Letter to The Daily Telegraph
14th September 2010
I was interested in your article today about the differences between men and women, but I am not sure that these are the differences to which Gina Rippon was referring. The differences that you mention are mainly emotional differences, and it is my understanding that she was trying to maintain that there is no difference between men’s and women’s brains. This is, of course, not true.
Many IQ tests have shown that the average IQ of men and women is exactly the same, but within that, there are many differences. For example, there is a much wider distribution of men’s IQ than of women’s. In other words geniuses and idiots tend to be men. In any tests involving words, women do very well, much better than men. On the other hand, in tests involving spatial relations, for example, women are not good at all. That is why very few women are engineers. It is not that they have not been allowed to be engineers; it is simply that they are not good at it. Another example is chess. Women have been playing chess for centuries, but they cannot compete with men. When it comes to common sense, women are more reliable than men, but when it comes to logic, women are not able to compete.
There must be at least 1 million women in England who can beat me at Scrabble, but I have never met a woman who understands logic, not even Mrs Thatcher, on the one occasion that I dined with her.
D P Marchessini