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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Crudest of crude gender stereotypes

Zack Beauchamp writes:
Fox News has published another sexist op-ed by Suzanne Venker, the author who became infamous for attacking a fictional “War on Men.” In the follow up piece, Venker argues that women are naturally men’s inferiors.

The author believes the crudest of crude gender stereotypes are built into male and female brains, arguing that women “like to gather and nest and take care of people” while men “are hunters: they like to build things and kill things.” ... These views are not supported by modern neuroscience, which finds that brain differences between men and women are hard to pinpoint and often a result of social pressures rather than biology.
He cites an article arguing that some men learn female behavior and some women learn male behavior, and hence we must distinguish gender and sex:
Instead of simply dividing their subjects by biological sex, they also gave each subject a test of psychological “gender:” a questionnaire that assesses each person’s degree of masculinity vs. femininity — regardless of their biological sex — based on their interests, abilities and personality type. ...

Yes, men and women are psychologically different and yes, neuroscientists are uncovering many differences in brain anatomy and physiology which seem to explain our behavioral differences. But just because a difference is biological doesn’t mean it is “hard-wired.”
The argument that sex differences are hard-wired comes mostly from the LGBT lobby, and not Venker.

Suzanne Venker co-wrote a book with Phyllis Schlafly, and she has obviously touched a nerve with her latest article. Like last year's Why You're Not Married, that drew 1000s of comments.

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