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By: Ashleigh Lauren Johnson

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The Battle Of The Sexes: An Outdated Thesis Or The Inevitable Underpinnings Of The Gendered Human Psyche? | Altenar & You

The LA Times published an article based on a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, that supposedly studied the operating functions of the Male and Female brain and how the two differed. 


The result? Men were believed to favour perception-to-action pathways and women preferred intuition-to-reason pathways, though as Altenar posed the question to employees and social media, it became clear that the study not only identified gendered differences but split opinions as well. 


It appears that from the dawn of time, the statement, questions, film title and game theory of ‘The Battle of The Sexes’ has echoed through the decades, and unfortunately, through numerous remakes of the same sports-based film. The idea of the male and female brains operating through different pathways might explain how people work, love and more, and here are some of the interesting responses we got from Altenar, a sportsbook software provider's employees and you, on the age-old topic of the battle of the sexes.


The Battle of The Sexes: A Product of Culture 

It appeared that Altenar’s employees and your responses on social media deemed that the study published in the LA Times was not only outdated but incorrect, especially when it came to how the male and female brain processes played out in a work environment. 


Marina Zacharopoulou eloquently noted some of the problematic nuances of the study saying that we could ‘not rely on a research paper that was conducted 9 years ago’, where Marina felt that the idea of a ‘male brain’ and a ‘female brain’ posed more problems for society than the idea could have cured. 


Marina explained that studies like the one referenced in this article had the potential to ‘impact the ways we treat boys, girls, men and women’, and that there appeared to be little to no difference in the thought process between the male and female brain. 


Marina noted, ‘there are no meaningful differences between a male and a female’s brain structures or activity that would hold up across diverse populations, nor do any of the alleged brain differences in the study explain the familiar but modest differences in personality and ability between the male and female brains.’ 


Wanting to ‘leave the stereotypes of brain differences behind us’ Marina made a closing but true statement, ‘the male and female approach is different but only due to culture and nothing more.’ 

The resounding response that the male and female brain had more in common structurally than the male and female brain held in differences echoed through the responses for this article and Konstantinos Vasilakos furthered Marina’s point of view on the subject, the battle of the sexes. 

Konstantinos explained that the study ‘didn’t showcase enough evidence to the biological difference of the brain, if any, between women and men.’ It was within this well-put response that it became clear, or in fact, clearer, that there were little to no differences in a gendered brain, moreover, a difference in environment, culture and nurture. 


Konstantinos went on to note, ‘even if there were differences on average, this does not mean that either of those two genders can't develop differently depending on nurture and societal programming. In my experience, we expect women and men to behave within specific frames, so our cognitive bias regarding how each of those two genders reacts and interacts is very basic.’


The conclusive response to the question of ‘The Battle of The Sexes’ and this being present in the workplace was a resounding ‘no, I haven't noticed any clear representation regarding how the female and male brain works in the workspace. Only aspects of expressed and performative societal gender norms.’


Keep an eye out for Altenar, a sportsbook software provider’s next Altenar and you survey to take part and offer your opinion, otherwise, you can discover more about Altenar from the website or by contacting one of Altenar’s passionate professionals today.

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