Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 7, pp 504–511

Genes, Brains and Gendered Behavior: Rethinking Power and Politics in Response to Condit, Liesen, and Vandermassen

Feminist Forum

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-008-9500-9

Cite this article as:
Hannagan, R.J. Sex Roles (2008) 59: 504. doi:10.1007/s11199-008-9500-9


In response to the commentaries by Condit, Liesen, and Vandermassen, I argue that we lack a more nuanced understanding of women’s political behavior (and therefore politics in general) because of the sustained barrier between the social and natural sciences, historical missteps, researcher bias, and perhaps an inclination to ask the wrong questions. By taking a Darwinian feminist approach to exploring gendered political behavior, and with the tools of behavior genetics and cognitive neuroscience, we can better understand the psychological and behavioral repertoires of men and women as well as predict political outcomes.


Genetics Gendered political behavior Neuroscience Darwinian feminism Oxytocin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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