Sunday, August 28, 2005


claptrap on men being smarter than women

There is lately a buzz on the latest scientific evidence for the men being smarter women. You get conservatives saying "we told you so" and of liberals and feminists going on about sexism. People fail to realise that intelligence is a cultural ideal in America. Once you make supposed scientific evidence showing men are smarter females, you are denigrating a section of the population. Research like this matters. It was not long ago that women were refused from studying in universities or studying science. It was generally thought that women had the mental acuity of a child, they had the legal status of children. And I am sure there were lots of scientific research during those times supporting the status quo.
Men are probably smarter than women on average, sorry women. One cannot discount the fact that thinking like this does prevent women from excelling in science and math. And why not, if women are expected to be dumber than men and the people who are in positions of real influence are men. "Scientific evidence" does lead to cultural expectations, scientists should not pretend to be in a cultural vacuum. Controversy over topics like these do show that intelligence has greater cultural currency than nuturing or maintaining social networks or supposed feminine skills. So maybe the answer to this problem is for society to value more feminine assets. That isn't going to happen if the so called liberal feminists keep denigrating the more feminine assets and want to achieve equality by claiming the more masculine assets. Women should be able to be housewives without being looked down upon. Women should be able to be scientists without being thought of as unwomanly. In short women are not all the same. Alas human beings find it easier to deal with generalities and women have the short end of the stick in terms of stereotypes.
The important problem seems to be that how can we as a society both encourage women to study science and math and still think that men are more likely to be genuises than women? We have never been able to do it; there is 1000 years of western history to prove it.
To all you women out there, you should do whatever the fuck you want to do. If you want to stay home and raise kids that is your perogative. If you want to study math and learn all about the measure theory and lie groups, that is your choice. One simply cannot let cultural expectations dictate one's place in life.

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