Sari van Anders - "Beyond Masculinity: Testosterone, Sexual Desire, and Gender/Sex"

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension

Please join us for

"Beyond masculinity: testosterone, sexual desire, and gender/sex"

Sari van Anders
University of Michigan

Abstract: Everyone knows that sexual desire and testosterone are linked because men have higher testosterone, and testosterone is tightly linked to masculinity and sexual desire - right? But what do empirical data actually say? Professor van Anders will discuss findings that sup- port decoupling testosterone from masculinity and provide insights into the nuanced ways testosterone and sexual desire are - and are not - linked in humans. From her multimethod research program that includes experiments, correlational studies, and qualitative focus groups, she argues that social neuroendocrinology, rooted in feminist science, provides a way to ask hormonal questions that have evolution and social construction in their answers, sidesteps nature-culture debates, and separates biology from biological determinism.

Friday April 25, 2014
3-5 p.m.
754 Schermerhorn Extension (IRWGS seminar room)

Presented by The Science and Social Difference Working group of the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Psychology at Barnard College and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.