chapter  15
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Who Knows? What Can They Know? And When?

A t a recent symposium on feminism and science, several participants discus­sed feminist criticism of androcentric bias in developmental psychology.1 Granting that many of the criticisms were warranted, a psychologist balked at the relationships others found between them and feminism. In reference to one of the issues under discussion, he maintained “Anyone can see that you can’t build a theory about psychological development from studies limited to males. There is no need to assume there’s a relationship between feminism and the ability to see that.” I waited for someone on the podium to ask the obvious question: if the problem with an empirical base limited to males-a common limitation in developmental psychology-was obvious, then why, prior to the advent of femi­ nist science criticism, had developmental psychologists not recognized it?