This is a gem of a story. The arch-feminist causing the ruckus has shot herself completely in the foot. Apparently, had she stayed to listen to all of Dr Summers' speech, she might "have either blacked out or thrown up". Indeed, such was the extent of her revulsion that she "just couldn't breathe because this kind of bias makes me physically ill".
This is from a woman who wants to defend the role of women in maths and the sciences, subjects where cool, dispassionate inquiry and logical precision are the order of the day. And yet she's behaving like the stereotypical Dickensian flounce, completely incapable of thinking rationally and reacting calmly.
I doubt she'd have a problem with a speech describing women (generalising, obviously) as better at the caring professions or in situations requiring a firm grasp of people's emotional
state. Actually, it seems common sense that women are better at some things than men. Like childbirth, for instance. I gather most men find it impossible.
Prof Hopkins isn't making sense. And in fact, she's insulting young women's (and young men's) choices in academic career. She is insinuating that a vast number of the young ladies populating humanities courses are unthinking beings who went for a humanities course because it was the culturally-acceptable option. What rot.
If young women want to do social sciences and humanities, I see no reason to stop them. As a mathematician, all I'd want to say is "rather them than me"! Prof Hopkins, on the other hand, clearly believes that she knows better than the individual students, what they ought to be doing. I hope she doesn't have many supervisees at MIT.
Society has gone mad and no-one's even prescribing medication. An arch-feminist spouts emotive claptrap, the media listens as though this is all completely normal and no-one points out her arrogance in assuming that she already has all the answers.
Read the full story at the BBC website, here.