Posts Tagged ‘Evolutionary Psychology’

Women and brilliance

https://m.phys.org/news/2018-01-linking-success-fields-intellectual-talent.html#jCp

“Linking success in some fields to intellectual talent undermines women’s interest in them …¬†Overall, these experiments found that women showed less interest in career areas that were linked to “brilliance” relative to other traits, such as dedication. Men, however, did not generally show differential interest in these areas. The results also pointed to the “brilliance = men” stereotype as a reason for these gender differences.”

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MY COMMENT:

Women are not generally brilliant so the term does not generally get applied to them. In the same way, men rarely get called winsome.

Secondly, confidence is necessary for success because a certain arrogance gives a person a reason to believe he or she will succeed. Women in science for example undermine themselves by choosing small subjects and topics. The big fields like high energy physics and cosmology attract men because we have big ambitions. Small fields like botanical taxonomy and illustration attract women. Nobody wins a Nobel Prize for botanical taxonomy.

As usual this article gets cause and effect wrong. Fields that require brilliance and daring attract men because men tend to be brilliant and daring. What really bugged feminists about the Shirtgate scientist was not his naughty t shirt (anyone could see he was just a nice, jolly kind of fellow). What really bothered them was his masculine brilliance and daring in landing a probe on a comet.

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Young Aboriginal couple

 

This young couple creates striking maternity shoot using songlines and stories

 

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Intellectual Cuties: No. 9 in a series: mathematics girl

I am pretty sure this is the same woman (talking about maths). She looks so much better to me in the second video. It’s the hair being up and her makeup. She also seems perkier in the second video. In any case, she is a worthy addition to my series of “intellectual cuties”.

 

 

 

Women’s declining happiness

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/18/womens-rights-happiness-wellbeing-gender-gap

This article considers every possibility except the obvious one, that traditional roles make women happier.

Womanspreading

Traditionally and sensibly, women used to keep their vulva and vagina covered and hidden. There IS a mystery about that part of a woman’s body. But it is also vulnerable. Dressing modestly and keeping their legs together has therefore been traditionally seen as decent, feminine behaviour.

Feminists have attempted to reverse this natural inclination by claiming some illusory “power” for their genitals and breasts, and showing them off at every opportunity (pussy hats, Femen). But it makes no sense to lead with one’s most vulnerable point.

Womanspreading is not empowering. Undressing is not empowering. A freed nipple is not empowering. At best it looks absurd. At worst it just draws the “male gaze” even more powerfully.

Women’s wide hips

According to the article cited below, women’s wide hips do not mean inefficient locomotion. The author also seems to be arguing that childbirth does not require wide hips. So, why wide hips? I am wondering if it is something to do with the strength and/or stability of triangles (such as that made by a wide pelvis and the legs) and the way women need to carry babies and young children efficiently, with the downward force towards the ground.

Stability might be particularly important when carrying a baby or child because of the risk of injury to the young.

In Defence of Wide Hips

 

 

 

Lauren Southern subjected to MakeApp

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The app (which is claimed to use neural net intelligence) needs some more work. As somebody pointed out, her eye colour has apparently changed.

On the positive side, Lauren Southern looks quite good in the right hand picture.

My wife rarely wears or wore makeup. Some women can get away with it.