Masculinity / Femininity Test
The information below comes from the book Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Don’t Read Maps by Allan and Barbara Pease. It’s a fascinating book with so much useful information about masculinity and femininity, and the divisions between the sexes, that anyone even remotely interested in the subject will find a wealth of amazing and entertaining material in it. If you ever wanted to know why men and women are so different you just have to get this book! Buy it here.
Skip straight to the masculinity/femininity test without reading the preamble by clicking here.
An extract from Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Don’t Read Maps: “At a time when we are raising boys and girls as if they are identical, science is proving they are dramatically different in their thinking. The conclusion that neurologists and brain researchers everywhere have now reached is that we are who we are because of hormones. Late 20th Century thinking says we are born with an empty mind and our parents, teachers and environment dictate our attitudes and choices. But new research into the brain and its development has revealed that our minds are configured like a computer at around six to eight weeks after conception. Our basic ‘operating system’ is in place and several ‘programs’ are also installed so that when we are born we come pre-packaged, like a computer with an array of add-on hardware and software.
Science also shows that the basic operating system and its wiring leave little room for change. Our environment and our teachers can only add data and run compatible programs. And, up until now, there have been practically no ‘How to’ manuals available. This means that when we are born, our future choices and sexuality preferences are pre-set. For example, we now know that nurturing is a learned behavior, with adoptive mothers proving just as effective at nurturing children as biological mothers.” (Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Don’t Read Maps page 56).
Allan and Barbara Pease certainly seem to be very enthusiastic and excited about their ideas! However, they seem to be getting a bit carried away when they start talking as if their ideas are the only possible correct ideas! Their way of looking at things is only one way of looking at things. Science shows many things, often very contradictory ones! In general, I would have to strongly disagree with their idea that we come with an operating system which is more-or-less hard wired. As a practicing psychotherapist and personally growing individual I have to say I am amazed by people’s enormous capacity to rewire themselves throughout their lives. I agree that it is possible that some of our choices may already be set at birth, and our sexual preferences may be one of them. However, I personally believe that those preset choices are in the minority compared to all the other choices which are influenced by the environment and the organism itself in our later development.
According to our genetic make up, we are male or female – a boy has XY sex chromosomes, a girl XX. But all babies start out as female: then, about 6 weeks after conception, the XY chromosomes in the cells of the boy stimulate a surge of testosterone production which masculinizes the baby boy’s body and brain. The effect on the boy’s body is to form testicles, penis and male internal sexual organs. The effect on his brain is to configure it for masculine traits and behaviors, such as long-distance vision and the spatial skills for throwing, hunting and chasing. (Not to mention making it display those male attitudes, thoughts, feelings and behaviors that we all recognize from everyday life as being so very different to female attitudes, thoughts, feelings and behaviors!)
But if a male fetus does not receive the correct dosage of testosterone required to configure his brain with a male operating system, the result is that a baby boy is born who will grow up to become a person with a mainly male brain but with some female thinking patterns and abilities. If a male fetus needs three units of testosterone to become fully male, but only receives, say, two, one will be used for testicles formation and the brain will get the remaining one instead of the two it requires to become fully male.
Life would be nice, maybe pretty boring, but certainly easier to handle if it was as simplistic as Allan and Barbara make it out to be! I am sure a lot of other things besides hormones impact on the formation of the brain in a growing baby, such as the mother’s nutritional intake, whether she smokes or not, whether she is stressed or not, and so on.
In extreme cases, a baby boy’s brain will become mainly female in structure and thinking, housed in a genetically male body. By the time puberty arrives this boy is likely to be homosexual or to show sexual ambivalence.
In girls, little or no male testosterone is present and so the body develops female genitalia and the brain remains female in form. The brain is configured with female hormones and develops nest-defending attributes, including the centers for being able decode verbal and non-verbal signals. When the baby is born, she looks female and her behavior will be feminine as a result of her female-wired brain. But occasionally, for various reasons, a female fetus receives a significant dose of male hormone. Then a baby girl is born who has, to some extent, a masculine brain.
Well, up to now they have been pretty amusing but now they are getting rather dangerous: I strongly disagree with their opinion that if you don’t receive enough testosterone as a baby boy you might end up being deficient in some way, i.e. homosexual. That’s just bullshit! There isn’t anything wrong with someone who is gay. Being gay, bisexual, straight or transsexual is within the normal spread of human sexual identity, attraction and experiences and that’s ok.
