Is it sexist to recognize that men and women are not identical? A critical evaluation of neurofeminist rhetoric

Roxana Kreimer
Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina | roxkreimer@yahoo.com.ar

Received: 31-May-2019 | Accepted: 31-October-2019 | Published Online: 24-November-2019
Disputatio [Dec. 2019], Vol. 9, No. 13, pp. 00-00 | DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3567201
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Kreimer, Roxana (2020). «Is it sexist to recognize that men and women are not identical? A critical evaluation of neurofeminist rhetoric / ¿Es sexista reconocer que hombres y mujeres no son idénticos? Una evaluación crítica de la retórica neurofeminista». Disputatio. Philosophical Research Bulletin 9, no. 13: pp. 00–00.


Abstract | Several authors have accused neuroscience and psychology of promoting sexism through the differentiation of psychological predispositions of men and women that would not be a product of socialization. We will analyze the argumentative and empirical problems of two academic articles of one of them, the biotechnologist Lucía Ciccia, and the central ideas on sexual dimorphism of two neuroscientists who have a similar perspective on the subject, Daphna Joel and Janet Hyde. We offer empirical evidence on psychological predispositions of men and women that interact with the environment but are not products of socialization, and we argue in favor of the possibility that some stereotypes are an effect and not a cause of the differences between men and women. Finally, we will present arguments to support the claim that an evolutionary perspective is relevant in order to construct a better explanation of the characteristics of each sex, and a valuable starting point to search for equal rights.
Keywords |
Sexual Dimorphism · Feminism · Neurosexism · Hormones.

¿Es sexista reconocer que hombres y mujeres no son idénticos? Una evaluación crítica de la retórica neurofeminista

Resumen | Diversas autoras han acusado a las neurociencias y a la psicología de promover el sexismo a través de la diferenciación de predisposiciones psicológicas de hombres y mujeres que no serían producto de la socialización. Se analizarán aquí los problemas argumentativos y empíricos de dos artículos académicos de una de ellas, la biotecnóloga Lucía Ciccia, y de las ideas centrales sobre dimorfismo sexual de dos neurocientíficas que tienen una perspectiva similar sobre el tema, Daphna Joel y Janet Hyde. Para ello se ofrecerán evidencias empíricas sobre predisposiciones psicológicas en hombres y mujeres que no son producto de la socialización e interactúan con el medio ambiente, y se argumentará en favor de la posibilidad de que algunos estereotipos sean efecto y no causa de las diferencias entre hombres y mujeres. Por último, serán presentados argumentos destinados a evaluar que una perspectiva evolucionista es uno de los factores relevantes para tener una explicación más completa de los rasgos de cada sexo, y un punto de partida valioso para la búsqueda de la igualdad de derechos.
Palabras Clave | Dimorfismo sexual · Feminismo · Neurosexismo · Hormonas.


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