[Noisebridge-discuss] Fwd: Some interesting thoughts on "benevolent sexism"

Mitchel McAllister xonimmortal at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 5 22:39:45 UTC 2013

--- On Fri, 4/5/13, Garrett Smith <dhtmlkitchen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Posting order restored.
> On 4/5/13, Rachel McConnell <rachel at xtreme.com>
> wrote:
> > On 4/5/13 2:30 PM, Garrett Smith wrote:
> >> On 4/4/13, Rachel McConnell <rachel at xtreme.com>
> wrote:
> >>> I always kinda wondered why I cringe when
> someone is astonishedly
> >> Astonishingly.
> >>
> >>> pleased that as a woman I
> [code|weld|CAD|etc].  That ought to be a
> >>> compliment, right?  Excellent discussion
> here.  Go Sci-Am!
> >>>
> >> Men and women have different brain matter and this
> may well explain
> >> why men tend to excel at math, logic, mental
> rotation, problem solving
> >> and the like and why fewer women tend to seek out
> careers which
> >> require such skills.
> >> are you fucking kidding me?
> >
> I can see you're getting frustrated! Try and calm yourself
> down. Take
> a deep breath and RELAX, Rachel! Nobody is hurting you, OK?
> Are men really different than women? I hate to be captain
> obvious, but
> yes, men are different than women (don't shoot the
> messenger!)
> Try searching some of those terms. Here's a good one:
> "mental rotation" sex.

This, children is an example of an oppressive argument tactic. By implying that the other person is "too sensitive" or "too invested" in the subject, the speaker removes from the other person any say in the argument.

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