It’s a standard part of the currently fashionable view that we’re all the same really, it’s just societal imprinting upon us that makes us different. This is also known as the blank slate hypothesis and it’s clearly and obviously wrong. Well, it must be, otherwise how could we have trans people who are socially imprinted along with the rest of us but know that they’re not in fact what they’re imprinted as?
We can delve a little deeper perhaps and look at the insistences about child care say. Yes, this does largely devolve to the female side in a relationship. A quick look around the animal kingdom tells us that this isn’t unique but it’s very common in sexually dimorphic species. It might not just be social imprinting, you know?
Or we can even consider the latest little evidence we’re presented with:
The gender pay gap may be partly explained by teenage boys having more ambitious aims to attend prestigious universities than girls, even if they have the same academic results, according to research.
The study of school pupils in England conducted by academics at University College London’s institute of education found “clear evidence” boys already had more advanced plans for higher education than girls at the age of 15, with more boys aiming to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or other more selective universities, regardless of background or school attended.
The researchers also found that academically driven pupils with the most ambitious plans for university gained higher grades in GCSE exams than pupils with similar backgrounds who had less precise or no plans.
Nikki Shure, one of the co-authors of the research, said the data found boys to be more ambitious than girls regardless of family income.
Why might this be then?
Some 80% of women who have existed have had children. Some 40% of men. We can tell this by looking at DNA and all that. What this means is that men are in competition with other men for access to the fertile women of their generation. Women are in a milder competition for the continued attention of those men who can aid in raising children.
So, men are going to be more competitive among themselves than women are. Or, if we prefer, men are going to be more competitive in trying to gain that social position which gains access to fertile females. In our current society that’s education which leads to income often enough.
The lads are trying harder because they want to get laid that is.
Interesting what we can find out by taking gender and genetics seriously, isn’t it?