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Brains on Sex

chicago dyke's picture

I found this interesting. I don't have an opinion about the validity, but for what it's worth she doesn't sound like a winger.

"Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road," she writes. Men, however, "have O'Hare Airport as a hub for processing thoughts about sex, where women have the airfield nearby that lands small and private planes."

Research shows that the female brain naturally releases oxytocin after a 20-second hug. The embrace bonds the huggers and triggers the brain's trust circuits. So Brizendine advises, don't let a guy hug you unless you plan to trust him.

"And if you do," she said, "make sure it lasts 20 seconds."

Head cases
A few neurological differences between women and men from Louann Brizendine's "The Female Brain":

Thoughts about sex enter women's brains once every couple of days; for men, thoughts about sex occur every minute.

Women use 20,000 words per day; men use 7,000 per day.

Women excel at knowing what people are feeling; men have difficulty spotting an emotion unless someone cries or threatens bodily harm.

Women remember fights that a man insists never happened.

Women over 50 are more likely to initiate divorce.

I had a similar experience to hers when I was a science student, and made the mistake of asking an old, male prof why a study was considered valid if it didn't include a sample of women. A lot has changed for the better since then, and I'm not afraid of (serious, scientific) research into the differences between the genders/sexes.

But frankly, I have a hard time believing I'm in a minority of women; I think about sex all the time.

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