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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Women's Rights - Women Are From Yer Neighborhood, Men Are From Uranus

I have long been opposed to the simplistic bullshit of "Doctor" John Gray, American "self-help" guru, uncredentialed and unqualified to offer relationship advice in light of his own failed first marriage to fellow self-help guru Barbara DeAngelis. It seems a horde of qualification-free "Doctors" abides among us, whose primary talent appears to be the ability to transfer large amounts of our hard-earned income towards the funding of their lifestyles.

Another, slightly more qualified denizen of that particular swamp is Louann Brizendine, who at least has a medical degree, which gives her the right to call herself "Doctor," even if her book, The Female Brain, is marked by passages such as this:
Common sense tells us that boys and girls behave differently. We see it every day at home, on the playground, and in classrooms. But what the culture hasn't told us is that the brain dictates these divergent behaviors. The impulses of children are so innate that they kick in even if we adults try to nudge them in another direction. One of my patients gave her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter many unisex toys, including a bright red fire truck instead of a doll. She walked into her daughter's room one afternoon to find her cuddling the truck in a baby blanket, rocking it back and forth saying, "Don't worry, little truckie, everything will be all right."

This isn't socialization. This little girl didn't cuddle her "truckie" because her environment molded her unisex brain. There is no unisex brain. She was born with a female brain, which came complete with its own impulses. Girls arrive already wired as girls, and boys arrive already wired as boys. Their brains are different by the time they're born, and their brains are what drive their impulses, values, and their very reality.
So, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Forbes is actually carrying a report of a study that shows up all these gobshites. Very great pleasure indeed. It's bad enough that rank idiots like "Doctor" Laura, whose degree was, I believe, in Nude Modelling For The InterTubes, feel the urge to foist their advice upon the public despite raising psychopaths, which sort of tends to negate their claim to relationship expertise. But when a multi-degreed medical professional steps into the same rank swamp, it's time to smack them down quick before they become established as pundits. Thank you, NIH, for doing the public a favour.

And a mighty thwack with the Bat of Clue for each offender.


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