The results have been published by James Flynn, a world-renowned expert in IQ testing, who believes the demands of the modern age are raising standards of intelligence.
He said: “In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen, but women’s have risen faster.
“This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ.” source
Except let’s look at what they don’t say.
They don’t say that the maximum difference is 1.5 points. With the average IQ of 100, that would, at best, make women 1.5% more intelligent.
They don’t mention that in five countries studied, one of the countries still had women trailing (by half a point).
They don’t say that James Flynn himself does not believe women are smarter than men.
In fact, he thinks that men and women are equal in intelligence and (as a result of experience) that women are better test-takers and focus better in test-taking situations, and men focus better in other areas.
They don’t mention that you can get wider margins by comparing races or people with different scoio-economic backgrounds (not just about money, but also about attitudes towards education) than you can by comparing gender.
They don’t mention that while IQ is a correlation to success, it is not a strong one, and your parent’s socioeconomic status + your IQ only counts for 14% of your potential future outcome.
So, yeah. There’s proof women are “smarter” than men, if an IQ test is the proof you need. She’s about $1.50 smarter, if you’re the man holding the $100 bill.
Now you can buy yourself a cola.
Here’s the thing:
I started this research because someone in my Women In Charge group on Facebook posted a thank you for adding them into the group and that they believe in Female Led Relationships (FLRs) because, “women are smarter.”
Please refrain from any sort of sexist language that would be unacceptable if turned around.
The group is not about superiority, but a chosen way of life.
I know many amazing male dominants, and women I would not put in charge of a goldfish.
The other thing to keep in mind that there is a wider range of difference comparing men to men than comparing the highest scored man (210) to the highest scored woman (228).
Also, MORE men score higher than women. Men overall have more variability in their scores, generally hitting higher highs and lower lows.
So, how about instead of worrying about who is smarter, based on a standardized scale and the plumbing they are born with, we interact as individuals?