My post was inspired by yours but it wasn't directed to you specifically . And really the whole point was to address the "emotional" label. People who are labeled "emotional" are often feeling just one emotion (often sadness), but there are lots of other emotions.[edit: It isn't clear to me if you were responding to me specifically or to someone else or just generally.]
Yes of course it's the same thing, saying one gender is superior is the same as saying the other one is inferior. But I see what you're saying. Emotional sensitivity is very important on most jobs, and I would not be surprised to see a gender difference in that.Just so we're clear, I'm not arguing any such thing, nor would it be a good argument to start with even if I believed it, since I'd be arguing that a clear-cut strength could in some contexts be a weakness*. Even if I could, the political correctness of arguing that women are deficient in anything but physical prowess makes rational arguing of any non-physical less-suited-ness difficult. It is much easier to argue women are superior to men for certain jobs due to their superior emotional/personality skills. It is both a more palatable/politically correct stance and, conveniently, more direct.
Assuming equal interest? I'd choose the first option I think. But I say that with decades of experience that has taught me to play to my strengths.But I will ask this: assuming equal interest, given a choice between a field where you are exactly equal to your peers in skills and one where you are significantly inferior to them, which would you gravitate toward?
I'm probably the worst female to address this particular gender issue, actually, since I had to learn how to work with women (that whole seven-brothers-thingy). I had to learn to take extra time to smile and be nice, otherwise I was often misinterpreted as being aloof. So I'm a woman who has often been misinterpreted by women. On the other hand, men would frequently come on to me without me giving the slightest signal of interest, so I've been misinterpreted by them too. What's a poor woman to do?*For the record, I believe that non-intellectual considerations are pretty unimportant in engineering which means that men and women would on average be pretty much exactly identically suited for engineering. I think you misread. I didn't say that women are more emotional, I said they are better able to deal with emotion. And I said (and sourced) that they are better able to perceive emotion (via non-verbal communication) in others.