That Funny Female Brain
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Protect us from meta-studies (The kind of science that brought us The Bell Curve):
Why then do I enjoy talking to my friends so much?
“Connecting through talking activates the pleasure centers in a girl’s brain. We’re not talking about a small amount of pleasure. This is huge. It’s a major dopamine and oxytocin rush, which is the biggest, fattest neurological reward you can get outside of an orgasm.”
Research tip - ignore what doesn’t fit:
Brizendine’s book offers a 2 1/2-page appendix on the female brain and sexual orientation, but she doesn’t mention transgender folks.
I’d swear mine does the same thing:
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.
I’ve known all sort of women of think about it more than once every 48 hours:
Thoughts about sex enter women’s brains once every couple of days …
Not even when I was 14:
… for men, thoughts about sex occur every minute.
Much of the research she’s trying to synthesize was conducted by sexist men guided by traditional gender assumptions. Luckily we really should know more in ten or twenty years as neuroscience and the Human Genome Project progress.