Disciplinary action is being taken against Lisa Keogh, 29, over “offensive” and “discriminatory” comments that she made during lectures at Abertay University, Dundee.Here is what you are supposed to believe:
The mature student was reported by younger classmates after she said women were born with female genitals and that “the difference in physical strength of men versus women is a fact”. The complaints have prompted a formal investigation into her conduct. ...
She was accused of saying women were the “weaker sex” and classmates were “man-hating feminists” when one student suggested that all men were rapists and posed a danger to women.
Since the dawn of MRI, neuroscientists have worked ceaselessly to find differences between men’s and women’s brains. ...This is ridiculous. Of course crude brain scans do not explain all the brain differences in ability and beahvior. There are huge differences that are apparent to all.
But as a neuroscientist long experienced in the field, I recently completed a painstaking analysis of 30 years of research on human brain sex differences. And what I found, with the help of excellent collaborators, is that virtually none of these claims has proven reliable.
Except for the simple difference in size, there are no meaningful differences between men’s and women’s brain structure or activity that hold up across diverse populations. Nor do any of the alleged brain differences actually explain the familiar but modest differences in personality and abilities between men and women. ...
The absence of binary brain sex features also resonates with the increasing numbers of people who identify as nonbinary, queer, nonconforming or transgender. Whatever influence biological sex exerts directly on human brain circuitry is clearly not sufficient to explain the multidimensional behaviors we lump under the complex phenomenon of gender.
Deny sex differences might be comforting to the nonbinary, but it does not really help the cause of the transgendered. Those believe that sex differences are real and large, and that motivates their desire to shift from one to the other.
If there were really no differences, then no one would bother trying to switch.
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