Maggie Fox, Health and Science reporter for that bastion of news reporting, Reuters, had this little expose’ on the brain-damaging effects of too much testosterone. It seems she decided to do an itty bitty story on how too much testosterone can make you blind, er, brain-dead (well, kind of). She referenced a study by a team of researchers from Yale University and lead by (wouldn’t you know) a female senior researcher, Barbara Ehrlich.
“Tests on brain cells in lab dishes showed that while a little of the male hormone is good, too much of it causes cells to self-destruct in a process similar to that seen in brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's.”But it seems rats weren’t enough. It seems the ladies had to go and cross the line:
"Next time a muscle-bound guy in a sports car cuts you off on the highway, don't get mad -- just take a deep breath and realize that it might not be his fault," Ehrlich said in a statement.What a patronizing, sexist statement. Now it’s my turn (and I’ll try to be a bit more polite).
Have you ever been on the road at the hours between 3PM and 4 PM and seen a woman on a cell phone, sipping a latte, driving an SUV like a bat out of hell as she rushes to pick up her kids from school? It makes us 'muscle-bound guys' look like fairies! Never, ever, pretend such a woman gives a damn about anyone else on the road. Just stay out of her way. It seems womens’ amygdala are in epileptiform tetany at this time of day. Please, Dr. Ehrlich, don’t be too quick to judge male driving habits.
And what about the effects of too little testosterone? What might happen to us guys? Well, we might have to stop and ask DIRECTIONS!
Do us all a favor, Ms. Fox and Dr. Ehrlich, stick with your rats.