Thursday, February 19, 2009

In a manner of speaking

Forgive the crudeness, but this was on cnn...
New research shows that, in men, the brain areas associated with handling tools and the intention to perform actions light up when viewing images of women in bikinis.

That's either very scientific or very well known, depending on the way you'd like to read it.

This rather odd article about research led by a woman was written by a woman.

The research seems to let men off the hook on one hand by saying "the way that men may depersonalize sexual images of women is not entirely something they control. In fact, it's a byproduct of human evolution, experts say. The first male humans had an incentive to seek fertile women as the means of spreading their genes."

But that makes us more the unthinking gorilla-type.

The article doesn't let woman off the hook, either. It reinforces the "gold digger" stereotype near the end, saying; "Evolutionary psychology would theorize that men view women as objects in terms of their youth and apparent fertility, while women might view men as instrumental in terms of their status and resources, Fiske said."

I am smart enough to end this post rather than offer any further opinion.

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