Posts Tagged ‘Evolutionary Psychology’

The Queen of Swing

Nadege Du Bospertus in the red swings her hips but Yasmeen Ghauri in the yellow was the “Queen of Swing”:

 

Here is Yasmeen Ghauri again:

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Exceptionally pretty girls

 

Liv O’Donnell

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Carey Mulligan

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Marina Nery

 

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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.