Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Why boys are better at maths


I never used to believe women were inherently worse at math until I started to read statistics on feminist websites. Now I’m not so sure…
 
The maths gender gap has been a contentious issue for half a century now. Susan Chipman outlines the history of the hysteria here,

 The maths gender gap is decried as having a social origin by the good feminists but is blamed on biological factors by the (male) chauvinists, sexists and of course, misogynists. One of the widely reported study for the former view was released in 2008 which found that the maths gender gap is correlated with the gender equality of the country in question. The following is a refutation of this study along with the startling conclusion that in a saner society, this study would've come to the conclusion that boys are indeed better at maths and at the very least,  have more potential.

The news reports,

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2008/may/30/schools.uk1 

http://www.economist.com/node/11449804

which led to hip hip hooray at places like these:

https://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2008/05/31/girls-innately-bad-at-math-nope/


The facts relayed with massive chest-thumping were,
0)On the international student assessment test PISA:

1)The gender gaps are environmentally affected.
2)The more "gender-equal" a country, the lesser the gap between boys' and girls' performances in maths, with countries like Iceland even showing a reversal.
3)The reading gap(in favor of girls) increases further.

In the words of the lead author herself,
Sapienza said: "Our research indicates that in more gender equal societies, girls will gain an absolute advantage relative to boys."

Thus, once we've reached the gender-equality nirvana, girls would be at least equal to boys and often will be better.

The only problem, as pointed out by La Griffe Du Lion, was that while this conclusion held up with the 2003 data, the 2006 gender gaps were not correlated at all with the 2003 data. A curious thing for a study released in 2008 to use.

http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/math2.htm



A more recent study refuting the gender equality conclusion is Stoet and Geary,2013 who analysed four PISA assessments from 2000 to 2009. One of their findings is that the two gaps are inversely correlated, the higher the reading gap in favor girls, the smaller(or even negative) maths gap in favor of boys. This holds for both the countries in question and the student distributions within them.

Stoet and Geary, 2013




This finding also makes an intuitive sense, you need to read in order to do maths, especially on PISA which tests for 'maths literacy' and not classical high school mathematics, and also gives us the direction of causation.

It might also explain the lack of or smaller gender differences on the algebra portion of tests in comparison to geometry.


Interestingly, this effect was also observed in the Sapienza et al study, but the conclusion, of course, was that gender equality is driving these changes.

Gender equality in all these studies is usually measured by the Gender Gap Index, which as already discussed is more of a female superiority index which disregards female advantages and solely concerns itself with areas where they are behind.


Girls were also found to spend about 20% more time on maths homework than boys, a difference which reflects in grades. Despite boys doing better on standardized tests, they have worse grades than girls. And according to a recent study this has been true since the records were first kept.

The lack of male interest in reading is already a well-noted phenomenon, which has received scant attention compared to the gender gaps which don't favor girls; the parallels with the Gender Gap Index are totally coincidental of course.

Summing up:

1)Girls do better in reading and this difference also has repercussions for the maths gap.
2)Girls spend more effort on maths(and reading), a finding that goes against the supposedly male favoring environment of schools, at least in maths.
3)Girls also have the backing of huge social programs to succeed in maths contra male underachievement in reading skills where the difference is on the rise.


Thus the reality of the gender inequality in maths is not boys doing better due to environmental advantages but despite it.  The insistence on issues like teacher attitude and sheer ludicrousness like stereotype threat are the crutches on which feminist self-esteem relies for its much cherished gender-equality and delusions of grandeur.


PS - Age at the time of assessment is important. More girls take SAT, the verbal scores are about equal(excluding the writing scores), which gives an indication of how big the maths gap can be in absence of the reading gap.

PPS - The 70s were for maths hysteria and Title IX, the 90s for self-esteem and teacher attention crises, the current issues are video games, spatial ability and the opprobrium faced by the bossy girls. The invectives against the inequality at the top that is still in favor of boys shadows the vast waste at the average.

PPPS -
In both Study 1 and Study 2, girls ended the school year with
GPAs that were more than half a standard deviation above those of
their male classmates. Notably, girls outperformed boys in every
course subject, including both basic and advanced math. In con-
trast, gender differences favoring girls on a standardized achieve-
ment test were more modest and not statistically significant. And,
contrary to our expectation that girls and boys would do equally
well on an IQ test, the mean IQ score for girls was about half a
standard deviation lower than that for boys.




 -  Self-discipline gives girls the edge: Gender in self-discipline, grades, and achievement test scores.
     By Duckworth, Angela Lee; Seligman, Martin E. P.


Achievement scores are just less amenable to effort than grades, so even if you're looking at them and not grades there is vast wastage of potential here, unfortunately just not the right sex.


