Testosterone Rex: Death of a Legend?

Free Public Lecture

Testosterone Rex: Death of a Legend?

Forum Lecture Theatre
Arts West Building
The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010


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T: 90355092


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for why men are much more likely than women to achieve a Rex-like status in society – but they are also based on outdated scientific ideas.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