I don’t think it should be any different when it comes to discussing sex, especially when it’s in the context of scientific research.
You recently wrote an op-ed for the LA Times called the just came out with a special edition devoted entirely to the topic of sex differences in the brain. And what do you think of the terms “neurosexist” and “neurotrash” which are sometimes used to describe such research?
There is a large and longstanding body of research — thousands of studies — showing the effects of prenatal testosterone on masculinizing the brain, not to mention all of the other ways research has shown that men and women differ: brain structure, cognitive function, functional activation, personality, etc.
Sex differences have nothing to do with gender equality.
James Cantor at the University of Toronto, who is a world expert in the brain imaging of pedophilia.
I remember opening up a textbook during my first neuroscience course as an undergraduate student, seeing images from an f MRI study, and thinking it was incredible. Tell us more about your specific research area — what do neuroscientists look at when looking at paraphilias?
Another study used higher-resolution neuroimaging data and was able to tell with 93% accuracy.
But these studies didn’t receive the amount of publicity the first study did.I think the subtitle of the special edition says it all: Acknowledging sex differences in neuroscience is “An Issue Whose Time Has Come.” The topic of sex differences in the brain is extremely important, as is the corresponding research, because they have important implications for our health and wellbeing.The denial of these differences, and thereby science, is harmful and damaging.I understand where people are coming from in that they fear these differences will be used to justify female oppression.But instead of distorting science, we should be challenging why female-typical traits are seen as inferior and undesirable in the first place.By understanding “typical” sexuality, we are better able to understand atypical interests and behaviours, and vice versa.