Friday, August 11, 2017

Fight for mental retardation equality

About the recent Google-fired-guy debate over biological differences in males and females when it comes to work in tech or leadership positions.

In short, my opinion is that average person should not care about it at all.

Long: If you a smart girl with IQ over 130 and you decided to hangout only with smart people like you, then prepare to be in predominately male crowd for the rest of your life. Not a big deal. Smart people do not care about penises and vaginas much. If you as IQ130+ person won't be snobbish like that and start to hangout with average people you'll find that all of them, no matter of their sex, are equally stupid. Though sometimes, when you are in a good mood, you can see it as somewhat amusing.

As an average IQ male should I feel pride over the knowledge that there is more males in IQ group over 130?
First, it doesn't change my IQ and second, for a person with IQ 110 there are as much smart men out there as there are smart women. Should a girl with IQ 110 feel bad about the same thing?
For exactly the same reason.

There are biological differences in how brain works between males and females. There is a solid proof of that and it doesn't come from success story magazine. If we look at research on autism there is huge inequality here [1,2]. Ratio of males to females getting autism is like 4.3:1 and this is a general case. Some research shows that for specific cases like Aspergers syndrome it's even worse, like 12:1.

If we start to fight for equality in mental retardation it will be a comedy. We either lower the bar of mental retardation for women (hello XIX century hysteria) or kick out excessive males from care they need. Non of these options are good.

1. Van Wijngaarden-Cremers, P. J. M., et al. (2014). "Gender and Age Differences in the Core Triad of Impairments in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 44(3): 627-635.
2. Fombonne, E. (2003). "Epidemiological Surveys of Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders: An Update." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 33(4): 365-382.