Making the rounds this evening is a study of male and female brains that reveals — you’d better sit down for this — that they are actually wired up, and operate, rather differently. There’s an article about it in The Independent, here.
A great deal of costly and coercive public policy is based on the assumption that males and females are, in every respect except their reproductive anatomy and gross physical dimorphism, perfectly identical — and that therefore all statistical disparities between men and women with regard to behavior, life choices, representation in the workforce, social and recreational activities, and so on, are due entirely to, at the very least, obsolete cultural traditions that are remediable by aggressive re-education and social engineering, and at worst, malevolent bigotry on the part of men.
The organizing principle of nearly every human society that ever existed, until a collective, hallucinatory insanity overtook the developed world in the 20th century, is that men and women are biological and psychological complements. Throughout human history, always and everywhere, the fusion of their complementary aspects has been understood not only as necessary for the generation of life itself, but also as the psychic and social substrate upon which all societies — from the smallest tribes to the mightiest civilizations — were erected. Nowadays, though, this is a dark and dangerous heresy — the sort of opinion that can cost you your job.
It was a surprise, then, to see this comment from one of the researchers:
“It’s quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are,” said Rubin Gur of Pennsylvania University, a co-author of the study.
Yes, you could knock me down with a feather! Not the complementary part, mind you — that’s just common sense. But it’s awfully surprising to see it said.