Quinn Hyler is very eager for someone to press Sonia Sotomayor about how differences in judging may stem from inherent physiological differences. I hate to disappoint him, but there’s a thoroughly boring answer he could have unearthed himself with about ten seconds of research. The line originates in a speech Sotomayor gave that was exclusively about gender and judging, with no mention of race or ethnicity. In the context of that speech, from which she plundered heavily for later talks, it’s pretty explicitly a biologized version of the whole Carol Gilligan “In a Different Voice” thesis about different paradigmatically male/female ways of processing information. I hope that floating the very possibility isn’t some sort of scandalous dealbreaker, as there’s a good deal of evidence that some version of the thesis is, you know, true.
A False Gotcha
July 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments