Watchmaker wrote:Anecdotes ARE data, just not a form that lends itself to convincing argument.
This looks like a "qualitative vs quantitative" debate. Both very important and, as I think you both point out, both have their strengths and weaknesses so are susceptible to misuse by those who want to blind others with BS.
And no doubt women have suffered staggering oppression, but so have entire cultures.
There is another common logical mistake which is to conflate that which is true for the population with that which is true for the individual. I can't quite remember the details but, as an exercise I was able to present a set of data and conclusions where the conclusions based on the data were actually not relevant to any individual in the group. It was a bit of a stretch but the point was (laboriously) made.
That is one problem with imposing quotas as a technique for redressing imbalance. Others are; they often don't have the desired effect and they create a very soft target for those trying to derail the argument or kick over the table completely.
I don't really have a good answer for this except that the only time I forbade my daughter from an activity was a school based cheerleading after-school club which, as an ex-anarcho-syndicalist feminist anti-imperialist (what else have you got?) punk there was no bloody way that was happening.
She is studying English at University now but has never forgiven me