In response to an annoying conversation on Twitter about this short paper, which felt very familiar, here is an argument about the sex segregation of work, in the form of unsourced propositions of 140 characters or less. You can find most of these in longer form in various posts under the segregation tag. It’s tweetstorm, in one post!
Every respondent in any such study was born and raised in a male-dominated society, because all societies are male dominated.
Most people in the debates I see, being elites, act like everyone is a college graduate who chose their job, or “field” of work; but
We know lots of people are in jobs they didn’t freely choose or didn’t get promoted out of, for reasons related to gender (like pregnancy).
No one knows how much segregation results from differences in choices of workers vs. parent/employer/educator pressure or constraints; and
The level of sex segregation varies across social contexts (across space and time), which means it is not all caused by biology; and
Because segregation causes inequality and constrains human freedom, and we have the means to reduce it, the biology theory is harmful; so
Go ahead and study the biology of sex differences, because society is interesting, but don’t use that as an excuse for inequality.