Feminist Folly Links

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.

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