Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Larry Summers: complete jerk
It's hard to know whether to expect more from the president of Harvard University, or whether to expect just this. This being Lawrence Summers's remarks at a conference arguing that men outperform women in maths and sciences because of biological differences and that discrimination is no longer a career barrier to female academics. Interestingly enough, under Summers Harvard has hired less women.
During Dr Summers's presidency, the number of tenured jobs offered to women has fallen from 36% to 13%. Last year, only four of 32 tenured job openings were offered to women. (from the Guardian)In a quote in the Guardian, Richard Freeman, another Harvard asshole, exposes the kind of sexism that is at the root of this problem.
"Some people took offence because they were very sensitive," said Dr Freeman, an economist at Harvard and the London School of Economics.Yep, those hysterical women, overreacting to everything. They probably all had PMS, right Dr. Freeman? In conclusion, Summers is a jerk (and Freeman is as well).