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Old 08-08-2017, 11:06   #16
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Originally Posted by Enoch Powell View Post
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I think it’s really important to discuss this topic scientifically, keeping an open mind and using informed skepticism when evaluating claims about evidence. In the case of personality traits, evidence that men and women may have different average levels of certain traits is rather strong. For instance, sex differences in negative emotionality are universal across cultures; developmentally emerge across all cultures at exactly the same time; are linked to diagnosed (not just self-reported) mental health issues; appear rooted in sex differences in neurology, gene activation, and hormones; are larger in more gender egalitarian nations; and so forth (for a short review of this evidence, see here.)

But it is not clear to me how such sex differences are relevant to the Google workplace. And even if sex differences in negative emotionality were relevant to occupational performance (e.g., not being able to handle stressful assignments), the size of these negative emotion sex differences is not very large (typically, ranging between “small” to “moderate” in statistical effect size terminology; accounting for less than 10% of the variance). So, using someone’s biological sex to essentialize an entire group of people’s personality would be like operating with an axe. Not precise enough to do much good, probably will cause a lot of harm. Moreover, men are more emotional than women in certain ways, too. Sex differences in emotion depend on the type of emotion, how it is measured, where it is expressed, when it is expressed, and lots of other contextual factors.
That's the crux of my question. We can debate differences between the sexes all day and I doubt anyone believes men and women are literally identical, but what, specifically means men are better at working in somewhere like Google than women? This particular scientist seems to be saying they'd actually be irrelevant and should have no bearing on the person's ability to do the job. He even pays attention to a claim someone has probably made that women tend to get too emotional over stuff. Men do as well, just in different ways for different reasons. Still not objective enough to make either sex 'better' in that environment.
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