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February 28th 1953: Watson and Crick discover DNA structure

On this day in 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. They made the discovery of the double helix structure while building a cardboard model of the molecule in their laboratory at Cambridge University. Their model of DNA was based on an X-ray diffraction image taken by Rosalind Franklin and the fact that DNA bases are paired; due to her gender, Franklin is often forgotten in narratives of scientific history. Watson and Crick first announced their discovery to friends and it was not formally announced to the wider scientific community until April 25th. Watson, Crick and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries. The discovery was a groundbreaking moment for science, and lay the foundations for the research into DNA and the investigation of human genetics.

“We have found the secret of life.”
- Francis Crick

Once Again, Feminists Ignore the Hormones

I read an article by feminist Nora Caplan-Bricker the other day titled The Idea of a “Male Brain” and a “Female Brain” Is Likely a Myth and found it interesting, not for what it says, but what it lacks. Here’s the crux of the article:

Men and women are equal—and so are the architectures of our brains, according to a new study by neuroscientist Lise Eliot of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. According to a write-up in Wired, the study was aimed at evaluating the theory that the hippocampus is larger in women than in men; since the hippocampus is the part of the brain associated with memory and emotion, this has been proposed as an explanation for all those feelings ladies tend to have. Eliot and her team analyzed 6,000 MRI scans and found “no significant difference in hippocampal size between men and women.”

This is more than a matter of abstract interest for Eliot, the author of the 2010 book Pink Brain, Blue Brain, about how dubious theories of sex differences in the brain lead us to raise and educate boys and girls differently. She’s devoted years to decrying these kinds of stereotypes and their frustratingly strong grip on the American approach to childrearing.

What this feminist study doesn’t research, and what feminists avoid talking about in any discussion of their gender stereotype trope, is the different effects of gender based hormones on the male and female brain. Estrogen and progesterone cause women to think and feel in different ways than men do. Testosterone causes men to think and feel in different ways than women do.

This is obvious to anyone who values honesty over an agenda.

Feminists continue to promote their “We’re All the Same” myth, but always leave the divergent effects of these biologically undeniable hormones out of the discussion. 

Men and women are different and it’s all about the hormones. If you deny that you are either disingenuous, delusional or mentally deficient. It’s your choice, but you have to choose.