Angier, Natalie. "What Makes a Parent Put Up With It All?" New York Times, 2 November

 

Angier, Natalie. "What Makes a Parent Put Up With It All?" New York Times, 2 November
1993, pp. C1, C14.

Here is more of the sort of biological reductionism which is so popular with the Times and with
Science magazine. The model of human behavior used here is a vole, a rat-like mammal of the
Southwestern United States. In the vole, biologists have discovered that two hormones control
sociability. Those hormones are oxytocin and vasopressin which seem to be sex-specific.
"...(T)he power of the hormones extends far beyond physiology." (p. C1)

Having studied the vole, these students of behavior are quick to project them on to human beings.
Angier does admit that such projections tend to be "...inflammatory in this sociocultural
implications..." (p. C14) but goes right on to draw out the implications.