2.04.2006

on our way to the balanced unisex brain

ah i'm not a lesbian, but my brain is slightly more 'male' than the average 'female' brain, according to the empathising-systemising (E-S) theory (2003):

A key feature of this theory is that your sex cannot tell you which type of brain you have. Not all men have the male brain, and not all women have the female brain. The central claim of this new theory is only that on average, more males than females have a brain of type S, and more females than males have a brain of type E.

Should a theory like this be a cause of concern? Some people may worry that this is suggesting one sex is better than the other, but a moment's reflection should allay this fear. The theory is saying that, on average, males and females differ in what they are drawn to and what they find easy, but that both sexes have their strengths and their weaknesses. Neither sex is superior overall. Others may worry that a theory like this stereotypes the sexes. But we need to distinguish stereotyping from the study of sex differences. The study simply looks at males and females as two groups, and asks why on average, differences are seen. There is no harm in that, and even some important scientific advances that can come out of it. Stereotyping, on the other hand, is when a characteristic of a group is assumed to apply to an individual, and this is potentially discriminating and harmful. The E-S theory does not stereotype. Rather, it seeks to explain why individuals are typical or atypical for their sex.

here are my scores:

EQ 41: 33-52 = You have an average ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately. You know how to treat people with care and sensitivity. Most women score about 47 and most men about 42.

SQ 33: 20-39 = You have an average ability for analysing and exploring a system. Systemizing is the drive to analyse and explore a system to extract underlying rules that govern the behaviour of a system and the drive to construct systems. On average women score about 24 and men score about 30.

get yours here. 60 questions each test.

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