Monday, March 26, 2007

Larry Summers was right about at least one female

From a "Fresh Air" commentary by Geoffrey Nunberg, via Feminist Law Professors: Dr. Louann Brizendine's book, The Female Brain, which David Brooks thinks is wonderful, and which has been discussed and "reviewed" cutely and positively throughout the news media, has a flaw--everything in it is fabricated. Brizendine, instead of relying on available research, pulled the "facts" out of her ass and got away with it. Not one media outlet columnist chose to check actual scientific research before discussing the book.

You will recall that Brizendine asserts that women talk significantly more than men, that women talk faster than men that women think about sex once a day, etc. None of it has any basis in fact. None.

There are some conclusions (not based on research) that can be logically drawn from this: 1. Members of the news media are lazy and couldnt' care less about accuracy. 2. The news media is very happy to present ridiculous stereotypes about women any time it can. 3. Americans do not have the slightest interest in whether "information" is factual.

Oh, and conclusion number 4: Dr. Brizendine is an unethical doctor who will do anything for fame and money.


All that being said, shouldn't the publisher shoulder part of the blame for failing to recognize rubbish and/or fabrication? Are there no longer editors and fact-checkers capable of substantiating truth in a non-fiction work they intend to publish before it is published? Perhaps Dr. Brizendine's credentials should be a little more closely scrutinized and the evidence of her lies passed along to her peers?

By Blogger Bubba, at 4:03 PM  

The publisher should shoulder a great deal of the blame, in my opinion. But let's face it--it's been obvious for some time now that the editors do nothing at all. I can't imagine fact-checkers at work.

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