[LMB] OT: Gender Roles

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Thu Sep 30 19:36:31 BST 2021

On Wed, 29 Sep 2021, Matthew George wrote:
> I'm not interested in how the pendulum of popular perceptions swings to one
> trendy extreme after another.  I'm interested in the actual, factual truth.

Matthew, I reread your contribution to this thread, and all I saw 
was you pointing to unnamed "everybody knows" claims.

I pointed to a 2019 book _Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience 
Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds_. 424 pages of detailed 
argument based on state-of-the-art research in neuroscience and 

By Gina Rippon, who is Honorary Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at 
Aston Brain Centre at Aston University in Birmingham, England. Her 
research involves the use of state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to 
investigate developmental disorders such as autism. In 2015 she was made 
an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for her 
contributions to the public communication of science.

The book's overall conclusion: actual differences due to gender are either 
minimal or non-existent. Male brains are often larger, but that correlates 
to a larger overall body, not intelligence.

If you want to argue facts, critique that book.

Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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