July 14, 2006

MIND SCIENCE OF THE MIND

This story about a transgender scientist facing less discriminations after becoming a man, courtesy of Ritchey.

Quote from one of the scientists peer/detractors: "Is it essential to women's progress that women be indistinguishable from men?" he asked. "It confuses the issue of fairness with sameness. Let's say the data shows sex differences. Does it become okay to discriminate against women? The moral issue of treating individuals fairly should be kept separate from the empirical issues." Lawrence said it is a "utopian" idea that "one fine day, there will be an equal number of men and women in all jobs, including those in scientific research."

The irony is this dude's sorry belief that he can preserve the patriarchal ivory tower Mr. Wizard clubhouse is the real utopian vision at hand.

Posted by Jessica at July 14, 2006 11:02 PM | TrackBack