Treating Men Like No Other Group

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, wrote that women differ from men in behavior and genetic heritage and for those reasons we need more women and fewer men in positions of power ["One Gender's Crash," op-ed, Jan. 4]. I have two questions.

First, didn't Lawrence Summers resign his presidency at Harvard after causing a stir by suggesting there might be a genetic difference explaining why more men than women excel in math and science?

Second, how does Spar get away with maligning a demographic group? Her column not only alleged a scientific variable by sex but continued as a long diatribe against men -- specifically white men -- going back to the "fall of Rome."

Spar's comments may be acceptable and even praiseworthy at Barnard, but how did they get into The Post? You wouldn't denigrate any other sexual or racial classification in that manner and certainly not at such length.

-- Eugene G. Windchy


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