In the article entitled Now we men can blame our hormones: testosterone is trouble, The Guardian feature writer and editor Phil Daoust bluntly states: “testosterone makes you stupid”. In the conclusion, he rants about “the evils of testosterone”. How can a naturally-occurring hormone be considered “evil”? Welcome to media madness.
Tagged as “medical research”, the article is a clear example of today’s hypocritical double-standards in mass media where sexism against men is acceptable while the opposite is outrageous. Citing a less-than-convincing “study”, the author dwells into the ugly (yet acceptable) realm of sexism against men, even throwing Donald Trump and the made-up word “mansplaining” into this incoherent mix.
The article begins with the author describing himself as “thoughtful, Fawcett Society-supporting man who lowers the toilet seat after peeing, even when he has the house to himself”. That is good to know.
Before going further into bashing men and their hormones, the author warns us that women are also subject to hormonal disruption. However, one should never, ever mention it.
It’s too easy – and tempting – to dismiss a woman’s actions or opinions because it’s “that time of the month”. Mostly it isn’t. Many women are lucky enough to escape PMS. And even when they don’t, sometimes she’s still right and you’re still wrong.
Later in the article, the same author writes:
But for now at least they now have another way to fight the scourge of mansplaining: “You’re talking out of your nuts.”
Therefore, it is not OK to mention female hormones because it is condescending. However, it is OK to shut up men by telling them: “You’re talking out of your nuts.” How can this blatant double-standard not burn the author’s eyes?
To prove his claims about testosterone being “evil”, the author cites a study which was based on rubbing gel on men and asking them questions.
Having persuaded 243 men to smear their torsos with either a placebo or a testosterone gel (…), the scientists gave them a “cognitive reflection test” designed to assess their ability to answer tricky questions where their first, intuitive answer was likely to be wrong*. Those who had rubbed themselves with testosterone rather than the placebo answered 20% fewer questions correctly – while remaining convinced they were right.
The study concludes that there’s “a clear and robust causal effect of testosterone on human cognition and decision-making”.
The author then writes.
To put it bluntly, testosterone makes you stupid.
That is not what the study says. It mentions impulsivity and intuition, two vital qualities to survive in nature. Could you imagine an article that stated: “To put it bluntly, estrogen makes you stupid”. The outrage.
In a non-necessary leap of the imagination, the author then associates the evils of testosterone with the evils of Donald Trump.
It may explain Donald Trump and his half-cocked willy-waggling. Perhaps it’s not the president’s brain that’s running things, but the Leydig cells in his testicles.
Can you imagine an article associating the evils of estrogen with Angela Merkel? The outrage.
The author then proceeds to throw the made-up word “mansplaining” into the mix, effectively evacuating all objectivity from the piece and bathing in the dirty water of agenda-pushing.
Women aren’t entirely off the hook – their bodies also produce testosterone, though in smaller quantities, and the Caltech study notes that “it remains to be tested whether the effect is generalisable to females” – but for now at least they now have another way to fight the scourge of mansplaining: “You’re talking out of your nuts.”
Words and concepts such as “mansplaining” are part of a clear agenda: Justifying hate between genders. It is about hate, and they are fueling it.
The author then ends bizarrely about him being free from the “evils of testosterone” which makes him “quite a catch”. Maybe he needs a refresher course on how nature works.
Better still, with the evils of testosterone firmly established, the world may learn to appreciate older men. Around the age of 30, no longer “young, dumb and full of cum”, we typically find our testosterone levels declining, so that with every day that passes we become less aggressive, more rational and generally nicer. Your average 54-year-old – to pick an age entirely at random – can now boast that as well as decades of experience, he can draw on ever-larger reserves of self-control. Whether we’re trying to land a beautiful lover or a well-paid job, that should make us quite a catch.
Most comments following the article thankfully brought some sanity to this media madness.