Posts Tagged ‘society’

How creative young white men beat Hillary

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The Style of Edwardian Women

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Just don’t objectify her …

Actress Jennifer Lawrence:

 

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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

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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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.