No, you cannot explain misogyny with “boys will be boys”

A phrase I adamantly hate anyways, but that is a long-winded rant for another day…

By researching baboon social interactions over 20 years and studying life expectancies in countries with less patriarchal societies, it has become clear that misogyny is a complicated product of our culture and socialization of boys, rather than something ingrained in human nature.  While many feminists would claim this as an obvious conclusion, it is one step further in showing those with misogynistic ideals that it is unacceptable in a modern society.

Slate has an excellent article about the research and how this reflects on many of the hateful misogynistic attacks that have circulated the internet recently and it is well worth the read.

 

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About this blog + me

Hello!

I am a scientific researcher at a major university who enjoys taking complex scientific concepts and giving them wider importance by translating to the public.   I have written and published scientific papers, but am interested in a more accessible approach to scientific writing for the public and media.  I am also very interested in the lack of scientific literacy in this country and how that can be improved both through better mainstream scientific reporting as well as scientist outreach to collaborate with the media and better explain current research topics to the public.  Additionally, I feel that scientist interaction with the media is an important skill for every scientist and can only increase awareness of research among the public to create informed global citizens, regardless of scientific background.  I have always had a passion for reading, writing, and editing, so I feel this blog can combine many of my interests to not only make me a better scientist but also potentially guide me towards scientific writing as a career path.

So please join me on this adventure to show the public why science matters and how it gets interpreted and spread in our ever-changing but connected society.

All posts are 100% my original writing.

J