pw201 + gender   15

The Google Memo: What Does the Research Say About Gender Differences? | HeterodoxAcademy.org
"1. Gender differences in math/science ability, achievement, and performance are small or nil...
2. Gender differences in interest and enjoyment of math, coding, and highly “systemizing” activities are large. ...
3. Culture and context matter, in complicated ways. Some gender differences have decreased over time as women have achieved greater equality, showing that these differences are responsive to changes in culture and environment. But the cross-national findings sometimes show “paradoxical” effects: progress toward gender equality in rights and opportunities sometimes leads to larger gender differences in some traits and career choices. Nonetheless, it seems that actions taken today by parents, teachers, politicians, and designers of tech products may increase the likelihood that girls will grow up to pursue careers in tech, and this is true whether or not biology plays a role in producing any particular population difference."
feminism  google  diversity  psychology  gender  politics 
august 2017 by pw201
Becoming Atheist: Humanism and the Secular West | Reviews in History
Russel Blackford reviews a book about the social history of atheism in the 20th Century in the West, looking especially at the gender differences in how interviewees expressed their reasons for leaving religion.
atheism  history  gender  russell-blackford 
july 2017 by pw201
Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox: Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles | TED Talk | TED.com
A couple of ballroom dancers who have developed various ways of switching lead/follow during the dance.
dance  ballroom  gender  dancing  waltz  salsa 
october 2016 by pw201
Critically Examining the doctrine of gender identity - YouTube
A presentation by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper for Coventry Skeptics. The Q&A (linked from the description) is interesting too.

A concept of gender identity which is entirely exhausted by "I am what I say I am" doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of a professional philosopher like Reilly-Cooper, and I hadn't realised that people were saying things like "my penis is a female sex organ, because I am female" (as opposed to saying "it's a woman's, because I am a woman").

I do wonder how much harm is being done by people believing wacky things in this case, though: is it common for males to cynically claiming to be women in order to harass women?
gender  sex  feminism  identity  identity-politics  biology  philosophy 
march 2016 by pw201
Ambidancetrous: The Blog — "We don't want to make people uncomfortable." (aka, "What about teh menz?!")
"Ultimately, some of the worry that some straight guys will be uncomfortable dancing with other men (or being led by a woman) may be justified." Het guys: you lost the oppression Olympics, so your comfort and consent about who touches you is less important than our plan to build a utopia through dance. PROBLEMATIC. Well, OK, that bit rubbed me up the wrong way. But seriously, I think an "ambidancetrous" dance scene would be less "problematic" if the expectations (and how they differ from pretty much every other scene) were made clear up front. What I expect would happen then is that if you insisted every lesson was ambidancetrous, you'd never get enough people to make a viable community. Maybe it'd work as an option within an established scene, though.
lindy  consent  gender  feminism  lindyhop  dance 
may 2013 by pw201
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever
An explanation which tries to avoid those problematic identity politics jargon terms (see what I did there?)
sexuality  feminism  race  privilege  gender 
may 2012 by pw201
Boys’ brains, girls’ brains: How to think about sex differences in psychology. - Slate Magazine
"Fear of sexism has produced a bias against conceding sex differences, which gets in the way of frank discussion and investigation." "Beware any explanation that relies on a single factor. Hormones matter, but so does socialization." "The fishy part of neuroscience isn’t the data. It’s the spin we put on the data in the guise of explanation."
gender  neuroscience  psychology  feminism 
november 2011 by pw201
Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research «
Revisiting that "I've noticed you around, will you go to bed with me?" study (as popularised by popular beat combo "Touch and Go") and disputing the conclusion that women just don't like sex: "the only consistently significant predictor of acceptance of the sexual proposal, both for women and for men, was the perception that the proposer is sexually capable".

It being a feminist blog, they then go against the science the other way and say that perception of risk is a much higher factor than the study suggested (the study thought it was an effect, but not the primary one).
science  sex  feminism  gender 
march 2011 by pw201
Double agent | World news | The Guardian
"Norah Vincent spent 18 months disguised as a man. She relives the boys nights out, the bad dates - and what happened when she ended up in bed with another woman." Women don't quite know what dating is like as a guy, it turns out. Or at least, Norah didn't, and ended up being quite sympathetic when she'd tried it :-)
equality  gender  women  men  dating  sex  relationships 
january 2011 by pw201
Out with pink and blue: Don't foster the gender divide - opinion - 19 July 2010 - New Scientist
Neurologist Lise Eliot argues that, while there are some differences innate differences between males and females, there's also a lot of plasticity in human brains.
gender  science  neuroscience  brains  psychology 
july 2010 by pw201
IEEE Spectrum: Math Quiz: Why Do Men Predominate?
"among top math performers, the gender gap doesn’t exist in some ethnic groups and in some countries. The researchers conclude that culture is the main reason more men excel at the highest math levels in most countries."
maths  mathematics  gender  feminism  equality 
december 2009 by pw201
The late, mannerist years of identity politics
"I am X, and I am different from Y. Other people are ignorant of the difference between X and Y. They must be educated. People, you must call me X and respect my difference from yourself, and from Y. You must refer to me by the term I have chosen to refer to myself by, and stay tuned for any changes I choose to make in this label, and new terms you must use to describe me -- those new terms which the stigma treadmill or reclamation of previously-taboo terms may, from time to time, make it necessary for me to substitute."
identity  politics  gender  feminism  transexualism 
november 2009 by pw201
Math Is Harder for Girls by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal 28 July 2008
and also easier: men are more likely to be the outliers in either direction.
teaching  science  education  maths  mathematics  gender  feminism 
august 2008 by pw201

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