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Venus huic erat utraque nota

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 13, 2006

"Neuroscientist, once a woman, says he saw gender bias firsthand."

Not a misprint, a headline in the Boston Globe.

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  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jul. 17, 2006 1:09 PM ET USA

    Tomecom; I know what the article "says" but my comment was based on the subtext of the article--specifically with regard to "Mr." Barres' antipathy toward Larry Summers. I'm quite sure that the problem Barres has with Summers is the speech Summers gave back in January 2005. The speech did not advocate discrimination against women in mathematic and scientific fields, it simply pointed out that there were reasons other than discrimination that could account for the lack of representation.

  • Posted by: JW - Jul. 16, 2006 1:12 AM ET USA

    Hammer of Heretics, you're hammering the wrong argument. I think s/he is making the argument that there is a bias against women in the professional sciences, and s/he experienced it when s/he was anatomically female. S/he isn't so much addressing the issue of whether or not women are as good at science as men, as the issue of whether or not men discriminate against women in science. Her, er, his points, at least prima facie, seem to hold weight.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jul. 15, 2006 11:56 AM ET USA

    Oh the irony! Barres says he's a man trapped in a woman's body and he has an operation so that his "mind" matches his body. But he can't have it both ways. If his mind is "male," then the argument that women are just as good as men at science can't be made based on his case, can it?

  • Posted by: JARay - Jul. 14, 2006 10:59 PM ET USA

    Venus huic erat - This was Venus utraque nota - and a sign in another direction.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2006 10:45 AM ET USA

    Anyone who would hate herself so much as to mutilate her body needs a little brain surgery.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2006 6:39 PM ET USA

    Can all you Latin scholars do us wannabes a favor and give us some translations?

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Jul. 13, 2006 2:32 PM ET USA

    In the last paragraph of the article, a quote from Jennifer Raymond: "...Women can internalize things..." is clearly a sexist remark and I am deeply offended.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jul. 13, 2006 1:29 PM ET USA

    I've been following the Larry Summers issue with some interest and have read Harvey Mansfield's take on it in the Claremont Review of Books. A person so confused about their identity that they get a sex change operation to become a man and then say they are a "radical feminist" is as much of a self parody as is possible in our day and age. Summers comments were valid. I've seen nothing said by his critics that merits much in the way of interest. This Boston Globe included.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2006 1:20 PM ET USA

    A fine quotation. Perhaps if he had been familiar with Ovid, he might have stayed where he/she was (one case where the slash might be acceptable): "dicta Iovis firmat" Tiresias; quae sunt: voluptas "maior vestra [Iuno] profecto est, quam quae contigit maribus."

  • Posted by: JW - Jul. 13, 2006 12:56 PM ET USA

    While we certainly can't condone the mutilation that is sex change surgery, his/her observations are interesting and may well be valid.

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