Roy F. Baumeister, Is There Anything Good About Men?
I’m sure you’re expecting me to talk about Larry Summers at some point, so let’s get it over with! You recall, he was the president of Harvard. As summarized in The Economist, “Mr Summers infuriated the feminist establishment by wondering out loud whether the prejudice alone could explain the shortage of women at the top of science.” After initially saying, it’s possible that maybe there aren’t as many women physics professors at Harvard because there aren’t as many women as men with that high innate ability, just one possible explanation among others, he had to apologize, retract, promise huge sums of money, and not long afterward he resigned. What was his crime? Nobody accused him of actually discriminating against women. His misdeed was to think thoughts that are not allowed to be thought, namely that there might be more men with high ability ... to suggest that men are smarter than women is wrong. No wonder some women were offended. But that’s not what he said. He said there were more men at the top levels of ability. That could still be true despite the average being the same — if there are also more men at the bottom of the distribution ... the data are there, indeed abundant ... There are more males than females with really low IQs. ... All those retarded boys are not the handiwork of patriarchy. Men are not conspiring together to make each other’s sons mentally retarded. Almost certainly, it is something biological and genetic. ... Nature rolls the dice with men more than women. ... It’s true not just with IQ but also with other things, even height ... Again, there is a reason for this, to which I shall return.
Fascinating stuff, in that “i knew it all along but hadn’t thought about it this way” kind of way. RTWT.