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8 responses to “Femmostroppo Reader – October 12, 2009”

  1. lilacsigil

    I am so! steaming! angry! about that pharmacist. Even more so, I’m angry at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia for dismissing the whole thing, saying that “there’s other pharmacies in Griffith.” Well, fine. Why, then do pharmacists differ from checkout staff? Why *shouldn’t* pharmacies be owned by supermarkets, if they’re just the same as any other business, with no need for ethics or consideration of health and welfare of patients, no need for government funding, no need for government protectionism and no requirments other than the owner’s whim? Rather undermines the whole idea that pharmacies are special healthcare environments, doesn’t it?

  2. mcduff

    On the “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” thing some may find this interesting.
    http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~lds/sexsci/
    Here is the abstract:
    “This report considers three prominent claims that boys and men have greater natural aptitude for high-level careers in mathematics and science. According to the first claim, males are more focused on objects and mechanical systems from the beginning of life. According to the second claim, males have a profile of spatial and numerical abilities that predisposes them to greater aptitude in mathematics. According to the third claim, males show greater variability in mathematical aptitude, yielding a preponderance of males at the upper end of the distribution of mathematical talent. Research on cognitive development in human infants and preschool children, and research on cognitive performance by students at all levels, provides evidence against these claims. Mathematical and scientific reasoning develop from a set of biologically based capacities that males and females share. From these capacities, men and women appear to develop equal talent for mathematics and science.”
    The last 3 sentences are the important ones.

  3. orlando

    Again on “Pink Brain, Blue Brain” (which it seems I must get a copy of), the reviewer’s only criticism is of the title, but I rather think that’s a deliberate ploy to draw in those expecting another book telling us that all the differences we see are natural and “hard-wired” (yeech, how I hate that term). Subversion! We haz it!

  4. Rebekka

    Argh, arrrgh, I just googled the Swedish schoolkids story (work had blocked the link above for some reason) and then made the mistake of reading this article (“scolded”, ugh) and the comments, which almost made my head explode “Boys and girls are different and the teacher is trying to force a politically correct agenda on them”/”Swedes are all stupid”)

    But the kids themselves = made of WIN!

  5. Zoe

    My friend K8y has allowed me to publish at crazybrave her unsent reply to Crikey’s stupid where are the wimminz! from a little while ago. She writes beautifully and is hilarious, and I am trying to encourage her to blog.

  6. Miriam Heddy

    Don’t read the comments on the otherwise fabulous Toys R Us article in “The Local.”
    http://www.thelocal.se/22504/20091006/

    Three down, someone makes a fatphobic comment–because of course, one should never miss an opportunity to complain about fat people.

    In fact, I think that’s why they invented the internet.

    Sigh.

  7. Rebekka

    That post, Zoe, is made of WIN, and K8y should *definitely* be blogging. I love the summary of “women’s issues” as defined by “journalists”:

    “Look out for pedophiles! Look out for preservatives! Have more sex with your husband! Spend time on yourself! Discipline your child! Use sun block! Don’t eat cheese! Satin blouse! Julie Bishop! Babies in microwaves! Buy this! Lose that!”

  8. PharaohKatt

    WRT the Pink Brain, Blue Brain article, I wrote an article a while ago which suggested that, since the brain is plastic, we are actually programming these differences into our children ourselves. Because we subconsciously think they are true, we give girls and boys different stimuli, and so actually shape their brains in the way we think they should be.

    Definitely buying that book! It confirms what I was trying to say!

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