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January 17, 2006

Marek Kohn.

I know he’s writing about race but this:

Evolutionary theory affirms that in general, male and female behaviour will differ.

Are you actually allowed to say such things in The Guardian?

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Yes but you aren't allowed to extrapolate it way beyond the evidence in order to support a dubious political agenda, which is sort of the point of the article?

Posted by: dsquared | Jan 17, 2006 12:04:51 PM

Yes. After all, on Sunday they launched Observer Woman (ably taken apart by Green Fairy, but the link isn't working today for some reason). According to Ms Fairy, it has "Mentions of politics, of any description: 0. Mention of the arts: 0. Mentions of business, money or jobs: 0. Mentions of science or technology, 0." The Guardian has discovered men and women are different, and immediately followed that with "women are stupid people who like shiny things and don't need education."

BTW, I'm not sure that "evolutionary theory" affirms anything of the sort. It's well enough explained (however partially) by Richard Dawkins, but it doesn't break down into laws similar to Newton on motion or thermodynamics. There is, however, a lot to be said for the heuristic that physiology determines behaviour.

Posted by: Backword Dave | Jan 17, 2006 4:04:38 PM

I'm with Dave, it's the nature of our species that the sexes think differently. An employer would be daft to deprive himself of the wealth of both mindsets.

I can't wait to see what Rob Read's opinion on this is.

Posted by: Auntymarianne | Jan 17, 2006 10:14:00 PM

I'm with Dave, it's the nature of our species that the sexes think differently. An employer would be daft to deprive himself of the wealth of both mindsets.

I can't wait to see what Rob Read's opinion on this is.

Posted by: Auntymarianne | Jan 17, 2006 10:14:29 PM