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A Feminist Biologist Discusses Gender Differences In The Animal Kingdom

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I think this is a perfectly reasonable question, and it’s something I’ve spent a good part of my career mulling over.

In basically all animal species, males and females do tend to behave in distinct ways, and these distinctions are largely presumed to be biologically hardwired rather than resulting from acculturation — a presumption that is itself fairly safe because most animals don’t have complex cultures.

Both tend to dismiss conflicting evidence from biology and anthropology as expressions of confirmation bias from the patriarchy.

The neurological similarity of human males and females is a recently-evolved feature.

Human males engage in much more substantial nurturing behavior toward the young than any of our near relatives [11].

They are also overwhelmingly responsible for the dangerous, exhausting, and unpleasant physical work that confers little money and less status [13].

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