Posts Tagged ‘Females’

Shades of Earth


Her lipsticks are shades
of earth from the land
of love; her scents the airs
from perfumed dreaming
isles; where swaying trees
adorned with fruit stand
by softly curving bays.


Julian O’Dea


Nurse Haiku

keeping things
her nurse’s cap

taking the flowers
out of the ward
leaving her scent

blue eyeshadow
how memory fades


Julian O’Dea

Paint your Lips

Paint your lips sweet
so that I can kiss a flower
and visit like a honey bee
hour on lingering hour.

Be always there,
smooth blossom tree,
so that all my labours
can be sweet for me.


Julian O’Dea

Just don’t objectify her …

Actress Jennifer Lawrence:




I think of small breasts

of comb jellies in the sea

of gentle Welsh hills

of white mushrooms on

the trunks of trees

of ripples on a shallow pond

I think of small breasts


Julian O’Dea


Women changing their surnames: what does the free market say?

Many of the claims of social change can be tested by observing what the free market shows. This was a point made I think by Warren Farrell. In that case, he remarked that what men and women actually spent their money on, for example what magazines they bought, was a very good indicator of what they were truly interested in.

It is often claimed that young women don’t change their names on marriage as much as they used to in places like Australia. The existence of prominent advertising for this product suggests that many are still keen to do so:

Marriage Name Change Kit [Australian]

Women and brilliance

“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.”



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.