Guardian reports (yawn) men & women “wired differently”

Scientists looked at less than 1000 brains to arrive at that planet-shattering conclusion.

Strenuous objections to the tired old “wired” trope aside, I wonder if anyone took into account how these people were raised and what wider culture/s they grew up in. As the brain is highly plastic, especially in childhood, it would stand to reason that attitudes, skills etc that are commonly reinforced and employed would leave their mark, quite literally, on the infrastructure. If the subjects of this analysis were mostly typical examples of a single, broad cultural group it would be no surprise at all to see both men and women internalise common stereotypes about both genders, both positive and negative, live accordingly and have their neurology subsequently affected.

There may of course be fundamental differences in our neurology but small studies and simplistic conclusions like “better suited for multitasking/assembling Ikea” barely scratch the surface. Deeper and broader-ranging studies are warranted; this kind of sciencey soundbite does little more than perpetuate the bullshit “Mars/Venus” dichotomy so many people still subscribe to (amply demonstrated by the comment thread at the original FB post).


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