On Engineers And Personal Shoppers

Too much attention has been paid to the admittedly dreadful fate of those little girls who wanted to play with erectors sets instead of dolls and to be engineers when they grew up.

Less attention, unfortunately, is paid to the way in which other little girls are taught by their mothers to mock little boys for playing with erector sets instead of with dolls. When she has grown up into a humanities professor, the second sort of little girl learns to parlay her contempt into theory-heavy indictments (erector sets as patriarchal death technology and so forth) of everything in which males are interested. The Manichaean and self-serving assumptions of the humanities professor then feed back into the culture and reinforce the next little girl’s sense of innate superiority. After a couple of generations, everyone has learned to apply novel criteria of sexual selection in order to fail any man who insists on being more interested in engineering than in fashion.

Wherever such a man is hard at work on technical devices to save lives, make people richer or generally keep civilisation running, almost half of the people whose lives are being saved, who are being made richer or who are benefiting from civilisation continuing to run will sniff and say, “Boys and their toys”, or even mutter darkly about autism. Moreover, an unwritten law of our society is that men are not allowed to sniff back about “girls and their toys” when women shop for cosmetics and clothes, not even when they are using the boys’ technology (such as smartphones) to do so. Female culture is all about condescending to the hand that feeds them.

Interest in the world for its own sake is now regarded as a neurological disorder. And no one ever questions the humanities professor’s assumption that male play about manipulating the inanimate world is Bad, while female play about manipulating other people is Good.

Yes, women call men autists and emotional dummies because we make social mistakes. And so indeed we do. But it is a lot easier not to make mistakes in a given field if you devote your entire processing power to that field. Mistakes must be accepted as the price of having some mental capacity devoted to something other than the minutiae of social hierarchy.

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  1. Written by urban
    on August 7, 2013 at 13:39
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    Haven’t heard much derisive talk about boys with their silly toys or many complaints about men and their obsessive interest in gadgets since the introduction of the smartphone. Now that everyone has a gadget that allows one to chatter endlessly AND shop for shoes, the playing field has tilted. I have no hard statistics, but it sure looks to me that women are now more obsessed with gadgets than men ever were. You go, Grrrrrrls!

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