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Update, 6/94). As in Stossel’s other recent reports, Boys and Girls presents protection of corporations as consumer protection. “Legal fees will . . be passed on to you if you or your kids take an SAT test. ” In fact, a federal judge ruled that the aptitude exam was gender-biased because its results do not accurately predict women’s performance in college—which is what the aptitude test is supposed to do. ” At one point, he demanded, “Your brains work differently. Maybe you’re not as good in math.

3. What message is Neuborne trying to send? Reprinted from Ellen Neuborne, “Imagine My Surprise,” in Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation, edited by Barbara Findlen. Copyright ©1995 by Barbara Findlen. Reprinted by permission of Seal Press, Seattle, Washington. 58 Male/Female Frontmatter 2/27/04 3:46 PM Page 59 W hen my editor called me into his office and told me to shut the door, I was braced to argue. I made a mental note to stand my ground. It was behind the closed door of his office that I realized I’d been programmed by the sexists.

Primary and secondary sex characteristics, such as body hair, wombs and testes, do not establish spatial or verbal abilities. Yet researchers continue to troll for sex differences and bankable headlines. Phyllis Burke, Gender Shock: Exploding the Myths of Male and Female, 1996. This deliberate ignorance of opposing scientific views allowed Stossel to pose as the defender of objective truth, contrasting himself with those who tailor the truth to fit their preconceived ideological notions: “If we deny what science knows 37 Male/Female Frontmatter 2/27/04 3:45 PM Page 38 about human nature, how can we create sensible social policies?

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