Apr 27, 2011

"Girls are more intelligent than boys"

At the school's most recent debate, I was put in charge of scoring the participants on "expression/content." This allowed me to take notes without feeling awkward. Following is my summary of the arguments for and against the statement: "Girls are more intelligent than boys."

For (“which I say a big YES to”)
  • girls are found in art, science, politics
  • girls send boys to fight wars for them while the girls sit at home and enjoy
  • intelligence cannot only be defined by test scores
  • girls are good at domestic work
  • girls can handle different positions without problem
  • girls have been leading boys in exams
  • best student in grade eleven last year was a girl
  • the president says educating girl child means educating the nation
  • girls never get caught stealing; the girls send the boys out while the girls stay home and enjoy
  • boys play games and refuse to fetch firewood for their parents
  • boys are sleeping in classrooms
  • the boys are only intelligent when it comes to stupidness
  • if you hit your head with a stone it will be good for the stone but it will never be good for you
  • a girl will ask a boyfriend to buy something for her and he will not have the money
  • girls are important
  • Delilah’s intelligence caused Sampson to go against Allah
  • a woman’s intelligence caused Adam to go against Allah
  • girls cannot be compared to boys
  • girls can catch criminals but boys cannot
  • two girls from the school are now at Gambia College but only one boy is
  • boys write on the blackboard, the fence, the walls, etc. while girls are writing notes that will help them
  • even in our homes our mothers are more intelligent than our fathers; fathers sit around talking at the bantaba while mothers discuss school fees

Against (“which I say a big NO to”)
  • boys are physically stronger and have a wider capacity for thinking
  • the government is supporting girls because girls are far behind
  • boys are not called to conferences, e.g. for child rights and gender, because boys already know that information
  • girls and boys are like rabbits and hyenas
  • looking at past school records boys have been among the top students
  • girls are always dropping out from poor performance and failing exams
  • we rarely see boys repeating more than one year
  • there are more boys than girls at school
  • intelligent boys do not impregnate girls, but girls get impregnated by dumb boys
  • the great discoveries of science have been made by men
  • God says leaders should be respected and often leaders are men
  • it is a natural phenomenon that boys are ahead of girls in every way and there is nothing we can do to change
  • girls spend boys hard-earned money buying asobis
  • girls spend all their intelligence on break time
  • the thinking capacity of boys is stronger than girls’
  • doing domestic work doesn’t require intelligence
  • girls don’t know what is good for them, they just want to satisfy themselves
  • girls only intelligence is in harassing boys sexually; they will start walking like little girls until they meet a boy then they will walk like a [some non-English word that elicited laughter and applause]
  • girls are used as domestic slaves because of the intelligence of boys
  • our ancestors believed boys are more intelligent because they can defend the family
  • the government is helping girls because they know boys are naturally gifted by the Almighty
  • Adam would not have been called to examine with the angels if boys weren’t more intelligent
  • boys are leading in exams
  • girls don’t take teachers’ instruction but boys do
  • girls are provided with everything and still they are lagging behind
  • men are more leaders than females
  • boys are more performing in chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Islamically it is accepted for a man to lead in prayer but not women
  • a lot of presidents who are men, although some are women they are not as many—why? it is because of weakness of women.
  • boys are always thinking about exams but girls are always thinking about boyfriends
  • 0.22% of girls will pass

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