Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Boys (do not equal) Girls

originally uploaded by MildlyDiverting.
I composed a fantastically long and insightfully argued post about the Harvard Mathematics Sexism affair earlier on... but unfortunately managed to close without saving. So here, instead, is a diagram rather sarcastically summarising my thoughts.

In short, social pressures to conform to accepted gender standards tend to force women away from situations where their natural logical mathematical abilities could find full expression.

Likewise, it's fairly rare to find men who embrace championship class quilting, for instance. Or Home Economics.

And yes, this is jokey. But notice that the only section I couldn't find a good disparagement for was the male expression of masculine logical thought...

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