One of the leper’s bells of the left is its ostentatious displays of umbrage at the obvious. That an observation may be as mundane as it is incontrovertible can hardly be cause for bland consent. For even the most insipid can brim with bias–the inanimate a vessel of malice. Even things of so little agency as numbers may spirit offense. Addition and division goose-stepping in a statistical Kristallnacht. Here, let me just show you.
Historian David Starkey in astonishing attack on ‘victim status’ of Muslims, disabled people and other ethnic minorities – and says women are only of average intelligence
Astonishing. That will ably serve our needs. We’ve ground up the sod here defending ethnic “minorities” from attack. And so readers may select from our catalogue at random, if that’s their fancy. Tonight, we are impelled by astonishment to take up the calumny of this innumerate charlatan, Starkey.
And I find it very, very sad the sway there is now this perpetual procession of people – group after group – wanting to assume the status of victim. It’s catastrophic.’
Starkey, who said he was ‘born quite seriously disabled’, added people with physical and mental disabilities should not be portrayed as victims.
And he claimed fears of Islamophobia were victimising Muslims, making them ‘therefore somehow privileged and exempt’.
That’s all very droll and we categorically reject the insinuation of so-called perpetual victim processions. But did he just actually say…
The outspoken 70-year-old said evidence suggested women tended to be of average intelligence…
Outspoken? I’d say he’s transgressed well beyond that jejune euphemism. This is bald misogyny. I hardly think he could be more hateful to women if he used their ovaries as a pocket square. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Below are some highly aggrieved ladies commenting on the article:
Old git!!!! Thanks I’m female, run my own business full time, as well as caring for my family and multi-task on average 16 hours a day – David you wouldn’t last a week if you were female. You might be academic but you are too thick and unfit to survive if there was a zombie apocalypse (I know zombies aren’t real, just using this as a scenario example).
I’m a woman – IQ is 138 – I have a PHD. My women friends and family are very intelligent too. Most women also have much more social intelligence than men!
My IQ is 135 average and I’m a 100% genuine female 38E so stuff you Starkey
I disagree that intelligence is limited by gender.
His arrogance is surpassed only by his naivety.
Apart from the bit about women’s intelligence, he’s about right.
What ‘evidence’ has shown that women are of AVERAGE intelligence? As an historian he knows that women have not been entitled to an education. However, given the opportunity, many have proved that they are extremely intelligent. Elizabeth 1st was exceptionally intelligent. Does he ever look at school and university results? Or the fact that the top NASA scientist is a woman?
Did you know the average self-reported IQ of Internet commenters is 167? Granted that’s eight standard deviations below Ron Unz, yet still a remarkably potent cohort. So it’s striking that so few were able to discern the extremely fine grain of Starkey’s point: On average, women are quite average. And though certainly a grave offense, when considered within the emotional shelter of a group, the notion begins to seem less exotic. His point, accessible one imagines even for those chained to 135 IQs, is that female intelligence congregates closer to the mean. Whereas the male dispersion is comparatively flatter. Not that this observation doesn’t still warrant outrage by a blizzard of breasted snowflakes who ARE ALL DEFINITELY NOT AVERAGE!
Though a world where all women are above average is unfortunately not our active ingredient in this piece. It is rather that the The Narrative must not be questioned and offense doesn’t run uphill. Men and women are equal in every way, and no mean is man enough to say otherwise. Those intemperate averages that do so may expect a battery of liberal peltasts promptly forming ranks. And this is the state of the modern Western mind: gasping at the plain.
Wait till they hear about medians.