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08 November 2011

The Curious Cases Where "Women Can Be More Like a Man!"

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historic'ly fair;
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat.
Well, why can't a woman be like that?
Why does ev'ryone do what the others do?
Can't a woman learn to use her head? _Why Can't a Woman be More Like a Man (My Fair Lady)


The eternal question, "Why can't a woman be more than a man?" finally has a medical answer: She can! It requires a bit of hormonal manipulation at a very young age, but it does happen naturally in occasional cases.

Some girls are more interested in things than people, like boys. Some girls do prefer to play with trucks than with dolls. And many of these girls do eventually grow up to enter predominantly male professions, such as engineering, surgery, mathematics, or computer science. Why are these girls different, more like a man, so to speak?
Females with CAH [congenital adrenal hyperplasia -- exposure to high levels of androgens in the womb and early childhood] are genetically female and are treated as females, but their interests tend to be more similar to stereotypically male ones.

In the study, investigators discovered females with CAH were significantly more interested in careers related to “things” compared to careers related to “people” (as compared to females that were not exposed to CAH).

Study findings are reported in the journal Hormones and Behavior.

“We took advantage of a natural experiment,” said psychologist Sheri A. Berenbaum. “We’re suggesting that these interests are pretty early developing.”

Females without CAH had less interest than males in occupations related to things, such as engineer or surgeon, and more interest in careers focused on interacting with people, such as social worker or teacher.

...Researchers believe the normal biological absence of androgen may be a reason that fewer women choose STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] careers. _PsychCentral

In the US there are plenty of STEM jobs available -- both now and for the foreseeable future -- but US students are not graduating in high enough numbers in STEM fields to fill those jobs. Those who do start out in STEM subjects too often drop out of these programs before graduation.
Since women are traditionally under-represented in STEM fields, you might think the answer to any shortages in those areas could be solved by routing more women into STEM studies. But as noted in the research above, if allowed to choose, most women without high congenital exposures to androgens will choose other subject areas, on their own.

No, Rex, it is best to allow women to be more of who they are, naturally. And to our radical feminist overlords: It is long past time to resume allowing men to be who they are naturally, without affirmative action, Title IX, political correctness, or other politically motivated distortions of the social and economic worlds.

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