As a case in point, several recent articles about how men and women relate to dogs and cats furnish us with some basic lessons about how we interact with our animal companions. But, in the process, they also shed some interesting light on the precariousness of our beliefs about differences in the sexes. Finally, they provide vital instruction concerning some of the classic foibles that are inherent in the use of some kinds of scientific methods.
Murphy, D.H. (1983). Sex roles, companion animals--and something more. International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems, 4(3), 173-174.