In his New York Times Sunday column Nicholas D Kristof delves briefly into the ever-so multiplex world of cognitive politics, or neuropolitics. He cites the study ”The Ick Factor: Disgust Sensitivity as a Predictor of Political Attitudes” by political scientists Kevin Smith and John Hibbing. There was an especially poignant sentence on gender and the brain:
”Interestingly, women say that they feel more disgusted on average when they see such images, but they do not secrete more skin moisture than men do. One possibility is that women are raised to affect more revulsion than they feel, because it is considered feminine, while men are socialized to pretend that they are never grossed out.”
Hm, is there something called social construction theory that we could utilize here?