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Because a lot of those gender differences are cultural and social rather than biological, and these assumptions often have unfortunate implications. Everyone assigns value to abilities and characteristics whether they know it or not. So while it sounds innocent enough to say that women are better at crunching numbers and men better at word problems, in the real world that could turn into the assumption that women are better at uncomplicated, menial tasks that only require simple arithmetic, while men are more rational, best suited to lead or manage.

There does seem to be some evidence from evolutionary biology which reinforces old stereotypes--for example, men tend to have a tighter grasp on spatial relations and perspective, while women focus on the details. The trouble comes when thos
Posted:8/19/2008
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Carrie T, Houston, TX, United States , 21 , Female , White/Caucasian , Bisexual
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