There are limits to how interesting I can be if I simply review the same Steven Pinker books that every similar blog reviews, so I’m making an effort to cover different ground. I recently read Martha Nussbaum’s essay Objectification, from a 1995 issue of Philosophy and Public Affairs. I chose this piece for the very simple reason that it’s the main source cited in the the Wikipedia article on objectification.
Several weeks ago, Ozy of Things of Things posted about three different ways of thinking about psychological gender differences:
- There may be no psychological differences between men and women.
- There may be population-level differences between men and women, but overlapping ranges.
- The may be differences between men and women that are so large that the ranges do not overlap.
The problem I see is that two of these three ways are trivially wrong and I think hardly anyone believes them. There are quite a few measurable psychological differences between men and women, but most of them are small, and the ranges overlap even for the large ones. I suspect that few conservative Christians or radical feminists would dispute that, and that their disagreements lie elsewhere.