We feminists are lucky to have men pointing out our mistakes

SOMETIMES it’s hard to be a woman. Other times, life is made that little bit easier by thoughtful gestures by the opposite sex. A door held open here, a mood-lifting “cheer up love” there … it’s a wonder feminists still find so much to moan about. This week I was indebted to reader Steve Arnott for very kindly explaining my column about science and sex differences back to me while assuring readers that ground-breaking bodies of work by women scientists amount to nothing more than “conspiracy theories”.

When Cordelia Fine sat down to write an introduction centred on the idea of a keyring made of dog testicles, I bet she never imagined anyone would accuse her of writing a bland book. But perhaps with his use of “pabulum” to describe Testosterone Rex, our correspondent instead wished to convey “mediocre, unsatisfying or worthless”. Let’s hope he forwarded a copy of his letter to the judges of the Royal Society’s science book of the year award – who, like me, are presumably a bunch of uncritical, easily pleased testicle obsessives.

Read the rest of this column at thenational.scot

Published in The National on April 13 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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