Re: political correctness according to Hugo de Garis

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 06 Jan 1997 15:37:15 -0500

David McFadzean wrote:
> At 12:19 AM 05/01/97 +0000, Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> [snip]
> >were, (iii) that one of the greatest known ancient mathematicians of
> >all time, Hypatia, was murdered by monks and her library burned
> >simply because she was a woman,

I've always wanted to learn more about her, but I've only been able to
find very little. Stoned to death with abalone shells, ugh.

and (iv) what about Marie Curie, the
> >Countess of Lovelace, Sappho?
> >
> >You could also point out that until very recently most women were
> >prohibited by law from attending school or even reading books, and that
> >these prohibitions were often enforced through beatings or commitment to
> >asylums. It is believed that many women who exhibited signs of early
> >genius were treated as socially rebellious or mentally anamolous.
> I don't want to seem like I'm defending de Garis's views, but he doesn't
> disagree with anything you have said. He says that if women have been
> underrepresented historically because the Man has been keeping them down,
> then we should have seen an increase in the proportion of female geniuses
> in last 30 years. But he claims they still represent around 5%.

Is this based on actual public women of achievement, or on statistical
data one IQ test scores? Given the established behavior of boys & girls
in a coeducational environment, it is to be expected that the
environmental influences on the development of genius would be
repressive toward women, thus influencing scores and statistical
standing. If a study was done of men educated in male only schools and
women educated in female only schools (for the majority of their
educational careers), I would imagine that the stats would be much
different. Many of the women of achievement one notices in public life
tend to be graduates of womens colleges, disproportionate to the number
actually in such programs.
> --
> David McFadzean
> Memetic Engineer
> Kumo Software Corp.


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