I have since read Damore’s memo, which runs to ten pages, and that, too, was an education. Who knew, for instance, that you can simply read your own biased assumptions as “evidence’’? Who knew you could boldly say “men and women biologically differ in many ways’’, followed by “these differences aren’t just socially constructed because they are universal across human cultures’’, without feeling the need to qualify either statement?
Who knew you could simply ignore, for instance, Cordelia Fine’s brilliant work on “neurosexism’’ or the work of Margaret Mead, who spent time in Papua New Guinea with the Tchambuli tribe, where the men adorn themselves and gossip all day while the women do all the heavy-lifting?
Really not sure that using Margaret Mead as science really works these days, does it?