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Do girls see themselves as less smart than boys? Study says yes

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  • Olivia Milledgeville, GA
    May 9, 2017 2:47 a.m.

    Girls are doing better. We are getting support from infancy. We are given honor for being girls. Even in lower areas we are given care whereas boys are given aggressive less care for fear of coddling. Now boys from middle class are falling behind.
    Teachers may show where a few boys are said to be brilliant. This may give young girls false impression boys are smarter. Also a part of belief boys should be strong is giving honor only on condition of achievement. Boys not achieving are given more ridicule to make them try harder. The total mis-treatment of boys creates lower esteem to keep them trying hard to gain honor from others. This causes need to have right answer or shout out answers to gain honor. As girls we are given honor for being girls.. When we see boys trying so hard we may think they are smarter. We need to see how the few boys have come from supportive homes. This creates a drug for those boys. As girls we are doing better than male peers. We are taking over many areas but since we are given honor for being girls we can find success and have wonderful lives. However as middle class crumbles and supports drop for boys more women will choose to take over in stem fields.

  • Don's thoughts Gilbert, AZ
    April 20, 2017 11:48 p.m.

    After discussing this topic with my daughters the general consensus is that girls tend to be more attracted to guys who are smarter then them. So possibly the girls in the study didn't believe they were as smart because they were comparing themselves to guys they are attracted to who they believed were smarter then them. Girls also tend to care more for the guys opinions they are attracted to, even though they themselves are smarter than other guys, because they are not attracted to those guys they do not consider them in the comparison of their intelligence.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 20, 2017 11:34 a.m.

    When I was in junior high and high school, they pictures and a short story about the discovers of mathematics, physics, and Chemestry in the text books.

    All except one were men. The one woman was Marie Curie who discovered radium.

    Men probably do have intellectual talents that women don't or at least in greater abundance. Nothing wrong with that, women have things that men dont.

    We are different, men and women. Let's not try to be the same, but learn to appreciate ourselves as God created us. We should appreciate these differences.

  • illuminated Kansas City, MO
    Feb. 20, 2017 6:56 a.m.

    Schools are already far more geared toward a girl's education today, leaving boys and men in the dust, especially in post secondary education. Not only do women outnumber and outperform them, but a male is automatically deemed a rapist on college campuses these days and must prove himself innocent before his first day of class.

    But it's still not enough for our gynocentric society. They'll keep finding ways to put men down through their endless social engineering programs as this article suggests.

    It's a dizzying cascade of programs, issues, laws and support for girls and women all day, every day in every medium imaginable in our modern society.

    Anyone else as sick of it as I am?

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 8:49 p.m.

    The problem is we are teaching children to compare themselves to others--a misguided and often unhealthy mentality to develop. I think it's more important to teach them to compare themselves to how they used to be, or to how they want to become, and remember that is the progress that counts, however slow or fast we get there, and that there's always more to learn and improve.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 12:00 p.m.

    I'm much more worried about our boys (I have 7 daughters, and 2 sons, and I am concerned about all my children, and love them equally). But if there is a problem with girls' low self-perception at a certain age (or any age), why then do girls occupy 60% of chairs in colleges & universities in the US, and boys only 40%?

    My girls have more college degrees percentage wise than their brothers do.

    Mormons, especially, should be more worried about the lack of better educated males than females, especially at the college level (everyone should, but Mormons should, especially).

    If we truly believe that it is the father's primary role to provide for his family, shouldn't men be more (and even better) educated than women in terms of higher education?

    Furthermore, since US birthrates have been at sub-replacement levels continuously since 1971, shouldn't we be much more worried about girls not becoming wives, and mothers, and having enough children to replace their generation (and more)? I mean, if this doesn't happen, economically, our nation is ultimately doomed!

    Look at Japan. Their nation is shrinking. And for them, that is bad!

  • chazkron Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:49 a.m.

    Has anyone considered that at age 6, boys are actually smarter than girls. Then perhaps at age 8, girls are smarter than boys? Why wouldn't different sexes develop at slightly different rates, like they do with height etc. When we don't want something to be true, we often don't consider it, let alone pursue a study that would prove it.

  • Johnny Triumph Ibapah, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:32 a.m.

    A few weeks ago my Jr High age daughter came home and said her math teacher (female) refused to help her understand a topic. My daughter does not shy away from STEM subjects and so this really bothered me. We quickly called the school to fix the problem, girls who are even mildly interested in STEM subjects don't need extra reasons to shy away from those subjects, especially not from a teacher!

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:28 a.m.

    Evidence of our media creating divisiveness with articles like this.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:04 a.m.

    Of course girls see themselves as something less than boys, because feminist activists are always saying they need to have and do every thing boys do, or they are not "equal". It is time to recognize the value of females for what it is. Women are far superior to boys when it comes to child baring, performing compassionate service and managing households than boys are. Not that there can't, or even shouldn't be some "cross over" of some of those rolls, but women truly are unique and special. So please, all you women activists, stop with the messages of how girls are not as good as boys.