I did not intend to do another post on feminism this week, but Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has offered a few remarks that are worth noting and quoting.
In an interview with Oliver Burkeman Pinker remarks on the fact that the academic thought police have stifled conversation and studies of gender difference.
Given this tyranny, you might say that we can’t have too many posts debunking it.
Beware of dogmatic ideologues who want to control your mind.
Burkeman reports on his interview with Pinker:
"The possibility that men and women might differ for reasons other than socialization, expectations, hidden biases and barriers is very close to an absolute taboo," Pinker tells me. He faults books such as Lean In, by Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, for not entertaining the notion that men and women might not have "identical life desires." But he also insists that taking the possibility of such differences seriously need not lend any justification to policies or prejudices that exclude women from positions of expertise or power.