Menneskenaturen

I Politiken får vi nytt fra vitenskapens verden. Det dreier seg om en artikkel i siste nummer av Human Nature, skrevet av Anne Campbell fra Durham University, England. Artikkelen har tittelen “The Morning after the Night Before” og dreier seg om reaksjoner på one-night stands. Som Politiken skriver, kvinner liker dem dårligere enn menn, eller, som det står i ingressen: “Ny forskning viser, at mænd har langt større fornøjelse af flygtige sex-forhold end kvinder.” Det er muligens en litt kort konklusjon på en 17 siders artikkel, men artikkelen kan hentes her, og dermed kan man gjøre seg opp sin egen mening. Det er også noen interessante formuleringen underveis, og det handler selvsagt delvis om vitenskapens språk. Jeg synes eksempelvis definisjoner som denne er fascinerende: “In this paper, I use the term one-night stand to capture sexual relations that progress no further than copulation.”

2 Responses to “Menneskenaturen”

  1. Andy Says:

    What did you make of this research? I haven’t got my hands on the original paper yet, sadly. Do you have it?

  2. Erik Steinskog Says:

    The paper is available to download (in pdf-format) at the web-page of Human Nature (follow the links in the email). I have not read it thoroughly yet, and my main point in this post is about the kind of translation taking place between a scholarly/scientific paper and a journalistic version of it, where the different languages used in science versus journalism in my view is kind of interesting. As for the paper, I’m not a psychologist, but am a musicologist also working with gender studies within the humanities. And my main objection is that if a gender binarism is part of the foundational parameters of research, important dimensions of any possible outcome is already settled before the research take place, in the sense that the questions and analyses will be built upon a division between men and women (male and female). Thus, in this case, questions about the experiences of one-night stands seems to me to built partly on a prejudice that men and women will have different kinds of experiences here, and that these differences are related to their maleness and femaleness. Thus my question would be, is there other parameters more important than this binarism? But I guess that is another paper – and at least it is another blog-post for me.

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