Essentially Untrue

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rebecca Jordan-Young, sociomedical scientist, assistant professor of Women's Studies at Barnard College, and author of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, disputes theories that sex differences are hard-wired into the brain.


Rebecca Jordan-Young

Comments [9]

g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

Does this scientist's work potentially undermine the justification for repealing the armed forces "don't ask - don't tell" policies?

Sep. 19 2010 01:33 PM
galvo from metrony

i just heard the callers comment about testosterone theraphy. I am 54
i am also on testosterone for a medical condition, caused by medications that raisied my progesterone.
i have been on the injection for once a week for almost 2 years, i have not had any steroid rage or wanted to watch boxing. Still dont care about football or sports that i dont do myself.i do not take risky behaviours, the downer is i can only remember about 5 days in those 2 years that i actually felt good/normal, i still feel exhausted, with a lack of energy.
to top it off i was able to get my progestorone levels down to normal levels.
The positive effects are increased muscle mass, even though i get to the gym less then b4 i was on, i am lucky if i get there once a week. The main positive effect is i am not scared of my shadow and wimpy, plus the morning indicators.
i never was wimpy or balllless b4 the progestorone increase. i am not more aggressive, just back to normal, maybe less aggressive, but that could also be age and experience. i knew about steroids in the 1980's. i dabbled then, for a very short period, 1 cycle of 8 weeks, and i experienced the callers symptoms, i was in 3 or 4 fights in a month. Drove like a maniac.
Maybe it is age? it could also be the slew of meds that are knocking me out.

Sep. 17 2010 11:19 AM
Frederick from Gowanus

Brian -- you need to check your homophobia. The assumption behind your question to the gay caller if extra testosterone caused him to become attracted to women was offensive.
Ira Glass devoted an entire "This American Life" to the subject of testosterone. In one part, they did blood tests of all the men on the TAL staff and found the one with the highest t'stone level was the gay man.

Sep. 17 2010 11:05 AM
andy from manhattan

@Ed: what does the pope's view have to do with gender roles?

stay on topic, please.

Sep. 17 2010 10:59 AM

Ed is on testosterone.

Sep. 17 2010 10:59 AM

I've a history of problems with my pituitary and thyroid functions. (microadenoma and Hastimoto's respectively.) It's only AFTER suffering for years, when I read the impacts on my estrogen levels, that I realize I've always been affected.

Sep. 17 2010 10:59 AM
gaetano catelli from greenpoint, brooklyn

why do 10 times as many males have Asberger Syndrome as females?

Sep. 17 2010 10:58 AM


WNYC chooses to carry the BBC World report every morning. It has covered little other than the pope's visit for the past few days. Why don't you stop looking for a fight and change the station.

Sep. 17 2010 10:53 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Odd that the biggest event this week is the pope's visit to Britain, yet NYC hasn't mentioned it at all.
There was one commentator who took this view, then reported that when she had a boy and a girl, and gave the boy dolls and the girl trucks, the boy would use the doll to fire at things and the girl would wrap up the truck. She changed her view.

Sep. 17 2010 07:59 AM

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