Archive for August, 2008

"Sex And Culture" online!

August 27, 2008

Someone has scanned this valuable work and put it online.

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August 27, 2008

Pew survey reveals relative female cluelessness

The wide knowledge disparity by gender is the most intriguing (and bravest) finding. While 45% of men have “high” knowledge levels, only 25% of women do. Among those rated “low” (correctly answering nine or fewer of the 23 normative questions asked) were 26% of the men and 42% of the women surveyed. The true difference is likely obscured a bit due to the nature of many of the questions that dealt with being able to identify various people by name (rather than what they believe or what they’ve done)–a ‘superficiality’ that women seem to be better suited for than men are.

From an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense. For all but the last 8,000-10,000 years of human history, homo sapiens were hunter-gatherers. While males ventured off to hunt, defended the clan from external threats, and engaged in acts of aggression against non-clan members, females focused more locally–foraging for nuts and berries, caring for offspring, and preening to maximize sexual attractiveness.

Bluntly, men are, on average, more qualified to make macro-level decisions than women are. It is rooted in both biology and culture. The finding also provides some insight into why nearly one-quarter of the US population is admittedly hesistant to elect a female President.

Screamingly Obvious Revelation of the Day

August 22, 2008

Men, Women and Speed. 2 Words: Got Testosterone?

But for a variety of intrinsic biological reasons, the best women can never run as fast as the best men, exercise researchers say….

And even though some scientists once predicted that women would eventually close the gender gap in elite performances — it was proposed that all they needed was more experience, better training and stronger coaching — that idea is now largely discredited, at least for Olympic events. Researchers say there is no one physiological reason for the gap, although there is a common biological thread.

August 22, 2008

Ask Dr. Helen: Workplace Discrimination Against Men

The problem is that all men do is complain. One employment lawyer noted that while men are discriminated against under the law, he has never had a client bring a discrimination lawsuit against a company. But men do win suits if they bring them.

Florence King on Lillian Hellman

August 21, 2008

Miss King reviewed Hellman and Hammett by Joan Mellen, about the affair between authors Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett.

Like many feminist icons, Lillian Hellman never got asked to the prom. To put it bluntly, she was ugly. How she worked her way into Hammett’s life is unclear, at least from the review, but it might have something to do with the fact that she didn’t run when he punched her in the jaw on their second date.

Hammett was rather a jerk. He had constant affairs, was usually drunk, beat her, insulted her constantly, and in general acted like a swine. The stories of the “love affairs” of leftists are generally object lessons in why one should wait for marriage before having sex; he promised to get a divorce and marry her if she got pregnant by him, but when she did, he made her get an abortion instead.

She probably put up with it because she was trying to steal his writing ability. After he became involved with her, he never wrote another book. His career was destroyed. He did, however, write two famous plays: The Children’s Hour and The Little Foxes, both of which Hellman put her own name to. Soon he was forced to be supported by Hellman’s profitable screenwriting career, which was based on her fraudulent credit for the two plays he wrote.

A few years later Hammett, a communist, was jailed for contempt of court when he refused to name names during the McCarthy thing. She abandoned him and left the country till things blew over.

After his death, she wrote mendacious memoirs that depicted her relationship with Hammett as a beautiful romance, and threatened anyone who wrote a biography of Hammett with lawsuits if they disputed her claims.

Florence King on Gloria Steinem

August 21, 2008

Miss King reviewed The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem by Carolyn G. Heilbrun.

Somehow I’m not surprised to learn that Steinem had an abortion in 1956. Or that she spent time right after college in India where she had a karma reading and otherwise tried to soak up the authenticity.

Miss King says, “She conquered male-dominated publishing like a Marxist Scarlett O’Hara.” She got her first book published by having an affair with a publisher.

She tried to run Ms. Magazine on cooperative Marxist lines. Everyone pretended there was no boss, there were no private offices and no doors that could be closed, the group office was filled with the children of the mothers on the staff, and jobs were assigned by drawing lots. Ms. lost so much money that in 1979 it filed for non-profit status, after which it was eligible for a large grant from the Ford Foundation. It seems that the president of the foundation was probably sleeping with Miss Steinem too.

Finally, of course, she had an affair with millionaire Mort Zuckerman, motivated largely by the idea of all the “good” she could do with his money.

Miss King only mentions Miss Steinem’s most famous piece, her “exposé” of the Playboy Club. Miss Steinem went to work as a Bunny so she could write an article about it. The article was basically about how much your feet hurt when you’re a waitress, and also one other revelation that I know will shock you. Are you sitting down? Well, brace yourselves:

Men are interested in having sex.

Gotta love that investigative journalism!

Like most feminists, Gloria Steinem is just a chick who slept her way to the top. You want a woman who’s achieved something on her own, you’ll have to look for her among traditional women.

Aussie male chauvinism

August 20, 2008

The ugly face of Oz

Certainly you don’t have to look very hard to find recent examples of sexism in Australian life. Earlier this year, for example, there were newspaper reports of a ruckus at the Summernats, a popular car show in Canberra, at which a mob of drunken men targeted the women in attendance, yelling at them to take their shirts off. Then there was the men’s magazine Zoo Weekly, which ran a competition inviting men to send in pictures of their girlfriend’s cleavage, to win them a $10,000 (£4,500) boob job. Following an outcry, the magazine’s editor announced that they were running a new competition, this time to find “Australia’s sexiest feminist”, a contest that was also known as the search “for the hottest girl in sensible shoes”. “If you hate men, we want to see photos of you in sexy lingerie,” read the competition ad. So not an especially apologetic response.

