One is the idea that gender is natural. The other is the idea that men and women are competing for resources, or that they're at odds somehow always. And I think that these pop cultural ideas are reinforced by the kinds of narrative structures that journalists are asked to write within. Because just like novel writing or blog writing or any other kind of writing, science journalism and technology writing have particular genres and narrative structures within those genres. So, the way that we tell stories is journalists are influenced by our ideas about what constitutes an interesting character for example or, how can we talk about the story in the context of conflict.

For the purposes of this talk, I'm going to be using the term 'gender' to talk about cultural and social norms among humans. And sex is simply a biological condition, right? So, it can be anything from neurological differences between the sexes to anatomical differences.