all

Dictating The Sexes Removal Of Gender Roles

1094 words - 4 pages allows people to be more open than in previous ones. There is also more acceptance towards transgendered individuals for the coming years. I propose that we eliminate gender stereotypes, and help homosexuals, transgendered individuals, and even heterosexual children, so that others can see why gender stereotypes are wrong. Many arguments state that because someone is born either a boy or a girl, regardless of how much they physically change about
IMDb: 9 S1E22 Reply 1994 | Toon List | Watch movie