Testosterone Rex: Death of a Legend?
Free Public Lecture
Forum Lecture Theatre
Arts West Building
The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010
2017 Faculty of Arts Dean's Lecture & Book Launch
We’re all familiar with Testosterone Rex: the pervasive idea that risk-taking, competitive masculinity evolved in males to enhance reproductive success, and that these traits are therefore wired into the male brain, and fuelled by testosterone. This compelling set of interconnected beliefs seem to offer an explanation for why men are much more likely than women to achieve a Rex-like status in society – but they are also based on outdated scientific ideas. This lecture explains why the evolution of science has led to Testosterone Rex’s extinction.
Following the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of Professor Fine's new book, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds.
Professor Cordelia Fine, Professor
Professor Cordelia Fine
The University of Melbourne
Cordelia Fine is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Professor Fine is the inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute Australia Research Fellow and previously held positions in the Melbourne Business School and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University. She is the author of three books, including the recently published Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds, which was shortlisted for a number of major book prizes, and a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year.