Skip to comments.Women and Men Are Equal
Posted on 08/16/2017 4:46:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
Google fired software engineer James Damore for writing a 10-page memo critical of the company's diversity policy. The memo violated the company's code of conduct by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" by suggesting that biological factors were part of the cause for the male/female gap in the tech industry.
I shall make the case that Google's actions were totally justified. Other than differences in certain physical attributes such as genitalia, capacity to give birth and the presence of functional mammary glands, males and females are identical in every other respect. Any remaining male/female differences are a direct result of oppression, discrimination and victimization by the larger society. To examine just one aspect of female victimization, let's examine the majors of female college students compared to their male counterparts.
According to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, there are significant sex differences in college majors. For example, though women and men are equally represented in the population at large, women make up only 17 percent of engineering degrees conferred compared to 83 percent conferred to men. How can such a gross disparity be explained? I recommend an investigation to discover whether colleges are steering women away from higher-paying fields such as engineering and into lower-paying fields such as education and social sciences. Seventy-seven percent of education majors are women and so are 64 percent of social sciences majors.
One wonders how such a disparity among equals can exist. I have personally visited George Mason Univeristy's Volgenau School of Engineering. There are no signs forbidding women from becoming an engineering major. But just because there are no visible prohibitions doesn't mean there is no evil plot against women. A number of years ago, I took a tour of UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Not only did I observe a paucity of women but also, because of the racial appearances of the students in some of the classes, I could have easily been in Asia. Colleges have the power to ensure that there are just as many female as male engineering majors. They can mandate that fewer female freshmen major in social sciences and education and instead major in engineering. To balance this all out they can disallow large numbers of men from majoring in engineering and instead force them to major in education or the social sciences.
Although Damore's memo was seen by Google as "advancing harmful gender stereotypes," at least he didn't make any suggestion of male/female IQ differences. Doing so would have led not only to his firing but being ordered to leave the state of California. A number of studies show that male IQ has greater variance than female IQ. In other words, female IQs show less variance and cluster toward the middle. Males IQs have more variance and therefore occupy the extreme high and low ends on the intelligence scale. That boils down to the fact that there are more male than female geniuses. But on the down side there are more male than female morons. Since men run the IQ tests and probably rig it against women, the claim that there are more male geniuses could be bogus.
Kay S. Hymowitz's City Journal (summer 2011) article, "Why the Gender Gap Won't Go Away. Ever," shows that female doctors earn only 64 percent of what male doctors earn. But it turns out that only 16 percent of surgeons are women, whereas 50 percent of pediatricians are women. Even though surgeons have put in many more years of education and training than pediatricians and earn higher pay, should their salaries be equalized? Alternatively, medical schools might force more female medical students to become surgeons and force male students to become pediatricians to promote wage equality.
You say, "Are you serious, Williams? Or are you making light of the Google firing of James Damore?" My vision is that Damore has the right to say whatever he wishes about the company's racist and sexist diversity policy, and Google has the right to fire him for saying it.
Wait - Walter Williams is talking about human biodiversity?
He’s obviously a racist sexist.
We're surely designed differently.Men typically have worthwhile abilities and traits that women don't.Women typically have worthwhile abilities and traits that *men* don't.
As wildly imperfect human civilization is,and always has been,it would be far worse were it not for the unique abilities that both genders possess.
Equal but different... What is so hard about that?
I’ve always maintained that equality is not something that is handed to you but something that you assume. When you claim to be oppressed and seek “equality “, you have already established your inequality. You have assumed a submissive role and you are now appealing to your “betters” to see you as an equal.
That approach is doomed to failure. You need to assume equality for yourself!
Case in point is the Asian people, who were discriminated against in the country for decades. But they educated themselves, worked hard, and now, by and large, are one of the most successful peoples in our nation. They refused to accept the fact that they were helpless victims. The same can be said for other groups.
Some time ago I was going out with a woman who was a graduate of Radcliffe,which was once this country's female equivalent of Harvard (and which was eventually absorbed by Harvard).
A fellow classmate and friend of hers was the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Harvard at the time.She once told her that were it not for Harvard's "affirmative action" admissions policy the Freshman classes would be made up entirely of Asians and Jews.
The official dogma of the feminists and of the official definors of the culture is that women have all of the beneficial attributes of men and many other noble characteristics that men lack. Any perceived numerical superiority in status, income, honors of men is caused by oppression of women by men.
The irony is glaring but most shade their eyes so as not to see it. If women were the physical equals of men and the moral and intellectual superiors of men then only in anomolous historical circumstances could men have been the rulers of societies, great nations or foraging clans.
Anyone who thinks men and women are identical should try marrying my ex wife.
Why should women settle for being equal?
Walter E. Williams is the voice of reason in a field of insanity.
How many women are in the NFL?
The NFL would love to have women players.....but how many can make the cut?
He sure is.
It's not that the thing that is different is hard.
It is the thing that is hard is so different.
President of Harvard, Lawrence Summers, speaking informally in January  at the National Bureau of Economic Research Conference on Diversifying the Science & Engineering Workforce, observed:
“It does appear that on many, many different human attributes-height, weight, propensity for criminality, overall IQ, mathematical ability, scientific ability-there is relatively clear evidence that whatever the difference in means-which can be debated-there is a difference in the standard deviation, and variability of a male and a female population. And that is true with respect to attributes that are and are not plausibly, culturally determined.”
He was then forced to resign.
Men and women are also equal in the eyes of law.
When it comes to matters of personal preference and choice, though; all bets are off.
Every remedy that Williams suggests removes the option for an individual to pursue their own interests in favor of top down limits on specific fields. He’s intentionally being absurd with forced quotas. The end result of such forced quotas is a large number of people who will never pursue an education because the choices are not interesting.
Now we need to get the NFL and its leftist commissioner to ensure that all NFL teams are 51% women (with a couple of transgenders thrown in.
We can’t have an NFL that doesn’t represent the people.