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October 03, 2007


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Well, here are some fairly impressive studies to start with, from a NYT article a couple years ago. I don't have links to the actual academic papers, though if someone could find them, that'd be awesome:

"Dr. Urry cited a 1983 study in which 360 people - half men, half women - rated mathematics papers on a five-point scale. On average, the men rated them a full point higher when the author was "John T. McKay" than when the author was "Joan T. McKay." There was a similar, but smaller disparity in the scores the women gave.

Dr. Spelke, of Harvard, said, "It's hard for me to get excited about small differences in biology when the evidence shows that women in science are still discriminated against every stage of the way."

A recent experiment showed that when Princeton students were asked to evaluate two highly qualified candidates for an engineering job - one with more education, the other with more work experience - they picked the more educated candidate 75 percent of the time. But when the candidates were designated as male or female, and the educated candidate bore a female name, suddenly she was preferred only 48 percent of the time."


Thanks for bringing that up, Neil. Even more evidence.

Well, a true skeptic, yes. But an ideologue who is committed to denying sexism to further his sexist ends? No.

"If he's pro-choice, he might consider laws that enforce "waiting periods" on women requesting abortions. When was the last time the state told him he wasn't fit to make a medical decision without thinking it over just a few more times? "

FYI, many states, including California (where I live) require men to wait 30 days before getting a vasectomy.

feminism turned the loving act of opening the door for women to a kind of "no I can do it myself. do you think you're better then me?!" kind of thing. it's out of respect for women. it's unfortunate that feminism has turned a loving act into a victimisation of women.

But do you think facts can ever convince a skeptic?

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