According to Allan and Barbara Pease, about 80% to 85% of males have mainly male-wired brains and about 15% to 20% have brains that are feminized to a greater or lesser extent. Around 10% of women received a dose of male hormone six to eight weeks after conception sufficiently high to have a brain that is wired, to a greater or lesser extent, with some masculine abilities.
British geneticist Anne Moir has developed a fascinating test to reveal how masculinized or feminized your brain might be. There are no right or wrong answers in this test, but it gives you some interesting insights into the choices you make and the way you think. At the end of the test you can score your result on the chart. Print out and photocopy the test and give it to those you live and work with; the result will be a real eye-opener for everyone.
The Brain-Wiring Test
This test is designed to indicate the masculinity or femininity of your brain patterns. There are no right or wrong answers – the result is simply an indication of the probable level of male hormone your brain did, or did not, receive around six to eight weeks after your conception. This is reflected in your preference of values, behaviors, style, orientations and choices.
Have fun doing it! It may not tell you much in terms of objective facts, but it might make you smile (you could even cheat a bit when it comes to map reading abilities or parking!).
Circle the statement that is most likely to be true for you most of the time.
1. When it comes to reading a map or street directory you:
a. have difficulty and often ask for help
b. turn it round to face the direction you’re going
c. have no difficulty reading maps or street directories
2. You’re cooking a complicated meal with the radio playing and a friend phones. Do you:
a. leave the radio on and continue cooking while talking on the phone
b. turn the radio off, talk and keep cooking
c. say you’ll call them back as soon as you’ve finished cooking
3. Friends are coming to visit and ask for directions to your new house. Do you:
a. draw a map with clear directions and send it to them or get someone else to explain how to get there
b. ask what landmarks they know then try to explain to them how to get there
c. explain verbally how to get there: “Take the freeway to Santa Monica, turn off, turn left, go to the second traffic lights …”
4. When explaining an idea or concept, are you more likely to:
a. use a pencil, paper and body language gestures
b. explain it verbally using body language and gestures
c. explain it verbally, being clear and concise
5. When coming home from a great movie, you prefer to:
a. picture scenes from the movie in your mind
b. talk about the scenes and what was said
c. quote mainly what was said in the movie
6.In a cinema, you usually prefer to sit:
a. on the right side
c. on the left side
7. A friend has something mechanical that won’t work. You would:
a. sympathize, and discuss how they feel about it
b. recommend someone reliable who can fix it
c. figure out how it works and attempt to fix it for them
8.You’re in an unfamiliar place and someone asks you where North is. You:
a. confess you don’t know
b. guess where it is, after a bit of thought
c. point towards North without difficulty
9.You’ve found a parking space but it’s tight and you must reverse into it. You would:
a. rather try to find another space
b. carefully attempt to back into it
c. reverse into it without any difficulty
10. You are watching TV when the telephone rings. You would:
a. answer the phone with the TV on
b. turn the TV down and then answer
c. turn the TV off, tell others to be quiet and then answer
11. You’ve just heard a new song by your favorite artist. Usually you:
a. can sing some of the song afterwards without difficulty
b. can sing some of it afterwards if it’s a really simple song
c. find it hard to remember how the song sounded but you might recall some of the words
12. You are best at predicting outcomes by:
a. using intuition
b. making a decision based on both the available information and ‘gut feeling’
c. using facts, statistics and data
13. You’ve misplaced your keys. Would you:
a. do something else until the answer comes to you
b. do something else, but keep trying to remember where you put them
c. mentally retrace your steps until you remember where you left them
14. You’re in a hotel room and you hear the distant sound of a siren. You:
a. couldn’t identify where it’s coming from
b. could probably point to it if you concentrate
c. could point straight to where it’s coming from
15. You go to a social meeting and are introduced to seven or eight new people. Next day you:
a. can easily picture their faces
b. would remember a few of their faces
c. would be more likely to remember their names
16. You want to go to the country for your holiday but your partner wants to go to a beach resort. To convince them your
idea is better, you:
a. tell them sweetly how you feel: you love the countryside and the kids and family always have fun there
b. tell them if they go to the country you’ll be grateful and will be happy to go to the beach next time
c. Use the facts: the country resort is closer, cheaper, and well-organized for sporting and leisure activities
17. When planning your day’s activities, you usually:
a. write a list so you can see what needs to be done
b. think of the things you need to do
c. picture in your mind the people you will see, places you will visit and things you’ll be doing
