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Are Women and Men Wired Differently? Part 1
I liked your comment to her article. I agree with everything you say. I have to wonder why she feels the science makes her “inferior.” I don’t see empathy and communication as being inferior to motor skills and perception. As you state, they are just different from each other. I have always considered myself a feminist, though many are reluctant to affiliate themselves with the term. What’s to hate about social, political, or economic equality? I am not a scientist, but it’s hard to ignore the biological differences between men and women. It doesn’t excuse bad behavior from either sex, but it does help us understand each other. That’s the beauty of value-neutral scientific data.
Angela, It’s great to see you see up and about and responding to blog posts! I’ve been delinquent in keeping up this one, but I’m sure you understand. My reply to her blog post will be up in a few days. Keep on getting better!
Joanne, I’m feeling great. Life is very good at the moment. Looking forward to your rebuttal post on the topic.
Jo Anne, of course I agree. The recent NSF survey showing 26% of Americans (N = 2200, but I don’t know about their ages or educations) think the sun revolves around Earth was extremely discouraging! Having spent my professional life in science education, I’m not sure whether to be depressed or angry.
Some of the antipathy toward explaining human differences in biological terms may be political. In the 1980s, when I proposed explaining some things with sociobiology, and rashly mentioned E.O. Wilson, my committee–faculty members in the school of education at a prestigious university–nearly foamed at the mouth. They felt that environment, especially that provided by education, explains all behavior. I found a less controversial topic rather than prolong my long years in school any more.
I agree, Carol. I once got into a mild “controversy” with a social scientist, who didn’t even want to believe that taste aversions in humans had resulted from evolutionary selection!
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I definitely believe that, overall, men and women, are wired differently. I don’t need a degree in neuroscience to see what I clearly see in my kids. It’s a very small control group to base my conclusion upon, but, perhaps, I’m wired to think this way, too. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of your series!
Thanks, Tricia! You have noticed the difference in your two children. I had three girls, so I just didn’t realize how much gender difference there was in children until I had grandchildren, most of whom are boys! The boys are sweet (in their own ways) and straightforward, but by and large, they would just as soon throw something as sit quietly and play with it. So that was an eye-opener for me. And then, too, I am a biologist, so I realize that animals have gender-distinct behaviors. So I guess we just have to accept that we are truly animals. Most of our moral precepts (and religious rules) are efforts to tame that animal so we can just get along!
Jo Anne – you are spot on that it’s high time to quit focusing on differences. Doesn’t matter whether those differences are based in economics, sex, politics or religion. It’s time for tolerance. Time to enjoy the differences diversity brings and to respect everyone’s right to his/her own opinion. No more “I’m right/you’re wrong” stuff. A world in which we all thought, looked and acted the same would be pretty boring, pretty fast!
I agree, Jane, enjoy the differences. As long as all persons are honored.
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