Skip to comments.NOW Says Harvard President Lawrence Summers Should Resign
Posted on 01/21/2005 10:39:10 AM PST by presidio9
The National Organization for Women has called for the resignation of Harvard University President Lawrence Summers.
Summers offended feminists last week when he suggested that "innate" differences in men and women may help explain why men dominate math, sciences and engineering.
But according to NOW, the long history of male domination in these fields is attributable to "sexism" and other social constructs.
CALMING RUFFLED FEATHERS Summers, the former US Treasury Secretary from the Clinton administration, has offered a series of increasingly contrite apologies to those whose sensitivites were upset by his observations. In his third official apology, posted Wednesday night on the Harvard website, Summers insisted that he "deeply" regreted "the impact" of his comments.
"Summers' suggestion that women are inferior to men in their ability to excel at math and science is more than an example of personal sexism, it is a clue to why women have not been more fully accepted and integrated into the tenured faculty at Harvard since he has been president," said NOW President Kim Gandy in a press release.
PRESSURE FOR POLITICAL PROMOTIONS In their press release, NOW said they planed to begin "watching" Harvard University to make sure they promote women to faculty positions in math and science regardless of their ability: "Will Harvard encourage women as students in the 'hard' sciences, promote more women in faculty positions, and step up the recruitment of women for teaching positions in math and science departments? Or will Harvard be thwarted in achieving these goals with Summers at the helm?"
UNFORGIVABLE IDEAS "Apologies are not enough," said Gandy. "Summers must go, and Harvard must start with a clean slate."
GIRLS SMARTER THAN BOYS In a related story, in Britain, Minister of Parliament and Chairman of the Commons Educational Committee Barry Sheerman insisted that women are more intelligent than men, and said that the government should not become "obsessed" with boys failing in school. "We should celebrate this, shouldn't we?" said Sheerman. "The brightest kids are coming through and they happen to be women."
They're eating their own!
SHUT UP, GANDY....GO FIX ME A CHICKEN POT PIE!!
His real mistake was to apologise because it will never be enough. He took that first step onto the slide down he goes ...
but, if he groped someone (ie: once) or had raped a woman but it was some years ago, he could keep his job?
This same "sexism" is also responsible for the fact that of the participants in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball, approximately 100.000% are males. < /sarcasm >
He made no such suggestion. He suggested that innate differences in the general population of men vs. women may mean that FEWER women than men are able and inclined to excel in these fields, and that this might explain the lower percentage of women in the upper echelons of these fields. He did not suggest that the women who excel in these fields are inferior to the men who excel in these fields.
Men didn't need laws, commissions or quotas to 'oppress' women. If they're smarter than us, why don't they just take what they want and quit whining? (sarcasm)
FUR SHUR the ol'gals in NOW are incapable of working in serious research science.
Virtually the entire Harvard staff should resign.
NOW are a bunch of sexless, man hating, witches!
Lawrence Summers pointed out the obvious, men and women are different and some women just can't cut it, plain and simple. Why is NOW so offended??? Perhaps if they looked past themselves, step out of denial, they would see Summers has a point.
"His real mistake was to apologise because it will never be enough. He took that first step onto the slide down he goes ..."
Agreed, he had NOTHING to apologize for, why can't people just accept the truth for what it is and get over themselves.
...or taken advantage of a subordinate intern? That's okay.
Taking advantage of an intern was the Republican's sole reason for impeaching the first black president.
...well, so much for academic freedom as well as free speech!
OK, I dare you to post that picture of the two young feminists with the unshaved armpits and words on their bellies. That's what I think of when I see the word NOW.
that is soooooo right..........he wasn't expressing his own views except to try and throw out a debate.....these libs are cry baby alarmists who get their feelings hurt awfully easy...........God I hate "PC"
If ever there were an irrelevant bunch of nobodies....yet these witches stood by and did nothing throughout the Xlinton dictatorship.
"Summers insisted that he "deeply" regreted "the impact" of his comments."
When someone vociferously shows hurt or, more specifically, offense by something I firmly believe I needed to say, I learned a decade ago a response similar to him:
"Gee, I'm sorry you feel that way."
I think I may like this guy.
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