Men Are Not From Mars, Women Are Not From Venus; We Are Both From Earth and Belong to the Same Species: Get Used to It


Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall, Room 339

Agustín Fuentes, professor of anthropology, director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame

Biological and behavioral differences between males and females are not as great as we think they are. Despite a substantial body of data, there remain significant misconceptions about the pattern, extent, and causes of differences and similarities between males and females. From an anthropological perspective, we know biology means something, culture matters, and gender counts. All three have to be united when assessing what we think, hear, see, and assert about being human. This talk will focus on a biocultural approach to thinking about gender and sex and draw from Fuentes’ current work in busting myths of human nature.

Fuentes’ research and teaching interests include the evolution of complexity in human and primate societies, cooperation and aggression, race and racism, sex and sexuality, and human-animal interactions.

Sponsored by the Gender Studies Program