Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Body Hair And Gender. A Re-Post.

From last April.  I find the post still funny and informative, though weak on racial and cultural differences in the body hair expectations.

Speaking of cultural differences, when a woman asked her picture to be photo-shopped in several cultures so as to make her beautiful, the results were fascinating in their variation. For instance, one of the American photoshops gives her those eyes Fox News seems to demand for its female talking heads: leopard-like.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Economics Tuesday 2: Learning about the Gender Gap in Wages

This is a topic close to my heart and my brain.  It's also a topic which is almost always subject to a lot of wishful thinking.  Conservatives and anti-feminists argue that women just choose to earn less because they don't want to have risky or dangerous jobs and because they want to be with their babies etc.  Indeed, I frequently read that "everyone knows there's no gender gap in wages at all because men work harder."  On the other side of the political aisle, I frequently read that the whole gross gender gap in earnings is evidence of women not being paid the same for exactly the same work.

The actual evidence doesn't support either one of those stances, though it does demonstrate that there is an unexplained difference in the average earnings of men and women (and also similar unexplained earnings differences between otherwise identical workers of different races and ethnic groups).  This post from last spring gives lots of links to those of you who would like to learn more.  I encourage it, because getting properly informed is important.  The posts on sex segregation at work (post 1, post 2 and post 3) are the most recent ones and come highly recommended by me.  Um.  Also this one, because it's on the politics.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Research Monday 2: When Studies Are Retracted Or Fail Replication

These are important  concerns for those who popularize new studies.  They really should check when studies they have touted end up in the waste paper basket, and they should tell their readers that this was the case.  Otherwise people will remain misinformed.

I have covered several examples recently.  Here is one on men's wallets and women's orgasms, and here is a general discussion of the many ways women's ovulation makes them act weirdly.  A specific example of one ovulation study is here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Why You Should Not Move to Scandinavia. A Re-Post.

I put this one up again because it was popular.  It's a meditation on such questions as what makes countries good places to live in or not.  But it doesn't really address the question why some countries fail, why some governments are nothing but beehives of corruption and why some countries really have no functioning governments at all.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Who's Winning The Class Wars?

Keep in mind that the US doesn't even mention the term "class."  But social classes still exist, and something like a class war is an ongoing project.  As long as the top classes are safely winning we don't hear it called "war," by the way.  Just the way things are.

But the recent increases in wealth and income inequality have made the class wars more visible.  I write about the language of the right in this post from last fall

And this is what has been happening about income inequality more recently:  Even the Democrats can't agree whether it's good to talk about it or not.  Probably because politics runs on donations and richer people can donate more. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014