Yes. I don't have the expertise to evaluate whether this paper is methodologically flawed and thus if its conclusions are reliable. This is what scientists should be looking at & doing further studies to determine. Truth matters more than what anyone would like to be true. (cont)
For example, one study seemed to show that female doctors do slightly better than male doctors at making accurate diagnoses on average. People with various gender ideologies could be very happy or unhappy at this finding but their feelings on the matter are irrelevant to truth.
The question is whether the study's methods were sound & could be relied upon & confirmed by further studies. If so, the next step is to discover why this might the case. It could be because women have slightly better communication skills on average.
If it could be determined that this was the cause of the disparity, that would be valuable information because it would indicate the importance of effective communication to accurate diagnoses.
This could be studied further and reveal changes that could be implemented across the field & improve all doctor's diagnostic accuracy. It wouldn't help at all if it got retracted as sexist against men because ideologues feared people would say men shouldn't be doctors.
Similarly, if it is true that female scientists do better with male mentors than female ones, there will be a reason for this which can be discovered. Maybe because men are more assertive on average? Whatever it is, knowing it would enable all mentors improve their mentoring.
It will not help at all if this paper gets retracted as sexist against women because ideologues feared people would say women shouldn't be mentors. Instead:
1) Confirm or disconfirm the finding.
2) In confirmed, discover why.
3) When understood why, use to improve all practice.

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