This seminar is on sex differences, an eternal flame in the culture wars. I'll be covering 6 essential topics, the biological foundations of sex, sex differences in sexuality, sex differences in personality, the nature and nurture of sex differences, sex differences at work, and the sex differences controversy itself. This seminar takes the evidence-based perspective that men and women are significantly biologically and psychologically different.
In each seminar session, I will present information on the topic for about half the hour. In the other half, we'll have a conversation where you can ask questions, share experiences, or speculate.
Below is an overview of the seminar. You can also review the full seminar syllabus here, including readings I've curated for each topic plus more information on what we will cover.
Session 1 - Why sex?
Why did sex evolve? Why are there two sexes in most species instead of more, or less? What is the fundamental difference between males and females? Why should we expect males and females to differ in animals, including humans?
Session 2 - Sex differences in sexuality
Why should we expect some of the largest sex differences to be in the domain of sex itself? Why are men, on average, more interested in casual sex, pornography, and unusual sexual interests? What are the differences between the sexes in what they want in a mate? What can we learn about sex differences in sexuality from gay men and lesbians?
Session 3 - Sex differences in personality
What is personality and how can we measure sex differences in personality? Where do we see the biggest sex differences and where do we see no sex differences?
Session 4 - Where do sex differences come from?
How early do we see sex differences emerge? How different are boys and girls? What's the evidence sex differences come from nature and what's the evidence they come from nurture?
Session 5 - Sex differences at work
What are the sex differences in educational attainment? How do men and women differ in occupational interests? Why is there a wage gap?
Session 6 - The controversy
What statements in the last several years have stirred up controversy and was there evidence to back them up? What's the state of the debate about sex differences now and where is it likely to go in the future?