FEMME MENTALE

San Francisco neuropsychiatrist says differences between women’s and men’s brains are very real, and the sooner we all understand it, the better.

Women have come a long way toward equality over the past 50 years, but the Yale-trained Brizendine, 53, says her research indicates that human brains are still wired for Stone Age necessities.

Male and female brains are different in architecture and chemical composition, asserts Brizendine. The sooner women — and those who love them — accept and appreciate how those neurological differences shape female behavior, the better we can all get along.

“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.”

A man’s brain may be bigger overall, she writes, but the main hub for emotion and memory formation is larger in a woman’s brain, as is the wiring for language and “observing emotion in others.” Also, a woman’s “neurological reality” is much more deeply affected by hormonal surges that fluctuate throughout her life.

Brizendine uses those differences to explain everything from why teenage girls feverishly swap text messages during class, to why women fake orgasms to why menopausal women leave their husbands.

“There is no unisex brain,” Brizendine writes. “Girls arrive already wired as girls, and boys arrive already wired as boys. Their brains are different by the time they’re born, and their brains are what drive their impulses, values and their very reality.”

Brizendine’s book offers a 2 1/2-page appendix on the female brain and sexual orientation, but she doesn’t mention transgender folks. Sexual orientation, she writes, “does not appear to be a matter of conscious self-labeling but a matter of brain wiring.” All women are wired for a sexual orientation during fetal development, and “the behavioral expression of her brain wiring will then be influenced and shaped by environment and culture.”

That’s not to say either sex is more intelligent. Just different, Brizendine said. Nor do she or other scientists who study the brain, like Bruce S. McEwen, a Rockefeller (N.Y.) University brain researcher, dismiss the role that parenting and environment and experience play in shaping a person.

“The basic idea is that men and women approach the same problems in somewhat different ways, at least in part because of the biological differences in the brain, which in turn interact with experience — the nature-nurture story,” said McEwen.

“This does not imply whether either sex is superior … but it does provide the basis for such cultural sayings as ‘Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus.’ “

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MEN. IT TOOK A WOMAN TO SAY THIS. Just a little point I wish to implicate. Hmfph. To all those men that believes that they are better than women. And, may I also add, all men out there who denies studies of this truth and still will continue to implicate that they are better than women proves that they are not.

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3 Responses to “FEMME MENTALE”


  1. 2 muddybanks42 November 10, 2006 at 11:00 am

    I’m currently studying concepts in post-modern feminism and this article is very useful. Better tnat ‘Venus and Mars’ stuff anyway.

  2. 3 solelyshe November 10, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    Quite interesting whig.

    muddybanks42:
    Yes it’s very good research.


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