reply to post by Phenomium
Well, like an intelligent man, instead of taking the article at face value I did some research on the claims which originated from "James Flynn", an
emeritus professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, who is also writing a book.
It turns out the OP's article, and the source, are a bit misleading... The way they worded the article, and left out important facts, made people
think that all over the world "women surpass men in IQ tests for first time ever". Little do they mention that only in very few countries have women
finally had IQ scores higher than the men in those same countries.
James Flynn claims that both men and women's IQ tests have risen over the years, but women's have been rising faster. However, in westernized
countries, and Australia, men still have higher IQ scores, but only by a minimal gap.
These showed that in westernised countries the gap in scores between men and women had become minimal.
It included Australia, where male and female IQs were found to be almost identical.
The only countries where women seem to have higher IQ scores than men are in New Zealand, Estonia and Argentina.
In New Zealand, Estonia and Argentina, women scored marginally more than men.
In another article he states:
He found that when modern IQ testing began in 1905, women trailed men by up to five points. But over time, that gap has virtually disappeared, and
in some countries, women are now scoring better on these tests than men are.
Only is SOME countries ( New Zealand, Estonia and Argentina ) women have been scoring higher... So, the title of this topic is... "Women are now
smarter than men?" The answer is, only in some countries. I think that should be clarified before people go off in a women vs men battle in this
Just to be clear, I think both men and women are equally intelligent.
edit on 19-7-2012 by senselessness because: (no reason given)