“RUNA, BOYS ARE MORE INTELLIGENT THAN GIRLS!”
I could not believe my ears when I heard that statement from my 18 year old cousin the other day. My first thought was: “OMG… after all the work, talk, blood sweat and tears to create the changes towards equal gender equality in the world including my country (Iceland) do young women today, really believe that the male gender is more intelligent than the other?”
I still could not believe what she was saying and thought: “I’ve got to find out what my bright 18 year old cousin really means by this statement” Truth to be told, the way this statement sounded in my ears really did trigger my temperament, and I wanted to be sure I understood before I would judge her wrongly by this statement.
HOW ARE BOYS SMARTER THAN GIRLS?
After few questions this is what I found out what was hidden behind her believes. She said: “Girls are working so much harder at school, really paying attention to all the work, reading, finishing projects in time, studying every hour, and that’s how they get good grades. Boys who get high grades however seem to simply do it without any effort at all. That’s why“, she added, “I think boys are more intelligent than girls!”
We discussed the fact that there are more women are graduating from Colleges and Universities in Iceland than men (well in most fields anyway). “Yeah”… she said “that’s just because they have studied harder than the guys, not because they are as intelligent as the guys. They know it all, spend little time to study and … effortlessly, pass the tests”
BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
This made me really think! It’s 2012, are young women in the western world planning their future, still believing they come second? And if that’s their believe, where have we (their role-models) failed so terribly? Are we (women) walking the talk, believing, talking, acting as we are equal to men, or are we still playing the role of victims, working our butts of, hoping one day we will be noticed, when in fact we are only known for being the hard workers!