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Talk: Brain Storm - The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM
- 01:00 PM

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center, Room T-123

Cost: free

Web: http://www.healthequity.sfsu.edu/

Sponsor: Health Equity Institute, CRGS, Sexuality Studies

Contact: Health Equity Institute

Phone: 415-338-6209

Book talk by Rebecca Jordan-Young, a sociomedical scientist who studies biological and psychological research on sex, gender, and sexuality, and teaches science and technology studies in the Women's Studies Department at Barnard College. Female brains, male brains, pink and blue brains. A familiar story about hormones coursing through the brain before birth is used to explain everything from sexual orientation to gender identity, to why there aren't more women physicists or more stay-at-home dads. But it turns out that this theory doesn't fit well with the evidence, and is out of sync with current thinking in biology. Bodies matter, but not in a simplistic "Mars vs. Venus" way.

 

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