These are not isolated incidents. There is a magnetic power of the topic which seems to draw people into assume they know what Fine is arguing, which makes them issue counters to arguments she doesn't make, and accuse her of asserting views she doesn't hold.

Fine's arguments are more sophisticated than this, and accept them or not, we can do better if we are going to discuss sex differences in the brain. The rest of this talk is some thoughts about how we can improve the standard of debate. My ambition is not to convince you of a particular view of sex differences research, but sketch out some better things to argue about, and tools for arguing.

Tom Stafford, Debating Sex Differences in Cognition, 2017/18. Theme credit: Matt Webb