Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Oh, those wonderful males

“The challenge is not just to understand how we develop as women or men, but to also comprehend why the male population encompasses the warrior, the poet, the scientist and wonderful blends of these extremes.”

Oh, okay - so no need, then, to comprehend more about the female population, since (setting aside Helen Clark, I guess) all it encompasses is the housewife, the callgirl, the nurse/teacher/secretary, and distinctly unwonderful blends of these dull norms?

(Quote from Associate Professor Ian McLennan of Otago University, co-author with Dr Kyoko Koishi of a study which found that male mice lacking a hormone called Müllerian Inhibiting Substance (MIS) show subtle changes in their brain anatomy, and behave in ways more akin to female mouse behaviour. I wonder if they get food and water for the other less defective male mice...)

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