In today’s society I have to say that this idea that men are smarter than woman is a bunch of hogwash. I am not just saying this because I am in any way a feminist. It is true that I am a passionate supporter of women’s rights, but no more than the next woman who believes that we, females are as equal as our male counter part when it comes to intelligence. I have to further stress that I am not a man hater and blame discrimination solely on them.
All of us have heard the familiar adage, “This is a man’s world!” Historically, I have to concede that it was a man’s world before we wised up and rised up against the stifling oppressive male dominated world. In a sense some of us woman, are dumb or ignorant enough to be persuaded by our fathers, brothers, lovers, or husbands that they are smarter than us even though at the back of our mind we subconsciously cringe at the thought of male superiority. Sadly, some of us are raise in a culture, a society, or a household that truly believes that men are superior to woman.
According to Newsweek,”British researcher Adrian Furnham, a professor of psychology at University College London, shows that men and women are fairly equal overall in terms of IQ. But women, it seems, underestimate their own candlepower (and that of women in general), while men overestimate theirs.” I wonder if women underestimate their intelligence because of their lack of self-confidence, self-esteem or self-worth? Or is it because we are more humble than men whereas men are more egotistic because some of them are brought up with the old adage, “It’s a man’s world!” Are some women afraid to admit or show that they are more intelligent than the men in their lives because they do not want to offend or upset them? I know for some cultures, young girls are raise to be subjective and submissive to their male elders. I wonder if Laotian women are raised with this belief that male are intellectually superior?
Some of the most intelligent people I respect and admire are males. When I think of the ultimate brilliant male mind I think of Leonardo Da Vinci. Personally, when it comes to the smartest male, he is without a doubt number one in my estimation because he was a master in so many areas. He was a brilliant artist, sculptor, scientist, mathematician, inventor,engineer, musician, architect, botanist, anatomist and writer. I really cannot think of a modern man who is comparable to Leonardo when it comes to intelligence in different disciplines or areas. The only modern day male who really impresses me with his intelligence is Stephen Hawking, the author of ‘A Brief History of Time’ and ‘The Universe in a Nutshell’.
As for female brilliant minds I think of Hatsheput, Egyptian pharaoh and Queen Elizabeth I, queen of England. Both of these women prove to the world that a woman is as smart as a man and that she can make sound decisions based on her intellect not her emotions. Now with that said people should give some credit to Hillary Clinton that she is as smart as a man and that she will be able to make intelligent decisions when it comes to the running of our country.
In case some of you do not know,Marilyn vos Savant is considered the smartest woman in the world because according to the Guinness Book of Record she has the highest recorded IQ. She writes a column for Parade in the USA Today newspaper where people from all of the world send her riddles or questions that challenges her intellect. Of course since she is considered the smartest woman in the world, there are many people both male and female who tries to stump her.
Are men smarter than woman? The answer is no! I know sometimes woman lack common sense but that does not mean she is stupid!:)