PIVS - Countries where girls do better in maths are usually developing countries or mid-eastern nations. The best girls are from northeast asia which again fare poorly on gender-equality measures.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

How Women are discriminated against in Academia

By being the only gender that could be discriminated against.

But the data, she says, show that female professors in the study actually were more likely to be second through fourth authors than first. It knocked down her theory that male scientists had failed to ask her to collaborate on academic articles because she is a woman. Since she first visited Mr. Bergstrom's lab, in fact, she has published three academic articles on which she is not the lead author. The article on gender and authorship will be her fourth.

"For me," she says, "this really showed the beauty of science, that you can have this personal experience that isn't reflected in big data."

www.chronicle.com/article/The-Hard-Numbers-Behind/135236/

Since the end result of the study had to be that women are discriminated against, the theory had to be discarded since the observations showed the opposite. And not that this evidence could be applied to the situation of men.

Instead of showing the beauty of science, it should've shown discrimination against men; but then women don't have that privilege going for them.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Feminist Gender Equality

The Gender Gap Index(GGI) is often invoked in discussions related to women empowerment in the countries ranked on its basis. The Global Gender Gap report for the influential World Economic Forum uses it for determining the gender equality the nations have reached.

However, the so-called GGI is not about the gender gaps that favor women, and only concerns itself with the gender-gaps that don't favor women. So the inequality that men face is not considered.

The wiki article states:

The report’s Gender Gap Index ranks countries according to their gender gaps, and their scores can be interpreted as the percentage of the inequality between women and men that has been closed. Information about gender imbalances to the advantage of women is explicitly prevented from affecting the score.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Gender_Gap_Report

Therefore the countries that reach 1 on it will have women who are as good as men and sometimes better.

The real feminist gender-equality in so many words.


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Male Privilege in Full Display!!

IF you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you....

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Women's Brains and Male Upper Body Strength

Stephen Jay Gould, a polemicist of science, who was recently hoisted on his own petard, wrote a book 'The Panda's Thumb' wherein one chapter was dedicated to women's brains, or the lack thereof when compared to men's. A woman called Maria Montessorri featured at the end of his essay. Gould writes of her:

She measured  the  circumference of  children's heads  in herschools and  inferred  that  the best prospects had bigger brains. But she had no use for Broca's conclusions about women. She discussed Manouvrier's work at length and made  much  of  his  tentative  claim  that  women,  after proper correction of  the data, had slightly  larger brains than men. Women,  she  concluded, were  intellectually superior,  but men  had  prevailed  heretofore  by  dint  of physical force.

And Gould then went quoting her at length:

Since  technology has abolished force as an instrument of power, the era of women may soon be upon us: "In such an epoch there will really be superior human  beings,  there  will  really  be  men  strong  in morality and in sentiment. Perhaps in this way the reign of  women  is  approaching,  when  the  enigma  of  her anthropological superiority will be deciphered. Woman was always the custodian of human sentiment, morality and honor."

It's hard to fault Ms. Monterssori's logick, the legen-wait for it-dary human male upper body strength which has been submitting beasts like lions, tigers, bears, mammoths from eternity:

samson killing a male lion (tautology is sexist)


even sharks are not spared,


Haggar piledriving a shark


or for sending rockets into space,

If only rockets weren't such a phallic triggering symbol....

and the herculean task of keeping earth in position.

shrug it off bro!

How exactly 'technology'(and where this mythological abstraction arrived from) has made force redundant as power is something that is pointless to dwell on. It's more important to consider the sad fact that women like Maria Montessori couldn't enjoy the morality and sentimentality of today's male sex. Or the female sex, if she were inclined that way. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

PS -

Who says women can't have upper-body strength? Misogynists, that's who!

Eat yer heart out Montessori

A lesson in Herstory - Women as Property

There are some hilarious ways of saying women were chattel:

Example: a man’s goods and chat(t)els - hence the reason that widows were until recently described as chatelaines. That is, the wife and the kids were/are defined as ‘moveable property’.

And then there is the more serious way of saying women were chattel: they went from their fathers and brothers to their husbands and sons(see they moved!) with the involvement of wealth(and see property, patrimony, matrimony, QED bigot!), without the sex-in-the-city woo-girl lesbian-experimentalist phase that is a fundamental right of womankind.

The perspective that women were property sounds quite absurd when male resources is a common point in discussions of mate-selection. Property, wealth, money, doesn't exactly sound what men look for in a woman, isn't that what the 'strong and independent' women bewail about?

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

The lack of male prostitution, notwithstanding the "buying women" stupidity that feminists use, is another hint.

The existence of Coverture where the legal identity of woman was subsumed into her husband's when they married, the feme sole converting to feme covert, following which her earnings and whatever she brought into the marriage went to her husband and became his property and not hers, OMG patriarchy was really evil!

This state of affairs was to continue until a brave lady by the name of Caroline Norton appeared on the scene, rather disappeared from her husband's scene, much to his chagrin.



