Sunday, February 20, 2005

Losing Battles

You need to be an academic to beleive that there is no difference between men and women. Or someone very sympathetic to academics. Slate's Meghan O'Rourke argues that the Larry Summer's comments at Harvard have educated him on how little he understands the nuances between socialization and genetics, and how he should not have blabbed on about something he clearly does not understand. In actuality, I think the world (or at least the fraction that reads papers and cares about this issue) is getting educated on the intellectual caliber of Harvard's faculty in particular, and academics in general.

Incidently, one additional reason why men are overrepresented in jobs that require long dedication to work is because the are not allowed by society to be stay-at-home dads. Once your outside option is devalued, it is less costly to sacrifice your life to work. So the problem from this point of view is not discrimination against women, it's discrimination against men.


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