[Marxism] Transgendered scientist on sexist socialisation, from both sides of the fence

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 21:34:50 MDT 2012

As an MIT undergraduate, Barbara was one of the only women in a large math
class, and the only student to solve a particularly tough problem. The
professor "told me my boyfriend must have solved it for me," recalls Prof.
Barres, 51 years old, in an interview. "If *boys* were raised to feel that
they can't be good at mathematics, there would be very few who were."


Women doubt their abilities more than men do, say scientists who have
mentored scores of each. "Almost without exception, the talented women I
have known have believed they had less ability than they actually had,"
Prof. Petsko wrote. "And almost without exception, the talented men I have
known believed they had more."

Which may account for what Prof. Barres calls the main difference he has
noticed since changing sex. "People who do not know I am transgendered
treat me with much more respect," he says. "I can even complete a whole
sentence without being interrupted by a man."

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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