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Testosterone and politics
In the UK, a Harley Street gynaecologist has revealed that he prescribed testosterone implants to five women MPs
, to help them be more aggressive and assertive in parliament, and thus compete better with male colleagues.
Which raises a number of questions; is the Westminster parliamentary system inherently macho and masculine? Is politics really just atavistic territorial posturing, with all the haughty rhetoric about "rational debate" being little more than a polite fiction?
And will the increased number of women in parliament lead to a less confrontational, more conciliatory style of politics (as many have hoped), or will it, coupled with medical technology, just create a unisex gladiatorial arena?
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