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Women, Men, Science, and Communication

Marian mgc at usa.pipeline.com
Wed Mar 27 18:25:44 EST 1996

On Mar 27, 1996 12:18:56 in article <Women, Men, Science, and
Communication>, 'Eric Fairfield <fairfiel at trail.com>' wrote: 
>My daughter, seventh grade and 11 years old, is very good at science. 
Like a  
>number of talented  
>kids, she is actually very good at many things. 
>When I try to teach her about science, I have to ask whether there are  
>differences between men  
>and women in their approach to science.  I know that there have been
>but if I undo the socialization what differences are left. 
>I have tried to analyze the many men and women that I have had as mentors,
>colleagues, and  
>workers.  I find, to my surprise, that while there are some differences
>men and women the  
>majority of the variation seems to be between individuals (different
people are  
>interested in  
>different things) and in the mentors that these individuals have had. 
>I used to assume that men and women were very different but my experience
>that the  
>differences between sexes are smaller than I expected while the
>between individuals  
>are larger than I expected. 
To a certain extent I do agree with this statement.  But in my field of
anthropology, I remeber being at a faculty meeting and having all the males
in the room dominate the conversation and all the females remain timid and
I would think anthropologists would be more aware than just the run of the
mill individual.  Certain behaviors are just never shrugged off.

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