Why didnít this topic go away? Why this article has to be thrown on my face and all other female SOLOists here? Who are you intended audience?
I just want to say one thing. Yes, there are massive and distinct biological difference between men and women. However, in your article, Robert, have you carefully examined which of those differences are indeed inborn characters and which are the results of the influence of the environment?
For example, when you said ďdiffering cognitive styles that are typically (though not exclusively) preferred by the two sexes, respectivelyĒ and ďMen tend to be more focused in single directions, women more exploratoryĒ. Ok, Iíll assume itís may be true. But when you continued ďMen, for example, tend to be more aggressively career-focused and -driven, with relationships taking a back seat; women, the reverse. Men tend to be less altruistic, more aggressive, more interested in financial success, more fascinated by technology, less interested in spirituality, than are women.Ē How did the studies sift out the environment influence in such observations? Especially for those girls growing up in a culture dominated by the male mind set in Western history, literature, and just everyday contact with people like you and Luke?
I have obviously lived in a completely different world. Luke asked for opinions from people raised in different cultures, and perhaps from another gender? Why donít we just look at some concrete examples here? Why donít we dissect that of Ayn Randís life? I can attest that women like Rand do exist; they are among scientists, professors, entrepreneurs, etc. They are among my mentors, my colleagues, my friends, other scientists that I know, and female SOLOists Iíve seen here.
But whatís the point?! Youíve already claimed that these would be the exceptions, which only proves the rule. Yes, we may be exceptional, and you are obviously not.