Thursday, June 11, 2009

Double standard in the fallout from the following statements

"'I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experience, would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion" - and then defines 'better' as a 'more compassionate, and caring conclusion.'" Sonia Sotomayor, presumptive Supreme Court justice, quoted in Time Magazine

"[I]n the special case of science and engineering, there are issues of intrinsic aptitude, and particularly of the variability of aptitude, and that those considerations are reinforced by what are in fact lesser factors involving socialization and continuing discrimination."
Lawrence H. Summers, ex-Harvard president, explaining the higher proportion of men in high-end science and engineering positions

Lesson: Differences between the sexes may only be pointed out when women are portrayed as better than men.