Bad science alert! Scott Adams takes on the feminist community.

// 24 June 2011


Scott Adams, author of Dilbert has inflamed the American feminist community.

Namely, in his blog post “Pegs and Holes“, he is arguing that men are round pegs being shoved in square holes because: The way society is organized at the moment, we have no choice but to blame men for bad behavior. If we allowed men to act like unrestrained horny animals, all hell would break loose. All I’m saying is that society has evolved to keep males in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness. No one planned it that way. Things just drifted in that direction.

His post (of course) ignited the web community and he bravely opened his blog to feedback asking Salon and Jezebel (of the Lower Reading Comprehension community) to return with feedback. Mary Elizabeth from Salon and Irin Carmon from Jezebel took up the challenge.

Further, Bitch Magazine has a great commentary here.

Scott Adams is now conceding he may not have everything correct. His latest blog post is asking for people who are judges, lawyers, debate coach/teachers, logic professors, psychologist (professional), and scientist to judge his sanity. I think the reason why he specified these professions is because he considers them to be NOT the lower reading comprehension community.

I encourage you to let him know what you think. I already have and I’ve posted the response here.

Dear Scott Adams,

I’m a Scientist, Woman, and self-proclaimed feminist.

BSc in Biology. BSc in Psychology. MSc in International Development. Meaning my day job is trying to figure out why there are people who don’t have enough food to eat in the day.

I have a few points I would like to contest.

1. In one of your emails to Mary Elizabeth, you had explained: “regarding men existing in a state of unfulfilled urges, I’m referring to the fact that men (gross generality alert) have hearts that want a relationship with one person and penises that want a thousand different women. ” I feel you are doing men a disservice with this statement. Despite the generalisation aside, (that you’re not describing all men with this statement), you are describing men as dogs who cannot control their own urges.

Same goes for your comments that women are are biologically less inclined for sexual variety. I would ask that you google “Girl with a one track mind”. Zoe Margolis has never been apologetic about the fact that she LOVES sexual variety and has plenty of it.

But to back it up with science because that’s what you asked for. You’re making the mistake of Biological Determinism. Satoshi Kanazawa frequently makes the same mistakes (despite teaching at the London School of Economics and is currently threatening to have his teaching privileges at the school revoked). Biological Determinism says that scientist actually have no idea what is going on between genetics and behaviour. 1) We cannot use evolution as a reason for people’s behaviour. Scientist actually have not made any links between evolution and behaviour. 2) The interaction of society and genetics is alot more complicated than it seems. If there’s anything I learned from my psychology degree is that no one knows the answers of the link between nature/nuture.

2) In one of your emails to Irin Carmon, you had said: “I have a higher opinion of women than you do, in the sense that I think men are genetically more prone to bad behavior. If your point is that women suck just as much as men, I’ll take your word for it. But you’ll need to explain why our jails have so many more men than women.” If you use this logic, there are also a greater number of African American men in jail than Anglosaxon American men. Would that mean that African american men suck more than anglosaxon men? I think if you used this argument, people would look at you as racist.

Comments From You

Jennifer Drew // Posted 24 June 2011 at 7:48 pm

Can’t have it both ways boys – either you are rational, logical and autonomous or else you are irrational; utterly ruled by your supposedly uncontrollable biological sexual desires. If it is the latter then obviously men must be subjected to rigorous restrictions in order to ensure women are not subjected to male sexual violence. If it is the first then this stupid piece of nonsensical writing would never have been written in the first place.

Or this male writer is playing the victim card and we all know there are no victims because male supremacy claims there are no victims – just uppity women who think they have the right to be accorded human status. So Adams stop whining and ‘get out there and do some real work.’ Your whining shows you like so many men refuses to accept responsibility for your actions and by the way last time I checked it was still men running the world not women.

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