Did you know that the average man has more estrogen than a post-menopausal woman?
This seems to have major implications.
But before I contemplate them, let’s remember that as men age, their testosterone levels fall, just as estrogen levels fall in aging women.
Doesn’t that suggest that the two genders become more alike, hormonally? Or more genderless, perhaps?
Testosterone is what men worry about most, judging from TV and radio ads. They want more energy and they want a stronger pee stream. They want to be more impressive, down there. All kinds of fake supplements promise to make these manly dreams come true.
But you never see ads that target female insecurity about being female. There are products we’re supposed to need to be more attractive, but none that promise to make us more womanly.
Personally, I already feel much too girly. I wouldn’t mind feeling more manly if it increased my sense of direction or gave me a taste for beer, instead of white wine. I’d like the opportunity to mansplain all the time. I’d like to appreciate hard rock more, and to not panic when my computer acts funny.
When I used to lift weights at a gym for bodybuilders, you could always tell who was on testosterone: The men had bad tempers and the women had facial hair. It probably increased their sex drive, but who wants to fuck a bad-tempered man or a woman wearing aftershave? They appeared to sublimate that drive by screaming “TWO MORE REPS!” and grunting like agonized pigs.
I’m going to do some research on the function of estrogen in men, but meanwhile here’s something interesting.
Another study found that testosterone supplementation in elderly men increased spatial memory and verbal memory. This testosterone supplementation also naturally increased estrogen levels due to the enzyme aromatase. If aromatase was blocked, estrogen would not increase and spatial memory improved, but not verbal memory.
Well duh, because men are good at spatial shit and women are good with verbal shit! Our brains are different whether you like it or not.
Unless, as we get really old, our brains – starved of hormones – begin to work alike, with both genders forgetting the name of that actor and wondering where they put the scissors.
Thoughts, cisgender men and women?
photo: Jay Boogie by Campbell Addy