• Children Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mother Not Their Father, Say Scientists 

Children Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mother Not Their Father, Say Scientists 

This possibly has interesting implications for the sexist assumptions held by Christian gender complementarians:

Children Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mother Not Their Father, Say Scientists 

Genes for cleverness are carried on the X chromosome and may be deactivated if they come from the father

by Charlotte England

A mother’s genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.

Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.

But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated.

A category of genes known as “conditioned genes” are thought to work only if they come from the mother in some cases and the father in other cases. Intelligence is believed to be among the conditioned genes that have to come from the mother.

Laboratory studies using genetically modified mice found that those with an extra dose of maternal genes developed bigger heads and brains, but had little bodies. Those with an extra dose of paternal genes had small brains and larger bodies.

…. Concerned that people might not be like mice, researchers in Glasgow took a more human approach to exploring intelligence. They found the theories extrapolated from mice studies bear out in reality when they interviewed 12,686 young people between the ages of 14 and 22 every year from 1994. Despite taking into account several factors, from the participants education to their race and socio-economic status, the team still found the best predictor of intelligence was the IQ of the mother.

…But mothers have also been found to play an extremely significant role in this non-genetic part of intelligence, with some studies suggesting a secure bond between mother and child is intimately tied to intelligence.

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Complementarians Ask Women and Girls to Be Small To Make Men Feel Big

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Christian Gender Complementarianism is Christian-Endorsed Codependency for Women (And That’s Not A Good Thing)

Even Warm and Fuzy, True, Correctly-Implemented Gender Complementarianism is Harmful to Women, and It’s Still Sexism – Yes All Comps (Refuting “Not All Comps”)

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2 thoughts on “• Children Inherit Their Intelligence From Their Mother Not Their Father, Say Scientists 

  1. Hmm. Mothers may play a larger role in determining intelligence but that doesn’t make the father’s contribution totally irrelevant. Men looking for wives really need to think twice before they marry that hot blonde airhead. Not only will they be stuck with someone hopelessly silly and irrational (overspending, wastes time painting her face) but your kids will probably be dumb. Even the BOYS. Chew on that complementarian extremists!

    • @ Rachel N.

      You said,

      Men looking for wives really need to think twice before they marry that hot blonde airhead. Not only will they be stuck with someone hopelessly silly and irrational (overspending, wastes time painting her face) but your kids will probably be dumb. Even the BOYS. Chew on that complementarian extremists!

      Unfortunately, many men are not getting this message.

      I saw a study over a year ago about what qualities men look for in a wife Vs. the sort of qualities they’d want in a daughter (I will try to shoot you links to this study IF I can find it again!!)…

      The gist of the study is that a lot of men want a smart, competent DAUGHTER, but they want to marry a sexy, compliant, doormat idiot for a WIFE.

      Very depressing. I also cannot believe men don’t see the hypocrisy there – you want your daughter to be bright, indepenent, tough, etc, but you want to marry a sexy floozy air head.

      So, if these types of men have a daughter and raise her to be competent, smart, etc, what of the sons of other men, who are, at the same time, passing on this idea of,
      “Son, don’t marry a smart, competent woman, only marry a woman based on her looks and how submissive she is.”

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