And it's even worse than its title suggests. It takes that daft University of Pennsylvania survey which purports to discover hard-wired male/female brain differences which "prove" men are better at reading maps, and basically uses it as the basis for arguing that women should be disenfranchised in case they turn into Margaret Thatcher.
OK, it doesn't actually go so far as saying that letting women have the vote* was a mistake, but it does include eye-popping lines like
It’s a cute piece of research for two reasons. It sits comfortably with what so many of us think, even if we don’t say it out loud. Yet it challenges every one of us.
University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that women’s brains are wired from left to right – that’s linking logic with intuition. In men, the neural connections go from front to back. That strengthens their spatial and motor skills. This research suggests that those age old stereotypes are true. Overall men are better at reading maps and being single-minded when tackling a problem. Women are in general better at multitasking. They are more intuitive and they work better in groups.
Things that "so many of us think, even if we don't say it out loud", eh? Tell us more, Mr Boddington, tell us more. I'm particularly interested in your views on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the moon landings, the Kennedy assassination and the sinking of the Titanic.
Oh, of course complementarianism (the last refuge of a scoundrel. And of General Synod)comes into it:
In my mind, the University of Pennsylvania research heralds a revolution. We can bin the era of treating men and women as the same. We can regard each other as equal but really rather different.
Everyone, apparently, has been getting it wrong, trying to drive those curvy female pegs into the square male holes of - well, everywhere, really.
In the workplace, there has been for too long a tendency to deny the differences between men and women in pursuit of equality.
Not from where I've been sitting (next to the coffee tray, pen poised to take the minutes) all these years, Mr Boddington.
Female qualities are clearly not appreciated in the abrasive cut and thrust that has dominated the private sector since time immemorial.
So, what to do about it? Apparently,
Women will only achieve a half the share of power when they stand in their own shoes and speak up for their own way of thinking and working.
Oh, it's women's failure to speak up that's the problem, rather than the fact that they get told to swallow a man's dick (or a rubber feeding tube full of porridge) when they do? Or that MPs on the Government back benches make bum and breast gestures when women get up to speak?
So there you have it. The proper place for women in politics is on Lord Rennard's casting couch.
*Which, as we all know, was nothing to do with the Liberals, who tried their damnedest to stop it happening, including by the use of mass imprisonment, systematised police brutality and torture.