A Northern Territory researcher says studies show women can be just as violent as men and social changes are behind a reported rise in violence among young women.
A senior lecturer in psychology at Charles Darwin University, Dr Peter Forster, says there is no truth to the argument that testosterone levels make men more aggressive.
He says social factors such as the rise of feminism in the last few decades could be behind the rise in violence amongst women.
“We’ve now taken away the expectation that women will behave differently to men,” he said.
“It used to be that one of the biggest differences was that women were more peaceful, they were peacemakers.
“[But] that kind of inhibition to be violent has gradually diminished to the point where it no longer inhibits women at all.”
This relationship has already been researched in criminology and no links have been found between feminism and the increase in female violence. The links between testosterone and violence, however…