Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography--Labyrinth and the Library Live-Stream--Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca M. Jordan-Young
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 6:00PM

Testosterone is not what you think it is, and it is decidedly not a "male sex hormone." We invite you to come hear the debunking life-story of a molecule we thought we all knew.

Testosterone is a familiar villain, a ready explanation for innumerable social phenomena, from the stock market crash and the overrepresentation of men in prisons to male dominance in business and politics.  Yet your testosterone level doesn’t in fact predict your competitive drive or tendency for violence, your appetite for risk or sex, or your strength or athletic prowess. It’s neither the biological essence of manliness nor even the male sex hormone. This unauthorized biography pries T, as it’s known, loose from over a century of misconceptions that undermine science even as they make urban legends about this hormone seem scientific.

 Rebecca Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis focus on what T does in six domains: reproduction, aggression, risk-taking, power, sports, and parenting. 

Rebecca M. Jordan-Young is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. Her writing has appeared in top science journals, the NYTimes, and the Guardian. Katrina Karkazis is an anthropologist and bioethicist who is professor in the Honors Academy at Brooklyn College and Senior Research Fellow with the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School. Her writing has appeared in the NYTimes, the Guardian, Wired, and the NY Review of Books.

This event is cosponsored by the Princeton Public Library and Princeton University’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies