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Title:   " Emotional Difference, The "

The era of equal opportunities raised expectations that men and women's roles would become interchangeable. As more women joined the workforce it seemed natural that men would take more responsibility in the home. Would these shifting sex roles improve the understanding of each other's emotional needs? Apparently, not yet. On average, men currently spend five minutes a day with their children, and 85% of washing and ironing is done by women. The Emotional Difference reveals that men are neurologically primed to find the household routine difficult. The reasons are partly cultural - boys are rarely encouraged to learn the art of homemaking. But there is more to it than that. The male brain and neurochemistry make running a home and minding the children more difficult for men. Women, on the other hand, are hormonally primed for maternal behavior, finding it less stressful than men do. A leading Swedish expert on maternal behavior, Dr. Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, believes this could be partly due to the calming effects of the hormone oxytocin, which is released during childbirth and in smaller doses during breast-feeding. The Emotional Differences explores this and other neurological elements that help to perpetuate divisions of labor, and investigates the biological basis of our seemingly unchangeable emotional systems.

Production Date:  1998
Length:  52 minutes
Ordering:  NETCHE Member checkout
Subject:  Gender Issues Psychology
Non-Members:  Not available
Series Title:  WHY MEN DON¬íT IRON

 

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