In the political arena, the federal sex discrimination commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, said last month that sexism is “alive and well” in Australian workplaces, and that “the barriers to women’s full and equal participation in the paid workforce are real”, which backs up that maternity-leave report. And earlier this summer, legislator Julia Irwin, a lawmaker in prime minister Kevin Rudd’s Labor party, suggested that there was an ingrained sexist double standard in Australian politics: “We seem to allow some of our male politicians to be aggressive and pushy,” she said, “but women are expected to be meek and mild.”

[I]in 2007 a collection of the most egregious was published in the book One Thousand Terrible Things Australian Men Have Said About Women, compiled by Meredith Burgmann and Yvette Roberts.

The comments included in the book are certainly eye-opening. There is the suggestion from the former Labor leader, Mark Latham, for instance, that Australian men are in crisis, with “mates and good blokes” being replaced “by nervous wrecks, metrosexuals, knobs and tossbags” partly because leftwing feminists have sanitised public culture. Beat that, Tony Blair! Or the comment of the former workplace relations minister, Joe Hockey, when his wife was expecting a baby that “it’s exhausting for me, her being pregnant. I don’t know why, during the birth process, they only focus on the women. What about the men standing there?” (He has since pleaded irony.) One Sydney magistrate is included after having told a female defendant in a short skirt, “Come back when your IQ is as high as your skirt”; while Mel Gibson is quoted as saying to one female police sergeant, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?” All in all, pretty damning. And yet, as Burgmann has said, she’s “constantly asked why Australian men say these kinds of things, but British men and American men and men all around the world say them, too”.

The Ernies Book

I bet she’s now sorry she burnt her bra all those years ago (on Germaine Greer at 63).

-Ray Hadley, broadcaster

Good job, blokes, put those sheilas in their place.

Feminist Folly Links

August 17, 2008

I’m not going to link the article about bikini waxes for 8-year-old girls. It’s just too much.

Instead:

More female neurosurgeons sought

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Efforts are under way to boost the number of women who train to become neurosurgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons said.

A report by the group Women in Neurosurgery said female neurosurgeons comprise less than 6 percent of the nation’s neurosurgical workforce.

“The first female neurosurgeon received Board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS) in 1960, and there are only 189 ABNS-certified female neurosurgeons in the United States today,” lead author Dr. Deborah Benzil said in statement.

The findings are published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

The report said there appears to be gender inequity in regard to salaries and academic promotion, as well as inadequate mentoring and lack of female role models.

“Failure to attract the brightest and most talented in the applicant pool by exclusions of subtle and deniable discrimination is unacceptable,” AANS president James R. Bean said in a statement.

Look, women already mess with our heads figuratively all the time, we don’t need them doing it literally.

The storm within by Germaine Greer

There are some who believe that extreme spousal abuse was always a feature of Aboriginal society; observers such as Louis Nowra in his 2007 book Bad Dreaming, quote witnesses from Watkin Tench, Governor Arthur Phillip, La Motte du Portail and Francois Peron to our own day, to illustrate the case that Aboriginal men were always murderously violent towards their womenfolk, and that women left their communities to live with white men because they were so barbarously ill-treated by their native husbands. Nowra sees the Aboriginal men’s demeanour then and now as dispassionate and casual, and assumes that, even though all the cases he is citing are post-contact, the behaviour is not pathological but normal. He may be right. If he is, we can only wonder how societies with such a high rate of death and maiming of people of reproductive age managed to survive in such a demanding environment for 40,000 or more years. What is dysfunctional now would have been dysfunctional before contact.

Lady, read War Before Civilization or Sick Societies. Humans have spent all of our history, and our hominid history too, killing each other and beating each other up. It’s what we do.

What is obvious is that when the Aboriginal man was dispossessed by the white intruder, he lost his moral authority over his family. How was he supposed to cope when the woman who was his designated wife was taken from him and used by the white intruder, and then as insolently abandoned with her children by him at foot? If she went voluntarily it was bad enough; if she was kidnapped and he was powerless to rescue her, his misery would hardly have been less. When he found himself with the responsibility of rearing the children of the white man who would neither acknowledge them nor support them, his feelings towards them and their mother can hardly be expected to be benign.

Very perceptive for a feminist.

Feminism and Eating Disorders

August 16, 2008

Feminists really don’t want to face the fact that eating disorders, which are almost entirely a female complaint, were virtually nonexistent in the bad old days of patriarchy and then skyrocketed with Women’s Lib.

It isn’t surprising. Feminism destroyed marriage, which means that women can’t hope that anything other than a sexy body will keep their husband in their lives. In sane eras, the affection built up over years and the shared responsibilities of parenthood did it pretty well, enough that many older women could even cope with their husbands having affairs because they knew he would still come home to them. Also, women used to get married young, but feminism has encouraged them to wait until they’ve lost their looks, figures, and fertility, so women are obsessed with keeping their figures long past the age when nature intended. Hence, anorexia and bulimia.

Most overweight women, also, are subconsciously trying to keep men away, for various reasons. They might also be lonely and wish they could attract men, but down deep, they distrust men. Why? Because, again, feminism has screwed up relations between the sexes. When respectable women knew they wouldn’t be expected to provide sex to men who hadn’t committed to them, and that the commitment was real, men weren’t so threatening and few women had reason to keep them away.

An Italian doctor named De Giacomo has come up with a highly effective treatment for anorexia, which he discusses in his book Finite Systems and Infinite Interactions. His prescription is simple: the anorexic and her father are to take a month’s vacation together, and spend the time learning about each other. He has persuaded 22 families to try this remedy, and it succeeded in 21 of them.

Yet more proof that fathers are necessary.

August 15, 2008

Artful Dodger gave me this link:

Women and war: The toll of deployment on physical health

More than 80 percent of a sample of Air Force women deployed in Iraq and other areas around the world report suffering from persistent fatigue, fever, hair loss and difficulty concentrating, according to a University of Michigan study.