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WSG 261 – Week 2 – Lecture 1 st I. – examples of why 21 century may be “maybe century of biology.” a. Sex/gender & ‘the animals’ – March of the penguins was taken to make inference of what we can learn from animals. Another one “if animals it must be natural, so it must be okay for us as a biological species to do it too.” If no animals do it then belong to s when male voles copulate VPA(?) released which makes them ...(article star?) o  article asks could fidelity drug be given to human cheaters? Is human sexuality based on a chemical behaviour? b. Brain sex – Neurosexisim new term come into existence  Article in readings “blame brain...”  “Difference is in our brains.”  Tiny empirical date from around 20 people taken to make generalizations  Suggested aspects of brains overtake human logic/thoughtfulness and determine human behaviour  Study of male aggression compared to reptilian brain c. Ambition – 2005, time magazine had article on secrets of ambition, talked about why men are usually in high authority positions, they stated the following “are there individuals or whole groups where ambition is simply lower? Do women really have the meat-eating temperament to survive in the professional world?” appeal to various sciences say following, “primate-wide males more directly competitive then females but that makes sense, but that does not mean female not competitive as well. Men built to go for quick competitive reproductive hit, women built for ‘it takes a village’ idea.”
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