Sorry Feminists Men Are Better At Scrabble (And Geography And Math) | American Institute of Business


This is the title (except for the parentheses) of Heather Mac Donald’s editorial in Saturday’s edition the Wall Street newspaper:

Since the start of the World Scrabble Championship in 1991, all winners have been men. The North American Scrabble Championship has had a winner (in 1987) since its inception in 1978. The eight finalists for this year’s French World Scrabble Championships were men.

Competitive Scrabble is a natural experience for testing the feminist worldview. According to feminist dogma, men and women are identical in their skills and interests. If men dominate some abstract data-driven fields like engineering, physics and mathematics, this imbalance must, by definition, be the result of sexism, whether it is a patriarchal culture that discourages girls. math or an implicit bias in the hiring process.

But there are no cultural expectations that discourage women from memorizing dictionaries – a strategy typical of competitive Scrabble players, often in a foreign language the player does not speak. Girls are as free as boys to lap up vocabulary. There are also no misogynistic gatekeepers to prevent women from playing Scrabble; the game, generally learned first at home, is open to everyone. According to Hasbro, 83% of recreational Scrabble players aged 25 to 54 are women.

Championship Scrabble, however, rewards uniquely masculine obsessions: strategy, math, a passion for competition, and a willingness to memorize facts. Feminists will need to use circular logic to conjure up a discriminatory barrier to Scrabble: men’s excellence in a certain activity itself prevents women from entering. But that leaves unanswered the question of how men came to excel at Scrabble – or any other abstract, competitive activity – in the first place.

The National Geographic Geography Bee shows similar results. Since 1989, boys have won 27 times, girls twice. Nothing prevents or discourages girls from vacuuming the details of an atlas. But the National Geographic Society has already been sued for discriminating against girls based on that winning ratio alone, as economist Mark Perry noted. Expect a similar attack on Scrabble World Championship sponsor Mattel if the Scrabble numbers become widely known.

Feminists have persuaded policymakers that only patriarchal inequity can explain the male dominance of Silicon Valley and pure research. The archetypal male science geek, ignoring the demands of ordinary life in order to be able to solve a physics problem or write code, is out of sight, out of mind. But the same manic quest for mastery that leads someone to spend every waking moment leaning over a dictionary to prepare for a Scrabble tournament has also led to the computer revolution and the West’s conquest of diseases and natural disasters. Diverting time and resources from real STEM research to gender politics is reckless as China becomes increasingly competitive with the United States in the tech arena.

It is time to face the reality of the differences between men and women. Let the chips drop where they can.

deputy: The graph above shows the male superiority of high school students over their female counterparts for perfect and near perfect scores on the Math SAT Test from 2011 to 2015, according to data from the College Board (which stopped reporting this data after 2015). Consistently over the five years between 2011 and 2015, the male-to-female ratio for scores between 770 and 800, which are scores at the 99th percentile, was nearly 2 to 1. And the highest mathematical aptitude of the high school students compared to high school girls is actually even greater when you consider that more women than men have taken the SAT test in recent years. For example, 903,719 high school girls (53.2% of the total) took the SAT in 2015 compared to 794,802 boys (46.8% of the total). That year the percentage of men who achieved perfect scores of 800 points was 1.4% compared to the percentage of women with perfect scores of 0.62%, or a male-to-female ratio of 2.26 to 1.

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