What Ails Harvey Mansfield

Deborah Solomon interviews Harvard professor Harvey C. Mansfield, who has a new book out called Manliness.

Were you sorry to see Harvard’s outgoing president, Lawrence Summers, attacked for saying that men and women may have different mental capacities?

He was taking seriously the notion that women, innately, have less capacity than men at the highest level of science. I think it’s probably true. It’s common sense if you just look at who the top scientists are.

Ah, women. Those poor, poor deficient souls. How did we ever give them the right to vote?

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