Male vs. Woman Critique

Travina Hyman
First Critique
Shankar Vedantam, staff writer for the Washington Post, is the author of the Hidden brain: How Our Unconscious Mind Elect presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives (2010). He is also a national radio and TV commentator on issues related to science, religion, and human behavior. The article titled: Male Scientist writes of Life as Female Scientist, appeared in the Washington Post in July 2006. Reports on the views of several scientist favoring the nurture side of the nature/nurture debate, including those of transgendered Stanford neurobiologist Ben Barres.
After reading this article I’ve learned that the writer Shankar Vedantam is very familiar with and has experience writing controversial or articles that calls for debates. And he writes for the Washington post which reaches a political audience and would have great impact on the views of politicians and an elite group of professional people that hold prestigious positons in the United States.
After taking an opened minded look at Vedantam’s argument, I’ve decided that his argument clearly allow us to take a look at why men vs. women reach a higher echelon of science, by taking us into the life of neurobiologist Ben Barres who has a unique explanation as to why he feels that this is so. Mr. Barres use to be a woman himself! So he has had the opportunity of experiencing both sides of the issue and from personal experience explains what it was like. From his experiences he has the right to argue his point, and allows us the audience to see through his eyes his experiences. Vedantam shows us a few examples of Barres reasons for arguing that men are respected and are in higher positions in science, First Barres states that after he underwent a sex change at the age of 42, he recalled, another scientist who was unaware of it was heard to say, “Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but then his work is much better than his sister’s.” And as a...