Gender Equality 2.0 justifies a status quo in which politics, wealth, science, technology, and artistic achievement continue to lie primarily in the hands of (white) men. This is not by any means to denigrate the importance and value of the work women traditionally do, or feminine qualities of character. But it’s worth considering philosopher Neil Levy’s argument that the idea that women are predominantly hardwired for empathizing while men are hardwired for systemizing “is no basis for equality. It is not an accident that there is no Nobel Prize for making people feel included.” When a child clings on to a highly desirable toy and claims that his companion “doesn’t want to play with it,” I have found that it is wise to be suspicious. The same skepticism can be usefully applied here.
— Cordelia Fine (via wretchedoftheearth)
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