[FoRK] We Scream, We Swoon, We Generalize Horribly

geege schuman <geege4 at gmail.com> on Mon Mar 3 11:19:26 PST 2008

As "broad" generalizations go, this was a pretty fine one.

G "likes 'em tall and 'dark' " Schuman

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 1:58 PM, Corinna Schultz <corinna.schultz at gmail.com>
wrote:

> >the number of women in these fields will always lag behind the
> number of men, for good reason.
>
> and
>
> >Then we could shriek
> and swoon and gossip and read chick lit to our hearts' content and not
> mind
> the fact that way down deep, we are . . . kind of dim.
>
>
> Argh! This is awful!  I just picked out the two most egregious
> statements...
>
> I'll simply point out that in general, men do (and like) just as much
> stupid stuff as women do. For every chick-flick there's an action
> movie. For every stupid TV show, there's a stupid sports program (or a
> stupid sci-fi show). For every shriek or swoon, there's a "don't
> confuse me with the facts".
>
> Career success (and choice) has very little to do with IQ, overall,
> and if men overrepresent the extremes, that doesn't say anything at
> all about the vast middle.
>
> And a personal note: my career has been hampered the most by the fact
> that I'm married and I have kids. I still disproportionately care for
> and worry about domestic things, even though my husband is the
> stay-at-home parent. Go figure. Has nothing to do with IQ (his IQ is
> probably 15-25 points higher than mine).
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