Wednesday, January 19, 2005

More on Summers

Here's an excellent article from Mixing Memory on why Summers is wholly wrong about girls being just wired wrong for doing math and science:

And everyone who has been leaping up to defend this guy?

Just sit down.

It's like women novelists. Women chess champs. Women surgeons.

Why weren't there any women novelists for all those centuries? And now all of sudden we have women novelists falling out of the trees?

If you had asked a community of bloggers in 1750 (had we had blogs in 1750), "Why are there so few women novelists compared to male novelists, eh? Possibly is it genetic, eh?" you might have gotten all the stupid squidgy women are just not capable of writing novels, women just aren't smart enough to write novels, women would just rather raise babies crap we're getting about this Summers statement --

But bang, a hundred years later, bazillion women novelists.

What happened?

A market for women novelists, that's what happened.

Or, to put it more clearly, guys like Summers stopped claiming that women couldn't write and started publishing women's novels, and what do you know? All of a sudden? Women are writing novels.

Open graduate schools to women?

Women start getting Ph.Ds. (In higher numbers than men do).

Let women go to medical school? Law school?

Here come the women doctors and lawyers.

Hmm. Imagine that.

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