Feminism, Brains and the Workplace
© Peter Zohrab 2006
Shulamith Firestone was a Feminist writer who
did enough thinking about Feminism to realise that there were some conflicts
between Feminism and Biology. If there is a conflict between Feminism and
Biology (to paraphrase her words), so much the worse for Biology !
In that context, and in view of the way that Feminism has become mainstream
in the West, it is not surprising to find the following (and other similar)
passage(s) in the book Brain Sex, by Anne Moir and David Jessel:
"Some researchers have been frankly dismayed at what they have discovered.
Some of their findings have been, if not suppressed, at least quietly shelved
because of their potential social impact. But it is usually better to act
on the basis of what is true, rather than to maintain, with the best will
in the world, that what is true has no right to be so" (on page 7 of
the 1991 Delta edition).
Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that Western Democracies prided
themselves on their free press, freedom of expression, and freedom of access
to information ! What does Democracy mean, if Feminists are able to suppress
inconvenient scientific facts, like Stalin and Hitler ?
"The Cambridge University Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen published
research on the 'male brain' in a specialist journal in 1997, but did not
dare talk about his ideas in public for several years. One reason for this
absurd taboo is that we cannot think objectively because our minds are full
of wayward beliefs and delusions -- 'ghosts'. And one of these ghosts is
the dogma that all groups of people, such as men and women, are on average
the same, and any genetic distinctions must not be countenanced. Such ghosts
bias our perceptions and censor our thoughts.... Baron-Cohen presents evidence
that males on average are biologically predisposed to systemise,
to analyse, and to be more forgetful of others, while females on average
are innately designed to empathise, to communicate, and to care for others."
Two points need to be made here:
It is obvious that the ability to systemise and analyse is much more
useful for high-level positions in the workplace than the ability to empathise,
to communicate, and to care for others.
So it is Feminism that has inflicted this undemocratic censorship ghost
on us, and it is Feminism that has imposed sex-based Equal Employment Opportunities
and Affirmative Action policies on us. If Equal
Employment Opportunities means that everyone has the same opportunity to get
a job which their abilities suit them for, then it must surely be a good thing.
However, it often seems to mean that pressure will be applied to get more
women (and selected other groups) into jobs than would get there on merit
Equal Employment Opportunities policies are often deliberately vague, but
the basic idea seems to be that, if a male and a female candidate are equally
qualified for a particular job, the female candidate will be selected, if
there are fewer females than males in that workplace. This is incoherent,
because my impression is that two candiates are never exactly
equally qualified for a particular job: there are so many different qualifications
and experiences listed on most people's cv's, and so many different impressions
that interviewers glean from the selection interview, that one candidate almost
always has the edge over the others. So Equal Employment
Opportunities policies actually have the result that less qualified women
are preferred over more qualified men -- otherwise there would be no change
in the over-all male-female ratios in that workplace, because there are never
any situations where candidates are equally qualified !
The result of the Feminist "ghost" and of
this type of Equal Employment Opportunities policy is that our workplaces
are being dumbed down. More and more empathising, communicating, and
caring women, and fewer and fewer systemising and analysing men are being
hired. Job-descriptions are more and more being dumbed down by female-dominated
Human Resources departments so as to emphasise things that, on average, women
are good at.
14 July 2015