Are Women Smarter?


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Are Women Smarter?
The intelligence of men and women has been a contentious issue. The traditional view in most western societies is that women are less intelligence then men. For example, in “Feminine Sexual Pathologies” Peter Cryle and Lisa Downing state,
In ordinary cases, however, these defects are neutralized by pity, motherhood, the lack of
ardent passion, sexual coldness, weakness,
and lesser intelligence.
Statements like this seem to suggest that women are inferior to men. They are seen as less emotionally and intellectually developed. Motherhood is seen as one of the most important cause of this inferiority.
In recent years this idea has been linked to the term “mom brain”. In The Mommy Brain Katherine Ellison declares,
And I knew...
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.....n’s argument is correct. There is evidence that “mommy brain” was created to maintain male dominance in the workforce. Parenting changes the human brain and women’s brains appear to be influenced to a greater degree. These changes result in different and improved cognitive abilities for women when they become mothers.
Cryle, Peter and Lisa Downing, Lisa, “Feminine Sexual
Pathologies.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 18, Iss.1(Jan.2009): 1-9.
Ellison, Katherine The Mommy Brain, New York, Basic Books, 2005.
Heath, Harriet, “Parenting” in Child Welfare 85, Iss.5,
Iss5,(Sept/Oct 2006): 749-767.
Lips, Hilary and Lawson, Katie “Work Values, Gender, and
Expectations About Work Commitment and Pay,” Sex Roles
61,(Jan.2009): 667-676.