A Critique of the Gendermap Project
(The Gendermap Project is
being conducted by the Mental Research Institute
under the auspices of trying to understand human interactions by
dividing the species into two distinct sets of behaviors based
Sonia thinks it's a load of hooey.
The article from the MRI website is quoted directly here. Sonia's comments are in bold.
"In the 90's, diversity, including cultural, ethnic, generational and
gender, has been an issue of a great deal of interest in academic,
business and social circles. While exposure to cultural, ethnic and
generation differences may be frequent or minimal, encounters with
gender differences are inescapable."
As opposed to individual interpersonal differences?
"Whether the basis for gender differences is biological, environmental,
or sociobiological, or a combination of these factors, is the focus of
most societies, including the USA, there now appears to be agreement
that men and women behave differently."
Anybody with half a brain might also notice that each human being
behaves differently than every other human being.
"Gender differences, similar to cultural or ethnic differences, have
overlapping curves though the extremes may be quite different."
But let's trash that observation in favor of recognizing only 2 types
of people and create a McHumanity.
"The MRI Brief Therapy approach is to strive to understand the language,
the values and the viewpoint of their clients,customers and colleagues."
And if we could make money normalizing racism we'd do that too.
"Using these principles, the Gendermap Project seeks to understand the
differences in expressions, ideals, goals, meanings and values between
men and women."
We don't care about the individual - that's too complex. Once we have
everyone placed inside 2 neat little boxes we'll be happy. Those that
don't fit can get these neat little DSM-IV diagnoses, like "Gender
Identity Disorder" and be studied and reprogrammed like lab rats.
"The Gendermap Project aspires to determine the extent and type of gender
differences and to train therapists, people in the business world,
educators, and others to understand and deal creatively with the
"Differences" between the genders without imposing value judgments."
But if someone is "Different" than other members of "their" gender than
we get to judge and exclude all day long.
"We conceive that within each individual there exists an internal map
which, consciously or unconsciously, guides us in our interactions with
others, and with our interpretations of the actions and reactions of the
people in the world around us. Gender values are one portion of our
Racism, black and white thinking, depression and negativism, paranoia,
judging by appearances, phobias and other destructive perspectives are
also part of our internal maps. But let's not think about that.
"This Gendermap determines how we view our own gender and how we interact
with and decipher the actions of those from the opposite gender."
Classifying people into two categories and interacting with them based
on that binary classification might be called a cognitive distortion,
but in this case its just social science.
"The Gendermap Project has two objectives. The first is to document
where gender differences and similarities exist in specific situations;
for example, a personal interaction, a business interaction,
conversation between peers or people of different status."
What about butch women and Drag Queens? What about their
interactions? What the interaction between a feminine hetero woman and
a feminine hetero man? A corporate dyke and a fembot?
"Interaction between those of the same gender vs. those of different
genders will also be studied. To create awareness of our own internal
Gendermap and the Gendermap of the other gender, written transcripts of
a verbal interaction between a man and a woman, a man and a man, and a
woman and a woman will be given to the subjects, or workshop
And of course because ALL WOMEN AND ALL MEN ARE THE SAME WE ONLY NEED
THREE SCENARIOS! AREN'T WE BRILLIANT!
"The subjects will be asked to judge the behavior, actions and
motivations of each participant in the interaction. Each participant
will also asked to complete a brief demographic form. The ages,
marital/relationship status and other demographics will be studied to
extrapolate their influences or interactions with gender, on internal
And of course the subjects judging can safely be assumed to be
representatives of their gender within those oh so detailed
"The second objective of the Gendermapping project is to use the research
format in training programs. The training program will allow therapists
or those in business sector to recognize how their own Gendermaps result
in different views of the interactions with those of the opposite and
same gender. After the project has completed pilot testing of the
methodology, the protocol will be extended to other areas within the USA
and to other countries."
Because it just wouldn't be right not to spread our idiocy around for
everyone to revel in!
"Professionals from around the world have expressed interest in
collaborating in their home countries. This will be a unique
opportunity to determine if Gendermaps within the United States, west
coast and east coast, agree with Gendermaps of many other cultures."
Right, and just like we only have 2 genders, we only have two US
cultures: The east and west coast.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
gender: Heartless Bitch