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Is it necessary to be dim to write on feminism for the Guardian?

by | 2nd, October 2012

WE’VE another of those interminable pieces about how there just aren’t that many women in the tech industry. The actual reason goes entirely unmentioned: which is that, on average, men and women are different.

Simon Baron Cohen has proven this quite conclusively. In The Guardian itself no less. Programming and tinkering with engineering stuff requires a certain cast of mind if it is to be done successfully. This particular type of mind is more common in men than it is in women.

No, this does not mean that no women have it: it does not mean that women who do are unfeminine. It just means that if we select those from the total population who have this mental skill set we’re going to end up selecting more men than women. Baron Cohen points out that it is exactly this very same mental difference which leads to the very much higher rates of autism among males than among females. And it’s not some conspiracy by the patriarchs, it’s just a simple

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