Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Stupid is as stupid does ...

Judging sex difference from points of masculine vs feminine 'lights' (The Way S/he Moves, by Rachel Zelkowitz, Science NOW Daily News, 9 September 2008).
Researchers often study these kinds of signals using something called a point-light figure, a collection of dots arranged in a human form. The figure is supposed to convey minimal information, but simple manipulations--broadening the dots on the shoulder region or narrowing dots that represent the waist--can make figures seem more masculine or more feminine.
There seems to be a profusion of 'science' studies making amazingly silly assumptions about behavioral sex differences from remarkably biased testing that seems to satisfy male assumptions about female thoughts, behaviors and motivations.

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