You are being dramatic and very much sensitive to me. Take for example, “Women with Premenstrual Syndrome are more irritable than those who are not afflicted by it”—stereotype? maybe, yes, I don’t know; general truth? yes. Listen honey, one of the obstacles to understanding what behavioral characteristics follow each group around this world is that widespread use of the term “stereotypes” to dismiss whatever observations or evidence may be cited as distinguishing features of particular group behavior *patterns*. But behavior has consequences; thereby it is an empirical fact not to be waved aside.
It is understandable that we Russians might wish to explain away our remarkable success in the arts by citing special dispensations granted from cultural determinants. But let me reassure you that it has become a common rhetorical fashion among you and your ilk to refer to cultural superiority in particular fields as mere reiteration of prevalent stereotypes. I am NOT ascribing niches, but what I AM doing is buttressing to the larger belief that observed patterns of group differences must be due to the surrounding society and that society’s, yes, stereotypes. The presupposition of an absence of distinguishing group values and traits is as arbitrary as any stereotype. You see honey, it is not an incredible coincidence that we succeed in the arts.