Awesome podcast from the CBC on the way science and society has shaped the supposed Gender Gap.
“For the past 20 years we’ve been hearing the claims from pop psychology to neuroscience: men and women, boys and girls, have different brains. The books are plentiful: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,The Female Brain, The Essential Difference. The idea that males and females are hard-wired to learn differently, making them better suited for specific professions, has taken hold. Yet some neuroscientists and psychologists believe this leads to unhealthy gender stereotyping. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell explores the debate.”
The Gender Gap, CBC
Just when I thought we were done with the Culkins another one pops up
I’m kind of obsessed with reading these Dateline articles on Nerve. It’s entirely possible that I just need to know that other people are having as hard if not harder time than me in the dating world. I know have have a few hang ups or issues when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex. Not to mention commitment issues and what appears to be some slight unrealistic expectations.
On the whole, My idea of romance is incredibly simple but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like it to be involved. Romance can be just remembering a stupid thing I said back in some text I sent 3 weeks ago that made you laugh. it’s just showing you actually give a fuck to make the other person laugh or have a good time. That’s not that hard is it?
I’ve been on OKCupid for the past 3 years and I have had some interesting adventures. Not sexy ones like my friend, Let’s call her MML or My Main lady. No, I’ve had the much more common “I’m really sorry I haven’t responded but I’ve been having surgery to get rid of my CANCER” or “while you were away for a week I found someone I like more, sorry” or “I like you a lot but I completely forgot we were going out tonight, rain-check? P.S.I’ll sleep over, have some wicked dream and bite you in my sleep”
I figure this is someone in the middle range of freaky dating stories since I haven’t gained a stalker or waken up to some guy wanking in the corner but still, I’m scoring pretty well.
Let’s see how the next couple go.
You may have heard by now that Jessica Simpson finally popped out a lil one after the longest pregnancy in history (probably not but lets not pretend we weren’t thinking it.) The second tidbit is that she named her little girl Maxwell Drew. The comments have been going off a bit at this info. “but that’s 2 boys names?” I will not lie a few comments tickled me a bit and made me think she really does have a good sense of humour, but the former was honestly my first thought. Luckily my developed brain then skipped straight into, What right do I have to judge what gender a name is? I expect the first girl or boy to be called Sydney would not appreciate it.
About.com has a list of 121 Unisex names and I’m sure there is more added to this list everyday including Maxwell. It’s universally accepted that Bailey can be either a girl or a boy. An let’s face it, everybody knows that you can’t look at a baby and be able to tell it’s a boy or girl. However, people get so worked up about it like the downfall of the world came with the non-gender specific onesie/romper or, baby jeebus help us, if you happen to dress a boy in pink. Just stop confusing people, you hippies!
Moral here is, it’s not my place or yours to judge what gender a name is. Save your pity and confusion for the sadly misspelled phonetic ones like Shy-anne, DestyNeigh, Madisyn.
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