Since he got a regular column with the Times, Chris Dillow’s blog articles have become increasingly outlandish. His recent piece on why women are crap is a case in point.
However, although his arguments, if that’s what you can call them, are silly, they are no worse than some of the rubbish that apparently respectable columnists write about men. Those all-men-are-hopeless articles have been around for at least the past twenty years. Some of the bullshit has been repeated so often that it has become ‘stuff everyone knows’.
For example, we all know that men can’t multi-task. It is accepted as an article of faith. Women repeat it in the workplace and men either nod or keep quiet. There is no point in arguing with the cod-psychology of a thousand Cosmopolitan and Femail articles. The fact that there is not a shred of evidence behind this assertion doesn’t seem to cut much ice.
There’s lots of other ‘stuff we know’, like women being better at communication and having the interpersonal skills that men lack. Much of this is taken as read but, again, there is precious little evidence to back it up.
Against this background, Chris Dillow’s diatribe seems somewhat mild. I have no idea what his motivation was for writing it. I suspect it was just to cause a bit of a stir. Whatever his reasons, the piece shows how silly it is to make sweeping judgements about gender characteristics.
I wrote this while picking up my phone messages and eating a biscuit. Does that count as multi-tasking?
Update: Just because Chris does it, that doesn’t mean you have to join in.