Last week I had a conversation with three male colleagues about why women are thought to be less intelligent than men. It started when one of them was talking about employment of women in Saudi Arabia. Also how women invaded the labor market in general & how they decreased men’s opportunities to get jobs. While – in their opinion- women should be taking care of their homes, because they’re not as intelligent as men & women as one of them stated tafheen which means in Arabic insignificant or empty minded.
I got heated up; I just couldn’t bear being inferiorly looked at. But no matter how I tried to talk to them, they stuck to their points of view. Here’s what I told them in addition to some ideas came to my mind as I was writing this.
If you go back in time, when there was slavery. African people were captivated, suppressed & they couldn’t do anything but serve their masters. For example in the United States where some slavery took place. After it became illegal, African Americans were not allowed to sit in the same place where white people existed. They weren’t allowed to go to same schools white people went to. This made a big gap between the white race development & that of black race.
If you tried to search in history for scientists, you’ll find that the number of dark-skinned ones is nothing compared to other scientists. If you are focusing on what I’m saying you’ll find it very relevant to women’s intelligence issue. Women’s job for years was not more than being a housewife, a person who does nothing but cleaning, raising her kids & making food for the family. For centuries women had no right to do anything except that.
So, you’ll find African Americans well-built with strong bodies because that’s what the race grew upon. And you’ll find women great in housework, up till now. It’s not because African Americans are stupid, but that’s the development they had, by serving & working their butts off. Same thing applies for women.
Studies proved that the average IQ of men & women is equivalent. They reached the conclusion that:
Men tend to perform better on spatial questions.
Women outpace men on reading and other verbal skills.
Bottom line, Women are not stupid.
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم: “إنما النساء شقائق الرجال، ما أكرمهن إلا كريم، وما أهانهن إلا لئيم”
Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him said: “Assuredly, women are the twin halves of men.” (Sahih reported by Abu-Dawud (RA)