August 8th, 2006

Men's brains are different.

On Sunday, the SF Chronicle printed a front-page article on a UCSF neuropsychiatrist's research indicating differences between the brains and thinking patterns of different sexes. The second segment of the article, which continues on page A6, is headlined "WOMEN'S BRAINS ARE DIFFERENT" in enormous type across all six columns.

I don't object to competently conducted scientific research showing differences between the sexes. I do object to wholesale generalizations such as "Men have O'Hare airport as a hub for processing thoughts about sex, where women have the airfield nearby that lands small and private planes." (Brizendine) or "Women live emotional lives. Men do not." (contributed by a reader).

And i do object to a headline that turns "the sexes are different" into "women are different". Different from what? The ultimate standard of measurement that is everything non-female? How nice to know that the editors of the Chronicle think of half of us as these weird aliens or something.