No, Animals Do Not Have Genders
How do we know that gender is not simply a biological fact? What makes it cultural, rather than analogous to sex-differentiated behavior in animals?Photograph by Susanne Nilsson / Flickr Animals do not have genders. And although this statement is universally accepted by those who study and theorize about gender, there is a lot of confusion […]
Outraged By the Google Diversity Memo? I Want You to Think About It
Damore was fired, basically, for making a well-meant, if amateurish, attempt at institutional design, based on woefully incomplete information he picked from published research studies. But however imperfect his attempt, he was fired, in short, for thinking on his own. And what example does that set?Photograph by Verco That leaked internal memo from James Damore […]
Are We Being Too Superficial About the Gender Problem in Science?
Hope Jahren, a geobiologist at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, is “very cynical about efforts to get girls into science.”Photograph by GSK / Flickr Why should the share of women in a given occupation affect its average pay? It’s a curious inverse relationship. Census data show that when the former increases, the latter decreases—when […]
Why Sex Is Mostly Binary but Gender Is a Spectrum
Genetics:A short genetic history of one of the most profound dimensions of human identity.