Pink Brain, Blue Brain: Claims of sex differences fall apart. Newsweek describes Lise Eliot’s book Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gapsâ€”And What We Can Do About It, in which she reviews evidence that parents cause the differences in infant behaviour that some people claim is innate.
laughingrat on Impostors: “I wonder if, for instance, my college adviser would have been able to get away with pretending I was too stupid for graduate school–he said as much to me in a slightly gentled-up fashion–if I hadn’t myself learned to be so self-deprecating.”
FemaleScienceProfessor asks people to start seeing micro-inequities, those little niggling incidents that are so easily written off as probably not sexist, just someone having a bad day, or being a jerk.
Greta Christina discusses sexism and racism in the skeptical and atheist communities, and about how being white and male-dominated will perpetrate itself in unhelpful ways. There is some overlap between these communities and geekdom, so it isn’t surprising to hear that some of the defensiveness is similar.