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So About The Sexism and Stereotyping in that Google Memo August 14, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Just read an article on a massive brain imaging study:

Researchers found that women’s brains were significantly more active in many more areas of the brain than men’s, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with focus and impulse control, and in the limbic areas of the brain, which deal with emotion, mood and anxiety.

On the other hand, the brain’s visual and coordination regions were more active in men.

“This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences,” Dr. Daniel G. Amen, lead author, psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics, said in a press release.

I’m sorry, I was reliably informed by Google management that gender-based brain differences are non-existent and that anybody who talks about them should be fired for perpetuating stereotypes.

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1. Cathy - August 14, 2017

Hahhahahah! This study sounds very similar to studies I heard about over 30 years ago. Same outcomes basically.

I don’t have the detail on the 30+ year studies, but I recall that they found that women are able to think and function using both hemispheres of their brain at the same time because (I’m gonna spell it badly) there are more corpus colosum fibers that remain connecting these parts of the brain AFTER the brain begins to function more in the womb — as it gets sex hormones introduced. I guess when testosterone begins to bathe the brain of boy babies, these connecting fibers snap and get disconnected. *giggle* Men function very well, but only with one or the other hemisphere at a time. That makes them great linear thinkers and probably better football players and great protectors and warriors too. *rawr!*

Could we tease you guys about brain damage?

And women may appear to be ‘more ditsy’ because men observe us thinking and processing multiple issues at the same time. That makes us global thinkers, meaning we are taking in all kinds of stimuli and ‘other’ pieces of information as we process something. This can be a bad thing or a good thing. I recall that the advice for women was to sit in the front of a university class to help us take notes in lectures AND for taking the tests too. Less distractions — better focus and speed in problem solving. thought forming, recalling, and communicating decisions.

Guys can now tease us about getting distracted by shiny objects.
You’re welcome.

I cannot dispute the results of these studies. Seem to kinda fit. But it’s important to note that there are men who ‘think’ more like women and there are women who process thought like men. I recall the study said that men who are observed to think more globally or ‘artistically’ like women generally are frequently left-handed too, but not all left-handed men process their thinking like women.

I’m comfy with all this. Kinda fits what I have personally observed and experienced in my own awareness and efforts at metacognizance. Even observed a correlation between left-handed men I know being more likely to be artistic whole-brain thinkers.

Does the recent kerfuffle answer the question about whether women are choosing their preference of a career track? Did anybody ask them? I’ve not taken time to read all that stuff. But I knew a LOT of women in the IT field who were very successful, but simply chose to leave because it was what they preferred — whether it was to stay home to have kids or to be with small kids, while being a loving supporter of hubby, or maybe to find something else they were equally successful and happy doing. I had a bit of both when I left IT.

I’ve got the image of Marisa Tomei stomping her foot on a wooden porch while saying “biological clock is ticking” right now.

If that question was not asked and is not part of the research, then the study probably has very little to add to the discussion.

Basically I’m saying — there are no victims here.

2. Sobek - August 15, 2017

I’m going to need to know the race, gender and orientation of each scientist involved in this research before I can evaluate it.

Cathy - August 16, 2017

Amen to that!

3. digitalbrownshirt - August 27, 2017

Science is sexist.

4. Mrs. Peel - August 28, 2017

My take on the memo, after actually reading it, was that if someone says, “There are measurable differences between men and women that are repeatably observed across generations and cultures,” and what you hear is, “Women are inferior,” that’s on YOU.


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