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Scientists push back over criticism that they pander to political correctness for rejecting genetic-based male-female differences

Mainstream journals increasingly publish studies that reveal how misleading assumptions about the sexes bias the framing of hypotheses, research design and interpretation of findings…Some of the errors and traps we identified included human neuroimaging studies with small sample sizes, and the common “snapshot” approach, which interprets neural associations with sex as a matter of timeless and universal male and female essences…We also expressed concern about studies that draw on and reinforce stereotypes….

But misplaced fears of the effects of feminism on science potentially threaten this. [In 2016], a number of news articles reported that scientists had been ignoring medically critical sex differences in the brain, for fear of being labelled sexist.

[We believe that] many variables correlate with biological sex, including things such as body weight and muscle mass, as well as human-specific variables such as reinforced skills and experiences. If these aren’t taken into account, differences between the sexes may be inappropriately chalked up to the effects of biological sex. And the results of this misattribution can be harmful for women and men.

 

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