Ask A Genius 181 – Gender Equity and Similarity (Part 1)
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
May 28, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: I found a quote by Steven Pinker. It is something to talk about:
Feminism as a movement for political and social equity is important, but feminism as an academic clique committed to eccentric doctrine about human nature is not.
Eliminating discrimination against women is important, but believing that women and men are born with indistinguishable minds is not.
Freedom of choice is important, but ensuring that women make up exactly 50 percent of all professions is not. And eliminating sexual assaults is important, but advancing the theory that rapists are doing their part in a vast make conspiracy is not.
Rick Rosner: That is an interesting quote to me. In that, he brings up some valid points, but the points that I think most people – and I think would include most feminists, and I shouldn’t speak for feminists – would concede is not a part of their agenda.
I’d say the early part of Second Wave Feminism, if that’s what 70s feminism and on is, might be Third Wave Feminism. Yea, there were some people who promoted the idea that kids are genderless, except as conditioned by society.
With the largest argument being that if you give boys dolls, they will be as happy with those things instead of giving them things that are stereotypically gender appropriate, and that kind of stuff is kind of obsolete to a great extent.
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