In an otherwise sharp post (a professor suing students? wtf?), hairybeast let’s loose some really smelly bull:
Back in the 1980’s, feminists ran into a scientific wall. Their assertion that the genders were equal in all things (aside from certain surface physical abilities) began springing leaks when science departments on campus (who had originally been recruited to prove the truth of this) started collecting data that belied this article of feminist faith. Like a series of underground A-Bomb tests, the controversy rumbled below the surface for years. The controversy pitted geeky science profs against hairy-legged feminists (neither likely to get laid by the opposite sex) and became so toxic that womens studies departments even picketed their own science departments. But most of the battle was conducted in faculty meetings, with feminists flexing their political muscle to squelch research projects they now knew were likely to produce results inimical to their faith, or throw heretics out of the bunker (*Cough! Larry Summers!). But the truth eventually leaked out.
The sexes (sex being physiological, gender being pyschological) do have differences. Women have a slightly larger corpus callousum. They don’t have a smaller forebrain. They don’t have a shriveled husk of a hippocampus. In short, the idea of a biological basis for any observable differences in the performance of men and women in particular fields isn’t supported. Not by science anyway. But pop science might have a few pointers for desperate anti-feminists. Speaking of desperate, what’s with the hairy legged feminist stereotype? Seriously, you’re breaking that out hairybeast? And they have trouble getting laid? Nice. Way to imply this professor just needs to get laid. Haven’t heard misogynistic tripe like that before. Very original sir.
The only truth about differences between the sexes is the very real barriers our society constructs and heavily reinforces. And that is a truth far too many people refuse to acknowledge, let alone tackle.
Having taken classes where a professor considered disagreement with his politics evidence of lack of effort on the part of the student, I think what this professor did was incredibly stupid and shitty. Why couldn’t hairybeast have pointed that out without trotting out an irrational hatred of women and liberals? (all while accusing the same of irrationality with a deeply seated irony. Bonus.)