Now, this kind of thinking applied to sex differences has led to deep hostility to the very idea of evolved differences between women and men. And feminists in particular have led this opposition. Of course, ‚feminism‘ covers a multitude of views. There’s often not much in common between the unreconstructed Marxists of the British Left, the ‚post-modern‘ jargon-generators and the CEO who’s flicking shards of glass ceiling from her padded shoulders. But one thing on which most schools of feminism agree is that they’re anti-Darwinian. Even the so-called ‚difference‘ feminists, who ‚celebrate‘ ‚us‘ versus ‚them‘, prefer to invent differences rather than defer to science. I find it all very dismaying — and, as a Darwinian and a feminist, doubly dismaying.
I think this retrenchment stems from a vague belief that you can’t have fairness without sameness. I say ‚vague‘ because, once you say it, you can see it’s obviously false. But lots of strands of feminism have somehow got themselves committed to the view that if men and women are in any ways fundamentally different it will undermine the quest for a fair and egalitarian society. What originally inspired feminism was the idea that women shouldn’t be discriminated against qua women — where it was irrelevant that they were women. Being barred from universities or owning property or whatever, not because they were incapable but because they were women. But that original inspiration gets into a terrible twist when you deny evolved sex differences. Things have got to the point where there’s expected to be some kind of 50:50 representation of men and women everywhere — universities, workplace, politics, sport, childcare. So, if women are under-represented, it’s put down to sexism alone. Well, whether or not sexism is operating, evolved sex differences certainly will be — differences in dispositions, skills, interests, and ambitions. So women are very likely to make systematically different choices from men. And it’s that — not blanket 50:50 distributions — which we should expect fair policies to reflect.
Da hätten wir ja zumindest ein verbindendes Element in den verschiedenen Denkansätzen gefunden. Der ganze Artikel ist sehr interessant, ich denke ich werde noch ein paar Mal auf ihn zurückkommen.