Re: Genderless societies [was Re: kathryn's comments]

Cynthia (
Sun, 12 Sep 1999 09:51:55 -0700

Elizabeth Childs wrote:

> Michael, Bryan, Robert - I'm curious where you guys are located
> geographically. I live in Berkeley, California, where the women are loud,
> the men are in touch with their feminine sides, and practically everyone
> seems to be bisexual. While I do think there are some significant
> differences in male and female personalities that are probably biologically
> influenced, this tendency you guys have to put the whole human race in
> either a "girl" box or a "boy" box is alien to me. The people around me
> differ much more between individuals than they do between genders, and I
> think most of the research supports me on that.

We are all relatively smart people here, and we tend to live lives that keeps us away from the common folk. We tend to think that people with an IQ of 130 are average, and that people with an IQ's of 120 are pretty stupid. I sometimes watch talk shows in order to find out what stupid people are really like. They make my boss seem positively brilliant in comparison.

So our personal experience is dealing with intelligent people, who are highly individualistic, complex, and flexible. But this hardly is helpful in understanding things like the OJ jury. People who are average or below average are very different. And most of them seem to be stuck in a rut of typical male or female type behavior.