Just to make sure that my own position is crystal, I realized that women are different than men when puberty arrived. Do these differences translate over into the sciences or other academic areas? I’m not a statistician so I’m not qualified to say. I’m firmly dedicated to equal rights for all, so I think that everyone should be judged on a one-for-one basis.
No matter what he actually believed, Larry Summers certainly should have kept his mouth shut, though. You’d think that the Pres of Harvard would have known that.
Now the Harvard faculty is screaming for his blood, which is to be expected. But the part of the story from tha last link that really stood out was this little passage.
Others in the gathering of about 250 faculty members spoke of a climate of fear in the university and a crisis of confidence in his presidency.
The crisis of confidence I can understand, but “climate of fear”??? What the heck do these guys have to be afraid of?
The author of the news item goes on to say that the concern is that Summers created a “climate of fear and intimidation”.
That was fast. It’s only been, what, a month? And people have been denied admission to the university, or denied tenure, or didn’t get their degrees, all due to their sex since then?
Or maybe female undergraduates have been beaten up and harassed in the halls since his remarks. That’s the requirement before I’d call a situation a “climate of fear and intimidation”.