Well, this “Girls Love Pink Cos They Pick Fruit, Fuck, and Have Babies!” study would be a prime example of Why We Need Blogs.
I see a lot of whining about bloggers being mere parasites on the underbelly of the mainstream media, whose journalists do real research dontcha know. Yet, the MSM has taken the press release of this paper and lapped it up, uncritically, in the smug way they lap up any other succulent morsel of women-should-be-in-the-kitchen news. I’m yet to find a shred of evidence that any of the “journalists” who have reported this: CNN, the Australia, the Washington Post, Time – have so much as eyed the actual report, let alone thought critically about the assumptions, evidence or analysis. No ideas, no questions; the heftiest competition amongst them seems to be who can make the prattiest joke about women and shopping.
Boys like blue, girls like pink and there isn’t much anybody can do about it
As for Eve, Hurlbert added, maybe there was a different reason she picked that apple.
Blogs are where the real to-and-fro is happening. Quite a few feminist blogs are taking a good hard look at the study, and the scrutiny isn’t confined to the femisphere. We have a real, public “peer review” process going on, and a deeper level of examination that the paperworld eschews when the press release pings the trifecta of a PhD, a juicy hook, and a delicious serving of sexist stereotype.
What about you? Where have you seen actual analysis and critique of this “scientific” report, or any other? Have you found a MSM reporter who appears to have read the paper? Thought about it?
And as an aside, is anyone here associated with Current Biology and its review process? Because the gaping holes I found on my cursory look, in an area outside my main field, really make me wonder. Because I’m pretty sure I’d be called out at the senior undergrad tier about that level of lazy referencing or lack of rigorous thought about confounders and variables. Does CB usually publish hand-waving evpsych speculation? Because this stuff looks to me like it belongs in “Medical Hypotheses”.
The backlash, it is everywhere. And much of it is passive.