18. A friend has a personal problem and has come to discuss it with you. You:
a. are sympathetic and understanding
b. say that problems are never as bad as they seem and explain why
c. give suggestions or rational advice on how to solve the problem
19. Two friends from different marriages are having a secret affair. How likely are you to spot it?
a. you could spot it very early
b. you’d pick up on it half the time
c. you’d probably miss it
20. What is life all about, as you see it?
a. having friends and living in harmony with those around you
b. being friendly to others while maintaining personal independence
c. achieving worthwhile goals, earning others’ respect and winning prestige and advancement
21. Given the choice, you would prefer to work:
a. in a team where people are compatible
b. around others but maintaining your own space
c. by yourself
22. The books you prefer to read are:
a. novels and fiction
b. magazines and newspapers
c. non-fiction, autobiographies
23. When you go shopping you tend to:
a. often buy on impulse, particularly the specials
b. have a general plan but take it as it comes
c. read the labels and compare costs
24. You prefer to go to bed, wake up and eat meals:
a. whenever you feel like it
b. on a basic schedule but you are flexible
c. at about the same time each day
25. You’ve started a new job and met lots of new people on the staff. One of them phones you when you are at home. You would:
a. find it easy to recognize their voice
b. recognize it about half the time
c. have difficulty identifying the voice
26. What upsets you most when arguing with someone?
a. their silence or lack of response
b. when they won’t see your point of view
c. their probing or challenging questions and comments
27. In school how did you feel about spelling tests and writing essays?
a. you found them both fairly easy
b. you were generally OK with one but not the other
c. you weren’t very good at either
28. When it comes to dancing or jazz routines, you:
a. can ‘feel’ the music once you’ve learnt the steps
b. can do some exercises or dances, but get lost with others
c. have difficulty keeping time or rhythm
29. How good are you at identifying and mimicking animal sounds?
a. not very good
c. very good
30. At the end of a long day, you usually prefer to:
a. talk to friends or family about your day
b. listen to others talk about their day
c. read a paper, watch TV and not talk
How to Score the Test
First, add the number of A, B and C responses and use the following table to arrive at your final result.
Number of As x 10 points =
Number of B’s x 5 points =
Number of C’s x -5 points =
Total points =
Number of As x 15 points =
Number of B’s x 5 points =
Number of C’s x -5 points =
Total points =
For any questions where the answers didn’t accurately reflect your life or you left them blank, award yourself five points.
Analyzing the Result
Most males will score between 0-180, and most females 150-300. Brains that are ‘wired’ for mainly masculine thinking usually score below 150. The closer to 0 they are, the more masculine they are, and the higher their testosterone level is likely to be. These people demonstrate strong logical, analytical and verbal skills and tend to be disciplined and well-organized.
The closer to 0 they score, the better they are at projecting costs and planning outcomes for statistical data, with their emotions hardly influencing them at all. Scores in the minus range are high masculine scores.
These scores show that large amounts of testosterone were present in the early stages of the fetal development. The lower the score for a woman, the more likely she will be to have lesbian tendencies.
Brains that are wired for mainly feminine thinking will score higher than 180. The higher the number, the more feminine the brain will be, and the more likely the person is to demonstrate significant creative, artistic and musical talents.
They will make more of their decisions on intuition or gut feeling, and are good at recognizing problems using minimal data. They are also good at solving problems using creativity and insight. The higher the score is above 180 for a man, the greater the chance he will be gay.
Males who score below 0 and women who score above 300 have brains that are wired so oppositely that the only thing they are likely to have in common is that they live on the same planet!
Scores between 150-180 show compatibility of thought for both sexes, or a foot in both sexual camps. These people do not show a bias for either male or female thinking and usually demonstrate a flexibility in thinking that can be a significant advantage to any group who are going through a problem-solving process. They have the predisposition to make friends with both men and women.