Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Male Vs. Female Ingenuity

The following is a typical list of notable female inventions you might find online.

Alphabet blocks Adeline D. T. Whitney 1882
Apgar tests, which evaluate a baby’s health upon birth Virginia Apgar 1952
Chocolate-chip cookies Ruth Wakefield 1930
Circular saw Tabitha Babbitt 1812
Dishwasher Josephine Cochran 1872
Disposable diaper Marion Donovan 1950
Electric hot water heater Ida Forbes 1917
Elevated railway Mary Walton 1881
Engine muffler El Dorado Jones 1917
Fire escape Anna Connelly 1887
Globes Ellen Fitz 1875
Ironing board Sarah Boone 1892
Kevlar, a steel-like fiber used in radial tires, crash helmets, and bulletproof vests Stephanie Kwolek 1966
Life raft Maria Beaseley 1882
Liquid Paper®, a quick-drying liquid used to correct mistakes printed on paper Bessie Nesmith 1951
Locomotive chimney Mary Walton 1879
Medical syringe Letitia Geer 1899
Paper-bag-making machine Margaret Knight 1871
Rolling pin Catherine Deiner 1891
Rotary engine Margaret Knight 1904
Scotchgard™ fabric protector Patsy O. Sherman 1956
Snugli® baby carrier Ann Moore 1965
Street-cleaning machine Florence Parpart 1900
Submarine lamp and telescope Sarah Mather 1845
Windshield wiper Mary Anderson 1903



I did a search on a few of the items listed. Kevlar and liquid paper look legit.

But it seems that women did not actually invent some of the items. For example,

rolling pin - J.W. Reed (man)
rotary engine - Felix Millet (man)
circular saw - toss up between Samuel Miller and Walter Taylor (men)
ironing board - W. Vandenburg and J. Harvey (probably men)

So there appears to be some attempts by feminists to rewrite history. Revisionist history I think that's called.

Another thing I discovered is that none of the inventions in the list are recent. Is that because nothing new and significant has been invented in the last 40 years? I highly doubt it.

So unless I'm mistaken, the last 40 years is when women have become the most liberated, so why aren't there more recent female inventions to reflect that?

So I decided to look into this more. I found a website that does list some more recent female inventions: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768070.html You can see that only 11 of the (supposed) inventions by women were in the last 40 years. This is out of a total of 58 listed over the last 140 years or so. This means that the rate of female inventions have decreased a bit, especially in the last 40 years; strange given that women have been most liberated in this time period.

This leads me to believe that some of the inventions are wrongly credited to women, especially back in the earlier time periods where there was greater uncertainty as to who did what; due to old records, missing documentation, etc. Therefore, it's easer to fill in some of the blanks with feminist revisionist history.

Now for my personal thoughts on the matter. When it comes to the kind of intelligence necessary for inventions (i.e. genius) men are overwhelmingly going to outnumber the women. Genius is essentially a male trait. Now, this does not mean women cannot be intelligent. There are definitely intelligent women, but at the highest end of the scale you're going to have mostly men.

For example, the best screenwriters are men, even though mostly women enroll in screenwriting programs.

Mastery in the kitchen is usually men.

Again, it's the genius factor, possibly related to spatial aptitude. So men will overwhelmingly be the geniuses of society. Hence, great inventions will usually be "man made".

Feminism, in all its wisdom, likes to blame men for female shortcomings. So anything that men are better at is because they have oppressed women. It kind of explains where all the hate comes from since there are so many things men are better at.

As an interesting exercise, go to YouTube and type "invention" in the search box. All the videos that come up in the search results will be of men that have invented something cool. Now why would that be? What could possibly be preventing women from uploading their own videos of worthwhile things they have created? The answer is, the lack of women who have created something worthwhile.

But on the other hand, plenty of women will upload a lot of nonsensical crap on YouTube, such as videos of them dancing around in skimpy clothing. So it's not as if women are not well versed in the media elements (case in point - Facebook). I have no doubt that one of the greatest wastes of bandwidth is women uploading videos and photos for purposes of vanity.

Women have rarely ever contributed to technological advancement. I have often struggled to understand why, and I now think the reason for that is this: Women will unquestioningly accept, in a passive manner, the way things are. As long as something is functional she will accept that and work within those confines. She will do this and seldom give it a second thought. Men, however, will seek out ways to do something better, and herein lies the main difference. Men will seek to expand the framework in which one lives, but women will work within that framework.

Women can and do contribute positively to society, but rarely where true technological evolution is concerned. Instead they will mostly contribute within environments that already have established frameworks. For example, a woman will research cures for disease using lab equipment invented by men, and within comfortable air conditioned rooms made possible by the inventions of men. It is quite rare, compared to men, that a woman will get into the nuts and bolts of something, get her hands dirty, and invent something truly novel using nothing but raw materials.

Most men aren't inventors. But virtually all inventors are men, and this is important to keep in mind.

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