CBC television, War Of The Sexes.
We have embraced the idea that the sexes are not only equal but largelythe same. Many people feel that the differences between men and women,boys and girls, are overwhelmingly due to socialization and education.But recent science is beginning to question this assumption, and we maynot like what we hear. Could this mean war?
THE WAR OF THE SEXES is a documentary series that explores the originsof certain sexual stereotypes through a wide-ranging investigation thatcombines the excitement of a 'men versus women' challenge with thelatest in scientific research.
Episode 1: Language
Neurologists are increasingly discovering physiological differencesbetween the male and female brains. Could this new science help explainwhy women seem to have an advantage over men when it comes to language?And what role does socialization play? Language ability is put to thetest as three men and three women take part in a day-long journalismworkshop led by veteran broadcast journalists Francine Pelletier andJon Kalina.
Episode 2: Power and Leadership
In the last thirty years, women have fought to establish themselves inthe traditional male strongholds of power. But a central questionremains unanswered: when women hold power, do they do so in the sameway as men? Or is female power and leadership essentially different? Toshed some light on this contentious issue, three men and three womentest their skills as leaders at a military training camp. Through aseries of missions, we'll see how differently men and women lead as weexplore the biological and cultural roots of power.
Episode 3: Emotion
While it's clear that men and women aren't the same when it comes toexpressing their emotions, we're still a long way from understandingwhy. And the stakes couldn't be higher; more marriages fail than everbefore due to what some experts call an "emotional gap" between thesexes. Researchers have found that men and women use their brains infundamentally different ways as they feel, receive and decode emotions.To see how these differences play out, three men and three womenparticipate in an acting and improvisation workshop where theiremotions are front and centre.
Episode 4: Spatial Abilities
One of the clearest differences that scientists have noticed betweenmen and women is in something called "spatial abilities." These are theskills that allow us to situate ourselves in space, judge the speed ofa moving object, or compare different shapes of objects. Lab studiessuggest that men excel at this, but is it nature or nurture? In orderto observe these differences first hand, three men and three women takepart in an automobile rally; the two teams have to navigate their waythrough unknown territory as well as perform a series of spatial tasks.Which sex will perform better?
Episode 5: Sexuality and Seduction
As our sexual identities have shifted, men and women been forced toquestion their comfortable assumptions about love and sex. But most ofus would still agree that a woman's sexuality is different from aman's. How do hormones, psychology and evolutionary forces continue toinfluence our sexual preferences across the gender divide? To explorethe mysteries of attraction and seduction, three single men and womenmeet for a day-long intensive "encounter." Led by our guides, they takepart in a series of playful exercises designed to draw out thedifferences in their sexual attitudes and desires.
For more information, see http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/warofthesexes.html