Wikipedia recounts her property grievance:


In 1836, Caroline left her husband.Caroline managed to subsist on her earnings as an author, but Norton claimed these as his own, arguing successfully in court that, as her husband, Caroline's earnings were legally his. 


and how unfair the law was towards wives, yet Mrs. Norton certainly gave back as good as she got:

Paid nothing by her husband, her earnings confiscated, Caroline used the law to her own advantage. Running up bills in her husband's name, Caroline told the creditors when they came to collect, that if they wished to be paid, they could sue her husband.

LOLZ patriarchy hoisted on its own petard!

Oh wait...

Why did the creditors could sue her husband and not her?

The answer is provided in stark contrast when one considers what Mrs Norton's orgy of tears led to. Married Women's Property Act,  a law by which married women could keep their property to themselves and only themselves like other women could, all is well and equal, innit? NOT!

As a successful lady litigant (May, 1896) remarked to her husband, "There is no law which compels me to obey or honour you, but there is a law that you must keep me." This woman tersely sums up the position. In the case of a man of property the Courts will expropriate him for the benefit of his wife. In the case of a wage-earner the Courts from police magistrates to Supreme Court will decree him to be her earning slave, bound to work for her or go to prison. A wife, no matter if rolling in wealth, is not obliged to contribute a penny to her husband's support, even if he be incapacitated from work through disease or accident.

or the ingenuity of suffragetes much like Mrs Norton's:

Under the married women property act a husband has no jurisdiction over his wife’s property and income. Under the income tax he is responsible for her taxes. If the taxes are not paid, the husband, not the wife, is imprisoned. Mrs. Wilks refused to pay her income taxes–$185–and her husband was locked up. He will spend the rest of his life in prison unless the wife pays or the laws are changed.

First wave feminist equality in full effect. FREEDOM from pater-archy!!

So the freedom that feminists want is a freedom from responsibility when it comes to interaction with men. And of course, the same rights that a man has. Logical contradictions are for the weak-minded.

Reason exists for those who cannot go on living without clinging to it. 
-Aizen Sosuke


thank god..err technology for photoshop (from manwomanmyth.com)

back to reality


Feminism and "Feminism is not a monolith" being just a power play where men are in the wrong regardless of what women do. If you are not a feminist, you're a bad person. Become a feminist and indulge yourself in the orgy of women-empowerment and the subsequent screeching amongst feminists as to how this empowerment can be attained(Note for phallus-bearers, keep your mouth shut so that women's voices could be heard!).




So men shouldered responsibility before too, but now are sent off to jail in the name of child support(so sad too badyou should have kept your dick in your pants, Mr. Oppressor!) and have no power/authority against that responsibility(and that's the way we do gender-equality, bigot!)times they are a-changing'!

Men were property, Men are property.


Addendum:

1.)The American husband, as Mrs. Houstoun wrote in 1850, was "merely the medium through which dollars find their way into the milliners' shop in exchange for caps and bonnets."

2.) Madeleine V. Dahlgren made a case against women's suffrage by pointing out that women were unsuited for military.

Establish the right of suffrage for women and it involves a common responsibility in the duty of bearing arms, for which we are absolutely unfitted. In the discharge of of this severest of all masculine duties we cannot bear a share. If forced to do so, inferior size and strength must make inferior troops. We may therefore sum up these objections by the consideration that the present movement proposes to make the whole range of duties common to the sexes instead of the present division of the duties of life, which assigns to each sex those most appropriate.

Of course that doesn't go very far when State is much more than mere military and almost a provider husband for many women, election issues can devolve into the inanity of "War on Women", and  in our enlightened brave new world in which women can be soldiers too, bigot, at least equal and sometimes better than men.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Feminism and the Lion

Sexual assault. Attempted marital rape. Poor lioness is left gasping for breath at the end.


                 

It's female lion you sexist bigot!



Child abuse at 1:00

                 



Patriarchy in full display! Someone get me a glass of water! And call CPS quick! 




No equality in housework.



                  

Women's right to work doesn't mean there's free lunch for you male chauvinist pigs..err lions! Or dinner!



Feminism, correcting nature's sexist mistakes, one species at a time.


Before Marriage 


After Marriage

After Divorce

Pics from here.



And Finally,




EQUALITY has been had!






PS -


Male Lion against Feminism's mascot.



How ancient peace-loving egalitarian matriarchies were usurped by patriarchal violence...my poor heart weeps!




Sometimes the sisterhood goes horribly wrong.





That male lion caused all that, look how he tries to play the confused dumbo, damn you patriarchy!




PPS:

"what has this got to do with us, uncle dolan?"

BETA NOOB!





https://unmaskingfeminism.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/woman-have-quietly-snitched-from-man-his-really-human-qualities/