August 03, 2006

Chicks Is Different From Dudes

Lawrence Summers says it and loses his job. I'm guessing the same fate won't befall California neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine:

Now her first book, "The Female Brain," which she describes as a kind of owner's manual for women, is due in bookstores next month. Brizendine realizes she's going to take some heat. "I know it's not politically correct to say this," she says, "and I've been torn for years between my politics and what science is telling us. But I believe that women actually perceive the world differently than men. If women attend to those differences, they can make better decisions about how to manage their lives."
Wow. A scientist who can actually separate her politics from her science. Not many of those making the news nowadays - she's a keeper, regardless of what her politics are!

Although the professionally outraged are, well, outraged:

Examining the biological underpinnings of gender difference is bunk, these critics say, because there aren't many. Last year prominent psychologist Janet Hyde examined decades of studies that compared the emotional and behavioral lives of men and women and concluded that most differences between the genders were statistically "close to zero." "There is no gender-difference phenomena to explain," she says.

. . .

Hyde, a psychology and women's studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who conducted the meta-analysis of men and women last year, says she's disgusted by scientists, writers and publishers who exploit trivial differences between the genders. Books like this "are bad for my blood pressure," she says. Dr. Nancy C. Andreasen, a psychiatrist and neuroimaging expert at the University of Iowa's medical school, says nurture plays such a huge role in human behavior that focusing on biology is next to meaningless. "Whatever measurable differences exist in the brain," says Andreasen, "are used to oppress and suppress women." [emphasis added]

Nancy, baby, go protest against Newsweek for misspelling 'womyn.'

Update: It would have been a better comparison if I'd originally spelled Summers' name correctly.

[H/T INDCJournal, not like Bill needs it or anything]


Posted by Chris at August 3, 2006 04:55 PM

Category: Campus Stupidity

finally! definitive proof!

and she said the book was like an owners manual......?

Posted by: mlah at August 4, 2006 01:03 AM

Owner's manual eh?

Does that mean it includes schematics? How about installation instructions? Or even a 'Quick Start' section?

There are just WAY too many jokes here.


Posted by: TimC at August 4, 2006 02:13 PM