Are You From Mars Or Venus?

The BBC is running a new show in the UK called The Secrets of the Sexes.

As we all know, men and women are from Mars and Venus, respectively. Each sex has its mental strengths and weaknesses. And just to complicate matters, some women have more male-like brains, and vice versa. Why, exactly? The theories include birth order, left- or right-handedness, and testosterone levels in the mother’s womb.

To accompany the series they created a sex i.d. test that’s pretty interesting.

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0 Responses to Are You From Mars Or Venus?

  1. Well, that was interesting. I’m from Menus. Or Vars. I’m so confused!!!! How in the H.E. double hockey sticks did I score exactly in the middle. Thanks for giving me something other than the election and the economy to worry about Jon.

  2. museincognito says:

    Very Venusian with a high penchant for engineering and science and such.

    Slightly ambidextrous, but, as per the whole hand-folding thing, the left brain wins out. I would have guessed the opposite.

  3. Rachel says:

    Jon, this is just a bit of fun.

    But it really is junk science. The BBC should be ashamed of itself for continuing to give Moir and Jessup’s work any airtime at all. Their entire body of “research” into so-called brainsex is accompanied by nothing more than a series of assertions and platitudes.

    There is some evidence for the assertion that men’s and women’s brains are different in structure, and that there is a lot of medical evidence that suggests the influence of the sex hormones on the brain is strong indeed. But there is no evidence whatsoever that any of the cultural or social issues that Moir and Jessup use as the basis for their argument have any basis in science whatsoever.

    Of course they seem like they should mean something. And yes, it is a bit of fun.

    Do the test again and deliberately provide nonsense answers to some of the questions, and then see how it skews your results. See, women really are worse at spatial tests! 😉

    That first test – with the alignment of lines – is a dead giveaway.

    As a woman who is indeed poor at directions and gave up studying architecture because she couldn’t accurately work with three dimensions in her mind’s eye, I would like to believe this is a universal characteristic among my sex. But really, it’s just folk wisdom. There are lots and lots of women with great spatial recognition. They’re not more masculine as a result.

    The human mind is a strange and mysterious thing, and I tend to believe that the human male is stranger and more mysterious. But I have no peer-reviewed studies to support this. :)

    As Evelyn Waugh once said “Instead of this absurd division into sexes, they ought to class people as static and dynamic.”

  4. zestypete says:

    Or, to paraphrase Bucky Fuller, I’m a verb, not a noun.

  5. Dan says:

    (Looking in bag)

    I got a rock.

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