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Do Men Have Higher IQs Than Women?



This week a research assistant at Michigan State University made a visualization of a recent survey from the Educational Testing Service that reported the average IQ of college Majors based on the tests (they’ve) administered. The interesting thing happened when these findings were charted not only with IQ by major, but also how female dominated that major is.


The results don't make women look great. 




Why are female dominated majors also the ones with the lowest average IQ?


Let's bring this home guys. Personally I've always wondered why there are more males in departments like maths, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science (High IQ Majors) than females. And more females in departments like nursing, education, health professions, social work etc (Low IQ Majors) than males. I wondered if :

it is just a natural inclination of men to gravitate towards sciences and more intellectually/mentally tasking courses, and the natural inclination of women to gravitate towards courses where they use their 'maternal' or caring and nurturing instincts more. 
OR 
could it be that men are more interested in or capable of dealing with the great pressure that's inherent in these courses and women would rather go for courses with lower pressure 
OR 
are men just more intelligent than women?


Actually the last option is the least likely. In fact research and statistics have shown that men are not more intelligent than women. The graph isn't saying that women have lower IQ,
It is saying the majors women choose are filled with people with a lower average IQ than the majors men choose. So what could be the reason for this? Why do men dominate the High IQ Majors and Women Dominate the Low IQ Majors?


Notice that several courses have been left out and the focus is on courses at two different ends of a spectrum, deliberately leaving out those in between. It's not my personal opinion that those courses I've mentioned are for people with either high IQs or low IQs, 'High IQ majors' and 'Low IQ majors' is what the researchers called them, not me. 


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Comments

  1. What do you expect when society teaches women to aspire to answer Mrs? Mothers raise their sons to be great men and breadwinners, daughters are raised to become wives and mothers.

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  2. I took a course in sociology,and research shows that right from childhood teachers,family tend to direct the female child towards the arts majors and the male child toward sciences. I think its a form of stereotype

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  3. The level of motivation men get from the society isn’t the same as the one women get. Take yours truly for instance; my mum always grilled us about taking our studies seriously, but unlike my sisters’ case, she would call me aside from time to time to remind me that I’m her “life”. Hmmm? #Yawa.

    When you’re raised like that (which is the average Nigerian home), the girls dream more of becoming good wives and grooming themselves on how best to manage their homes, therefore going for less challenging careers. Even at that, they tend to be content with an average grade in their respective careers, and when their mind set is thus fixed, you hardly get excellent outcomes from them. Hence we have Male-dominated Science courses and Female-dominated Social Science courses. I once had a terrible acquaintance who visited virtually all the universities in Nigeria scouting for *skirts*. Once he told me he went to ESUT and discovered a *Department of Breastology*, meaning a female dominated department in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Obviously he couldn’t remember the exact department because he went there for something else.

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  4. Exactly. It has more to do with the way people were raised than IQ and also what Thelma said about pressure is true. Most women would go for courses where there's less pressure.

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  5. I agree with the above posters, there's a bias in the way females are percieved and how they are directed.
    Example: Boy fails a math question "You're bad at math". Girl fails a math question "Girls are bad at math"
    The same traits that are encouraged in boys (assertiveness, directness) are discouraged in females,so they learn to advocate for themselves less, and even when they do, it's in a passive manner.

    Men are encouraged and mentored more than females (the Old Boy's club is alive and well).

    A better way to assess the IQs would be to administer the same IQ tests to both males and females, in cohorts of similar age, socio economic status, racial background and so on. (The IQ tests are also skewed towards the caucasian middle class, but that's another battle).

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    1. And they wonder why women have lower IQ. Bring up an intellectual conversation and they'll become deaf and dumb. Na only marriage una sabi and you're fighting for gender equality. As long as there are yawners like this it will never happen.

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  7. I agree with most of the above comments.
    An instance is, after my result for JSCE was released, I went for career path/ senior school choice guidance & counselling, as was the rule in my school. The GC miss after going through my results still wrote 'art-oriented' though my result pointed otherwise! What she was thinking? I'm not really sure.

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