Lecture 2 10/2/2012 4:18:00 AM
Studies at first! If you reduce testosterone the aggression reduces! Because
men tend to have more of testosterone circulating in the system.
There is an actual complex connection
“circumscribed” mating season usually testosterone is dormant but this
short little time … they become active for that little bit of the season.
Correlative = indirectly related….tendency for things to happen! There is a
“Normal levels of testosterone appear to be a prereqquite for normative
levels of aggressive behavior”
- There seems to be a direct link between t and aggression
with difference cuz it causes segregation – resulting in hierarchy - the “I
am better than yourself”
Page 8 – last para is important!
Aggression causes testosterone levels to increase
Because of the strong science – its hard to convince pop culture
without male support – its hard to bring up a child
There is no maternal instincts – some women and men are just good
Scientists study what they want to see as results from their experiments.
Its variable in every individual
“Permissive effect” pg 9! Know the term
whether you have a lil bit or a lot there is no direct correlation
you need some testosterone for normal behaviour
Monkeys number 3, 4, 5 important
Number 3 is aggressive with 4 & 5 but gentle with 1&2
Exaggerating the aggression that’s already there!
The amygdala and its relation with hypothalamus! (know in depth) This is important!
Nature: biological, innate (born with it), in your genes, within your physical
make up, heredity.
Nurture: Environmental, upbringing, influence
ties into power all for power if its nurture – it is changeable …we can
LEARN POWER CHANGE SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sexuality is malleable --- there is no normal sexuality
Page 12! : Analyzing the social processes that construct the categories we
call “male” and “female”, “women” and “men” and “homosexual” and
“heterosexual” uncovers the ideology and power differentials concealed in
When we deconstruct by what we mean by male and female
what we are trying to do is the power differences the live and make
these categories. it is all really about power! Lecture 2 10/2/2012 4:18:00 AM
People begin to question the religious notion
Evolutionary biology had a huge impact on Western thought on race,
Darwin asked: “how do certain species come to be the way they
“Why is there such an astonishing variety of species in our world”
“why do species differ within the species and yet so similar?”
Hence his theory of natural selection
those considered reproductively fit – will reproduce
and vice versa but even if they reproduce they wont survive. “survival of
Biological deterministic analysis (of body) women’s body rejecting a
male’s sperm based on her social relationship with him.
“Men has the tendency to be aggressive and competitive…”
“Social Darwinianism” darwins idea about science of species in their
natural environment and applying it to differences within the human