Research published last week in the journal Nature reveals that women are genetically more complex than scientists ever imagined, while men remain the simple creatures they appear.Now if I were a (female) professor of biology at Harvard and I read this, I would want to throw up. And if I were on the staff at the New York Times, I would vote to have Dowd removed. And if I were a Harvard professor of mathematics, I would scream, "discrimination!" Let's wait and see if the National Organization for Women (NOW) calls for Dowd to resign.
Women are not only more different from men than we knew. Women are more different from each other than we knew - creatures of "infinite variety," as Shakespeare wrote. (link)
Of course, all this is silly. And a bit hysterical, if I'm allowed to say so. Few people even read Maureen Dowd's column anymore. And those who do, can't usually make heads or tails out of her meanderings.
But it seems, dare I say it, hypocritical for people like Maureen Dowd to become apoplectic when Larry Summers suggests there is a difference in the sexes, and then turn around weeks later and make the same observation.
Somebody needs to help me with this.