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Taking Sex Differences Seriously

Steven Rhoads, Ph.D., University of Virgina

Sex differences are not simply the result of societal expectations and parental influence; they are deeply rooted in our biology and they are consequential. All around the world, when compared to women, men are on average more competitive, assertive, aggressive and interested in casual sex. In contrast, women are everywhere more interested in babies, in nurturing the young and in long conversations exploring feelings, friendships and family. High testosterone levels in males and high oxytocin levels in females help explain these differences. This talk provides the evidence about sex differences and explores their implications for our culture and public policies.

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