Male and Female IQ

Admittedly, I have a very high IQ, so it’s easy for me to accept that men generally have higher IQs; I’m still smarter than most of the people, male or female, on the planet. For an ordinary woman with an average IQ, it must be awfully frustrating, and feminist lies about equality must seem awfully comforting.

Why men are more intelligent than women

More recently, however, especially since the turn of the millennium, there have been an increasing number of studies that cast doubt on this politically correct conclusion. Studies with large representative national samples from Spain, Denmark, and the United States, as well as meta-analyses of a large number of published studies throughout the world, all conclude that men on average are slightly but significantly more intelligent than women, by about 3-5 IQ points. So this has now become the new (albeit tentative) consensus in intelligence research.

There was a response to this:

The Equality of the Sexes I: Fact or Artefact?

This response won my heart because it finally gave me a citation on an unreferenced assertion I saw a while back, that the IQ test was originally rigged to make men and women seem identically intelligent – well, almost. Any question on which men did consistently better than women was thrown out. So, the post starts with this quotation:

“The one exception to the general rule that different groups or populations usually differ in average IQ is that both sexes have approximately the same average IQ on most tests. This is not, however, a true empirical finding but a consequence of the manner in which the tests were first constructed…the two sexes were defined to have equal intelligence rather than discovered to have equal intelligence.” (Evans and Waites, 1981, 168).

(Evans, B.. & Waites, B. (1981). IQ and mental testing: An unnatural science and its social history. London, UK: Macmillan.)

Of course, despite this, the author of the article tries to backpedal on it:

In their introduction to the first revision of the Stanford-Binet, Terman and his collaborator Maude Merrill eliminated a few tests in their trial batteries that yielded the largest sex differences. There is evidence that David Wechsler, another IQ test contructor did the same. But this was after they did their first standardization.

And even by doing so, the effect didn’t wash away all sex differences. In one of the earliest IQ tests, the Wechsler-Bellevue test (which still has some items that are on the widely administered modern day WAIS IQ test), there remained small differences in overall scores in favor of women. This led Wechsler to express: “We have more than a ‘sneaking suspicion’ that the female of the species is not only more deadly but also more intelligent than the male (Weschler, 1944, p.107)”.

Therefore, it should be crystal clear that IQ tests were not in fact designed from the very beginning to produce equal scores for the two sexes. Terman genuinely believed in 1916 that he was making an empirical discovery, and he genuinely did.

I’ll have to dig up these sources myself at some point to find out for sure if they really did rig the tests, as the quoted authors assert, or if they, um, only sort of did, as the article’s author asserts. I’m inclined to think they did, but then, I’m already a male chauvinist. But this article is valuable to me, because it gave me the references I need to find these things out.

Hm, look at this other bit from the article:

In fact, the one consistent trend they found was that the larger the sex difference on a test, the less that test related to teachers’ assessments of general intelligence. This led Cyril Burt to conclude “The higher the process and the more complex the capacity, the smaller, on the whole, become the sex differences (Burt & Moore, 1912, p. 379)”.

So they decided that the subjective impressions, of a woman, were more reliable data than the results of tests the students actually took. Now, suppose that when you applied for college, the admissions people dismissed your SATs in favor of what your teachers said about you? “Yeah, your SAT scores were really high, but your English teacher said she didn’t think you were university material.”

Everyone who’s been in school knows that teachers always hold the highest opinions of students who claim to agree with the teachers. These students may be streetsmart, but they’re not generally all that bright, or they wouldn’t be just agreeing with the nearest authority figure.

In addition, if these teachers had actually heard these students talking about things, they probably indulged in the natural human tendency to conclude that people whose thought processes were the most similar to their own were the smartest. Teachers wouldn’t be able to follow the reasoning of students significantly smarter than themselves, and might not even have heard it; very smart people sometimes just stop talking rather than try to explain things to someone who can’t keep up.

In short, the teachers’ assessments are completely worthless and should not be considered by scientists.

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4 Responses to “Male and Female IQ”

  1. Alphadominance Says:

    Any question on which men did consistently better than women was thrown out.
    Until questions taken from reality television were barred at which point the whole equality argument went to shit 😉

    Men are outliers plain and simple, they disproportionately represent both the upper and lower end of the spectrum. This is because women are individually more valuable to the perpetuation of the species, whereas you can blow off a lot of the men and still maintain replacement level of the population. I addressed this in my Parthenogenesis posts.

    Also agree on the teacher point. Those who can't, teach, as the saying goes.

    Plus I gotta say I find any term ending in 'trix a la Editrix to be hopelessly sexy.

  2. Alphadominance Says:

    Any question on which men did consistently better than women was thrown out.
    Until questions taken from reality television were barred at which point the whole equality argument went to shit 😉

    Men are outliers plain and simple, they disproportionately represent both the upper and lower end of the spectrum. This is because women are individually more valuable to the perpetuation of the species, whereas you can blow off a lot of the men and still maintain replacement level of the population. I addressed this in my Parthenogenesis posts.

    Also agree on the teacher point. Those who can't, teach, as the saying goes.

    Plus I gotta say I find any term ending in 'trix a la Editrix to be hopelessly sexy.

  3. The_Editrix Says:

    That is interesting information. I always considered the fact that I have a high IQ as the reason for the absence of a chip on my shoulder about other people (i.e. Ashkenazim Jews or Asians) having — statistically — an even higher IQ.

    Maybe a high IQ helps on both levels, a cognitive and a psychological, to understand things better. It's a bit like the ugly and stupid girls being more often than not the most bitchy ones.

  4. The_Editrix Says:

    That is interesting information. I always considered the fact that I have a high IQ as the reason for the absence of a chip on my shoulder about other people (i.e. Ashkenazim Jews or Asians) having — statistically — an even higher IQ.

    Maybe a high IQ helps on both levels, a cognitive and a psychological, to understand things better. It's a bit like the ugly and stupid girls being more often than not the most bitchy ones.

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