Feminists should celebrate: Finally someone is taking women's health seriously and has done a thorough study of the female brain.Siinäpä naistutkijoille pureksimista, kun asialla eivät ole tällä kertaa "äitiinsä tarrautuneet muka-tieteilijät".
Dr. Brizendine begins by describing the historical failure of scientists to consider women's unique make up, instead assuming that "women were essentially small men, neurologically and in every other sense except for their reproductive functions." The truth is quite different: 99 percent of male and female genetic coding is the same, but the differences that exist have profound effects:
What we've found is that the female brain is so deeply affected by hormones that their influence can be said to create a woman's reality. They can shape a woman's values and desires, and tell her, day to day, what's important. Their presence is felt at every stage of life, right from birth."
Hormone changes that accompany the menstrual cycle can make women more emotional and less rational. The powerful changes that accompany motherhood make women more adapt at some tasks, but less adapt at others.
Dr. Brizendine acknowledges the political sensitivity of these issues: "There are still those who believe that for women to become equal, unisex must be the norm. The biological reality, however, is that there is no unisex brain. The fear of discrimination based on difference runs deep, and for many years assumptions about sex differences went scientifically unexamined for fear that women wouldn't be able to claim equality with men. But pretending that women and men are the same, while doing a disservice to both men and women, ultimately hurts women."
torstaina, syyskuuta 21, 2006
Women and brains: