gender stereotyping

Male and Female brains are the same, It’s gender stereotyping that makes us different.

Men and women are in fact the same according to Neuroscience expert Gina Rippon. Rippon, a professor at the University of Birmingham has said that she believes there is no scientific evidence to prove male and female brains are wired differently.

She went ahead to say that the reason why male and female are considered different in the world today is because of gender stereotyping. She also indicated that in early ages, children are introduced into the gender wars by the supposed boys’ toys or girls’ toys hence, children grew up believing that they are different but ideally nothing separates them.

In a move that sort of contradicts that of earlier American researchers, she said that men can in fact multi-task if the society required them to. She proposed that women were able to multitask because the society required them to be. However, American researchers last year in December, conducted a research on 1000 men, women, boys and girls and found out that the brains of males were wired differently from those of females.

According to their report, male brains were wired from front to back, while the females’ brain was crisscrossed from left to right. The researchers attempted to explain that the difference in wiring explains why men were able to perform only one task at a time, while the crisscrossing in women’s brains was why they were good at doing multiple tasks at a time.

Neuroscience expert Gina Rippon

However, according to Neuroscientist Rippon, she said: ‘you can’t pick up a brain and say “that’s a girl’s brain, or that’s a boy’s brain” in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.

‘There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology.’

According to her, women were not born as natural multi-taskers, it’s a capability that they have developed over time as the society required, and hence their brain develops to accommodate the change. Therefore, men can also be good at multi-tasking, but they just don’t do it hence their brains remain at the ‘perform one task at a time’ level.

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