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Texas GOP Advisor Tells College Group: ‘Nope, I Have Still Not Seen Evidence Women are Great Thinkers’

A controversial advisor to Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott recently admitted to a group of college students that he just may be a bigot. Charles Murray, a libertarian pundit who believes women have smaller brains, opened his speech by telling the young people he “had a different view of equality,” and that he just may be a “racist and sexist” or and other ‘ist’ that people call him.

On campus to discuss his newest book “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010,” Murray, who has also been labeled a white Nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, did not shy away from his sexist views during his speech, telling the small roomful of college students that he thinks the whole idea of an income gap for women is a myth.

“Once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the ‘gender wage gap’ all but disappears,” he said. He also said that many women prefer to stay home with their children and women, ” and often chose fields of study, such as sociology, liberal arts or psychology,” that are paid less in the labor market.

To institute a law to demand equal pay for women, he then concluded, would actually be harmful for female workers, since employers would simply refuse to hire them.

During the question and answer session that followed his speech, one female student challenged Murray on his views on women and asked if he still believed, as he wrote in a 2005 paper, that “no woman has been a significant original thinker in any of the world’s great philosophical traditions.”

In a somewhat rambling response, Murray said that although women have contributed to some fields, such as literature, when it comes to philosophy he can think of only one woman and “she was not a significant thinker in the estimation of historians of philosophy.”

Based on that, he told the student that due to the lack of evidence he would stick to his original statement. “Until somebody gives me evidence to the contrary” he said. “I’ll stick with that statement.”

Photo Credit: Charles Murray/Twitter


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