So, upon looking at the readings again, I noticed something interesting about the Wilchins reading. In the article, Wilchins points out that science focusing on similarities between sexes is a lot harder, if not impossible to get funding for than science focusing on the differences.
This reminded me of something called publication bias in science, or the file drawer effect. Basically, results that are negative or insignificant have a lot harder time getting published in journals, even when the science is solid, when compared to articles that may not be as well performed, but show a new or interesting result. This made me think that there may be a connection between this effect and the lack of funding for studies on the similarities between genders.
Is this part of the problem of the problem Wilchins describes, or is there another reason that studies that look at the similarity between genders are seldom given grants? What does it imply if this is the cause behind the difficulty in obtaining grants?