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Houston Breakthrough 1979-07 - 1979-08 - Page 21. July 1979 - August 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1537/show/1529.

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Date July 1979 - August 1979
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Transcript major vein in the right hemisphere is larger than its left brain counterpart in girls but not in boys; this may be related to the female's superior verbal skills. Example: the greater number of functional neurons in the girl's brain produces an earlier development of brain specialization —the ability to use the left brain for verbal tasks and simultaneously silence the right brain—which may explain girl's language superiority. Example: boys' superior spatial ability is transmitted hereditarily and may have evolved because of its value in hunting and fighting. Worse, it may be the result of insufficient development of the left (verbal) brain hemisphere. There is evidence that androgen slows down left (verbal) brain development and in extreme cases may produce criminal pathology; the outstanding single feature of the sociopath's test profile is the systematic high score on the performance (right brain ability) as opposed to the verbal part of standard tests. Two chemicals secreted by the adrenal glands prepare the body to flee danger or to stand and fight. In agressive animals there is a higher ratio of the fight chemical to the flight chemical (norepinephrine to epinephrine or NE/E) than in less agressive species. But experience also influences the individual's chemical responses. The major experience that causes more NE (fight) to be secreted is severe physical punishment in childhood. Then the increased secretion of NE results in more aggressive behavior and more subsequent punishment —i.e. is self-perpetuating. The implications of this for future (and present enlightened) childrearing are important and heartening. The implications for dealing with already grown men whose conditioning makes them dangerous to society are far more disturbing. Equally disturbing is the result of one study which found that while boys and girls did not differ in the amounts of chemicals NE and E secreted while watching a comic movie and a scary movie, when a sexually arousing film was shown the males secreted significantly more of the aggression chemical. Another study discovered that testosterone interferes with the action of an enzyme whose job it is to inactivate neurotransmitters in the brain. The brain would then be more sensitive to stimulation, to pain, and possibly to psychological pain or threat. Men may feel called upon to fight given much less cause than it would take to so motivate a female, even if our conditioning were equal and females trained to fight as frequently as males. Men may be, chemically, paranoid. The remainder of The Violent Sex deals with how the culture shapes male violence, the possible evolution and survival value of male aggression, an analysis of our present culture and how it supports a hunter psychology. These chapters draw from writings in anthropology, sociology, psychology, nutrition, feminist writings, and from Laurel's own investigation and understanding of power. As she states at the beginning, "There is hardly any discipline which does not have some bearing on the study of maleness." This section of the book will be more familiar to many and possibly more accessible. Those who find the chapter on brain research initially difficult might want to begin the book with chapters 2-5, which deal with the following: how physical punishment tends to decrease a child's reliance on internal moral standards and promotes aggression and violence. One team of researchers pointed out that nearly all of the Nazi war criminals had been seriously mistreated in childhood, and that a recent West German poll showed that "up to 60% of parents believe in beating, not slapping or spanking, but beating their children." Television violence is clearly connected to later aggres sion in boys-but not in girls. How did men, in the very beginning, learn to kill and what were the social and evolutionary consequences of killing? Why did women not learn to kill and how did they attempt and/or fail to control the aggressiveness of males when it worked against them? What traits of Hunter Man remain? Why are some men violent and others not? Sections in this part of the book deal with the biological causes of war, the emptiness and negativism of this century's art, prenatal diet and the role of drugs in increasing or decreasing violence. Laurel's final chapter suggests ways in which we can use the information in her book to restructure society. The book ends with two appendices, one titled "How to Have a Girl," and the other, a condensation of a theory that all males are mutations-a genetic blunder that threatens the life of the planet-by a male, Jerome Cobb. The Violent Sex is a must to read. For women, it is the first step in taking our brains back. For nonviolent men struggling against a macho world, it is crucial support and validation. It is already clear that research on the brain will be top priority in the 1980s. The Violent Sex: Male Psychobiology and the Evolution of Consciousness may be ordered from Bluestocking Books, 1101 Keeler, Berkeley, CA 94708 for $5.50 postpaid. It is also distributed by Women in Distribution and Bookpeople and will be found in feminist and other serious bookstores. This book is carried by BD & Daughter, 520 Westheimer, and The Bookstore, 1728 Bissonnet. June Arnold is the founder of Daughters, Inc. and the author of Sister Gin. Unto the Breach We women need to act. We have a task besides those imperatives For which we've drawn the lines: Equal rights, day care, etcetera; And, of course, that great issue Of issue or nonissue. The thing is this: there is a dearth, An absence, an almost total omission In our language (perhaps ail languages) Of proper epithets with which to address The other gender (sex has nothing to do with this) When he has gone far beyond the pale- When jerk or even double-ass won't do. Time-honored expletives, almost without exception, Have this in common: they dishonor Not the subject, but his mother Or other female figure. We all know the words-no need to repeat Those choice endearments. These new-minted coins Must be original art And should roll from the tongue so smoothly, Each should seem to have been waiting To be found and pitched Like a just-right, palm-sized stone. Please, my dears, no pigs, donkeys, dogs, snakes, Or other of that genre. What we must set ourselves to is pure creating, definition- Wrought, carved, honed, polished, And used—discreetly. Pronounce one with a smile And go about your way. If pressed, a vague, embarrassed Definition will do. You might attribute your word to ancient Sanskrit Or other esoteric origin; Or grin, as if caught in the cookie jar. And so shall we overcome, one by one. -Diane D. Hicks Addendum of appellations for outrageous males Castarf: Abandoned by his mother as an unsuitable runt. Noduvert: A pervert so boring, he puts you to sleep with his act. Nerdvert: A pervert so boring, he puts you to sleep with his act, the nerd. Zeef: As in Zed, Zee, Zeef. Old Squerd: Male version of old maid Stud: Said only with total derision. Shotstud: Son of a stud; said only with total derision. Spermbank: Good for something, anyway. Tarzip: Thinks he's hot stuff, but lemme tell you. Trithunk: Can't get his mind off his equipment. D.D.H. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 21 JULY/AUGUST 1979