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Join Carole Hooven as she tells the story of the hormone that dominates and divides us

A testosterone molecule
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Event description

Testosterone is a potent force in human society, driving the bodies and behaviour of the sexes apart. However, it is not solely responsible for differences between sexes.

Join Carole Hooven as she argues how testosterone, in concert with genes and culture, can produce a vast variety of male and female behaviour. In this talk she will also argue that the fact that many sex differences are grounded in biology provides no support for restrictive gender norms or patriarchal values. In understanding testosterone, we better understand ourselves and one another, raising questions as to how we might build a fairer, safer society.

Copies of Carole's latest book, Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us are available from amazon and all good bookshops.

Event type

This is a livestream event where the speaker and audience come together online. 


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About the speaker

Carole Hooven teaches in and co-directs the undergraduate program in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She earned her BA in psychology from Antioch College in 1988 and her PhD at Harvard in 2004, researching sex differences and testosterone, and has taught there ever since. She has received numerous teaching awards, and her Hormones and Behavior class was named one of the Harvard Crimson's "top ten tried and true."Her work has been featured in Time MagazineSlate Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Daily Telegraph, the New York PostStylist Magazine, the AustralianBBC and Talk Radio Europe.​She has appeared on many podcasts, including the Joe Rogan Experience, the Dishcast with Andrew SullivanFemsplainersThe DissenterHonestly with Bari Weiss, and Mindpump.Carole also made a brief appearance on Fox News to defend the use of the terms "male" and "female" in science education. Not everyone was pleased. Great commentary by Harvard Professor Harry Lewis here, example of the news coverage here. Carole lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband Alex, son Griffin and cat Lola. She loves watching birds, running and biking, Belgian beer, salty snacks and freedom of speech.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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