So after I calmed down a little, I looked at some other articles on the Harvard scandal. And... I really wish there was a record of his speech, so I could know what he really said - the quotations from the Guardian article were what people in his audience said Summers said, and are repeated inexactly between newspapers, (although the gist is the same).
After reading a few articles that agree with the Guardian, a few that are at least *attempting* a balance but not succeeding very well, and a few that don't see why women are overreacting anyway, I'm sticking with my initial reaction of flailing rage.
Also, I'm left with even *more* of an impression that Summers doesn't know what he's talking about - there's quotes from other professors applauding his willingness to make unpopular hypotheses, but they all seem to be from faculties that have nothing to do with the topic. Professors in fields that actually *research* the innate math/science gender differences are saying, WTF we already did these studies and [given the required disclaimer] this is not the case, and absolutely is less the case than discrimination and socialization.
And there's the little fact that since he's been in charge, the hiring of women at Harvard has plummeted. (Last year, 4 out of 32 tenured positions were offered to women. This does Not Impress.)
Which says something, really. But it just leads back to me ranting, and I'm sure everyone's had enough of that today.