The Boston Globe runs a piece arguing that the “gender gap” in the sciences may be attributable, not to institutional discrimination, but rather gendered differences in career interests. Jessica Valenti replies that there are these three girls who are awesome at science, so there. In other words, the way to rebut the scurrilous stereotype that “women like to work with people, and men prefer to work with things” is to respond to a statistical argument with a personal anecdote. For all I know, the Globe piece is totally off-base, but this is not the most compelling riposte ever.
How Not to Make a Point
May 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments