Epidemic Errors in Understanding Masculinity, Maleness, and Violence

@article{Gutmann2021EpidemicEI,
  title={Epidemic Errors in Understanding Masculinity, Maleness, and Violence},
  author={Matthew C. Gutmann and Robin G Nelson and Agust{\'i}n Fuentes},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2021},
  volume={62},
  pages={S5 - S12}
}
An anthropological approach is needed to counter a rising chorus of biobabble about masculinities, maleness, and violence. Anthropological lenses enable us to examine what we know and what we do not know about issues like testosterone, male primate aggression, and “pink and blue” brains and their relation to masculinities. Pseudoscientific concepts about masculinities and maleness act to justify, bolster, and provoke types of violence against many humans. Anthropologists should take the lead in… 
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