My Take

Women are better at some things than men

Even today, otherwise highly intelligent men are getting into hot water for making disparaging remarks about women; I won’t fall into the same trap

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 1:59am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 2:09am

Over the years, I have observed how highly intelligent and even brilliant men have got themselves into hot water by claiming women are innately inferior in various intellectual tasks. They obviously know it’s not the right thing to say, but they say it anyway. They all think they are speaking truth to political correctness. It’s more like delusion of male grandeur.

The latest furore has to do with a 3,000-word internal memo circulated by an unnamed male engineer at Google criticising the tech giant’s gender diversity policy.

“The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and ... these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” he wrote.

He thinks men are better at “systematic thinking” and so are more likely to become programmers, while women are “directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas”.

Oh dear! The incident has been widely reported around the world. The question his bosses should really ask is: how did he find time to write such a long memo?

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In 2005, former US treasury secretary Larry Summers caused outrage, leading to his eventual resignation the following year as president of Harvard University, when he speculated, in a lecture, that innate differences between men and women may be a viable hypothesis when it comes to aptitude in maths and science. This may account for their under-representation.

I once had a friend in college who went on to become a famous academic philosopher and an authority on Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher. He once told me, in all seriousness: “The Question of Being – that’s a question that would never be raised by a woman… Women can’t do philosophy, not at that [highest] level anyway.”

One of my journalist heroes was the late Christopher Hitchens, who once wrote an infamous and distinctly unfunny article on why men are funnier than women.

He claims men need humour to get women into bed and spread their seeds. So what is common how-to-get-girls advice is turned into a tenet of evolutionary psychology – that’s journalism for you!

I don’t know much about maths, science and computer engineering – I am feminine that way. But I do spend a lot of time watching stand-up comedians on Netflix. I find female comics much funnier and sharper than the guys, who are usually just obnoxious and loud.