In the wake of the 2021 Olympics we have seen a resurgence of misunderstanding around testosterone, its role in gender transition and its effect on athletic performance. In July 2021 Harvard evolutionary biologist Carole Hooven was in conversation with Tom Whipple, science editor of The Times, on Intelligence Squared to debunk the cultural stereotypes surrounding testosterone.
Drawing on the themes of her new book Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us, she addressed questions about testosterone’s impact on gender and sexual behaviour, parenting roles, childhood play and other areas of our everyday lives.
Hooven argues that while we need a better understanding of the science behind this potent force in society, such knowledge should not be used as a means of reinforcing gender norms or patriarchal values.
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