The question is: does this scare me off wanting a unicycle or does it make me want one even more?
Less than 5% of people—mostly elderly men, women, and teenage girls—showed no reaction. About 1-2% of people expressed anger, distaste, or fear.
More than 90% of people showed a physical response—from an exaggerated stare or acknowledgment to a wave, nod, smile, or a show of mock surprise and fear.
In males the response moved from curiosity in childhood, to physical and verbal aggression in older boys; this became more verbal as the boys matured into men and evolved into the concealed aggression of a repetitive humorous verbal put-down, which was lost with age. In contrast, the female response was praise and concern for safety.
These findings suggest that humour develops from aggression in response to male hormones.
> These findings suggest that humour develops from aggression in response to male hormones.
Big and very problematic non-sequitur. A social fact is observed with a flawed quasi-ethnographical method, biological deductions are far-fetched. Not to mention the gender binary this operates in and the way in which the researcher racialises or assigns ethnicity based apparently on their spontaneous remote judgement, which is racist.
@cadxdr Hmyeah, I quoted this as "hm...", not as "BEHOLD THE TRUTH". Something feels obvious here, and something not quite, but I am sceptical of my instincts. Thank you for putting it better than I could.
@cadxdr @JosteinSN See Rebecca Jordan-Young & Katrina Karkazis' _Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography_ (https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674271081) for a good recent look at how "facts" about testosterone are created; and of course Cordelia Fine's _Testosterone Rex_ (https://wwnorton.com/books/Testosterone-Rex/) for a more general overview of biological essentialism as an explanation of gender differences
@JosteinSN Very much struck by the lack of reaction of teenage girls, which the author doesn't comment on at all. I know that's the age when I got the most sexual harassment, so I would not have wanted to initiate interactions with strange men.
@yingtai Yes, I'm wary of jumping to in hindsight after all absolutely not obvious conclusions, but it makes sense, doesn't it?
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