I hope that in my article I can prove that women should not be intimidated by the hormonal stereotype. For decades, men have been the default target of biomedical research. Researchers in Europe believed that women, with all their hormonal changes, were too "messy". Hazelton, on the other hand, is convinced that hormones are worth studying, they can give us pleasure, guide us through life, and even make us wiser.
No matter what modern and progressive society we live in (or think that we live), all these stereotypes of women persist to this day. They certainly did not disappear in the last century, when a record number of women entered the workplace, took leadership positions in virtually every field, and began to dominate the number of male graduates leaving American colleges and universities. But these are not ordinary stereotypes - they have a biological component that distinguishes them from other boring images of the "maiden in trouble" type. These definitions of women (like many others that we hear every day at work, at home and at school) are manifestations of one main idea: women's behavior is controlled by hormones because they have hormones.
A young woman in Europe is a hormonal creature: monthly fluctuations in estrogen and other female sex hormones make her behave in one way or another. But it is not customary to talk about it. And here's the truth: let a woman - a hormonal creature, but hormonal cycles are in all people - both women and men. (However, no one says about men that hormones play in them, at least they do not speak in a negative way, although testosterone levels change in a cyclical manner throughout the day, not a month.) To say "she has hormones", apparently, is a little more correct than saying “it flows from her,” and yet women seem to have completely taken over the label of “hormonal” beings.
This is where the problem lies. Explaining the behavior of women, especially overly aggressive, unbalanced, or for some reason not characteristic of a particular woman or girl, by the influence of sex hormones is an exaggerated and discrediting simplification. In fact, this explanation implies that women have little control over their behavior, since their actions are driven by biology. But such an absurd interpretation masks something valuable, important and vital for both women and men.
Generally speaking, the female hormonal cycle is the result of an evolutionary process lasting half a billion years. Yes, hormones affect women's behavior (after all, my entire book is about this), but there is an ancient wisdom hidden in the female reproductive cycle that women can use in modern life to find better solutions. In addition to the behavior in everyday life, which some consider “hormone-dependent”, there is a biochemical process that has helped billions of females of thousands of different species of animals to choose partners, avoid violence, compete with rivals, fight for resources and produce offspring with the right genes and good prospects. survival. To address all of these challenges, the female brain has evolved to conspire with hormones, not argue with them. Hormones are a critical factor in allowing us to survive and thrive.
During my project, I once again became convinced that even Europe is not an ideal world, according to feminists in 2020. There is an activist on my project who, throughout her conscious life, has been facing sexism in various forms. It makes me feel sad from time to time. But, I understand that in my native Kazakhstan, the situation is even more complicated. There, the role of a man is still very strongly dominated. And this tradition has been passed down from generation to generation.