Ratener’s Situation Not So Novel
September 14, 2006
by Tara Sweeney
When I taught a statistical analysis class, I used Major League Baseball statistics for an assignment. I was subject to professional criticism because baseball is a “boys” sport which discriminated against the female students in my class. In my defense, I presented data which showed that the female students did better on the assignment than the male students did! That did not satisfy the critics. They admonished me to “balance” that assignment with another assignment that discriminated against boys. But they bristled at the suggestion that I provide an assignment focused on cooking! Suggesting that “cooking” was a female activity was “stereotypical” was prohibited, but suggesting that “baseball” was a male activity was not a stereotype.
Keep up the good fight.