Writer Michael Lewis takes on the Larry Summers episode straight up, and is demonstrably rankled by the whole mad affair:
Intelligent men have long sensed that the wise course in the face of female fury is to hide until it passes. The tendency to duck and cover isn’t a form of respect. It’s a form of condescension: Hold your breath long enough and they’ll calm down, or move on to another target. In this sense the women outraged over Larry Summers’s remarks about women in science are correct to be upset. But they are upset for the wrong reasons. Summers is about the only man in the discussion who has attempted to treat them with respect, by speaking to them as equals, who, he presumed, cared as much as he did about what was true and what was not.
Anyone with an interest in this surprisingly long-running saga — and I can understand why many might have moved on –should be sure to read the full transcript of Summers’s Jan. 14 remarks. (See http://www.president.harvard.edu/speeches/2005/nber.html).
They are interesting, and not just because they are now famously controversial. They are thoughtful, and, more importantly, designed to stimulate thought.