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1. A perfect example of cafeteria feminism:
“It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities,” Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
“To batter this woman because they don’t feel they have the ability to batter President Obama is something we the women are not going to stand by and watch,” said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis. “Their feckless and reckless speculation is unworthy of their offices as senators.”
Said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.: “We will not allow a brilliant public servant’s record to be mugged to cut off her consideration to be secretary of state.”
Drama queens perpetuating the ridiculous War on Women trope with hyperbolic language. If you can’t handle the criticism after being wrong, get back in the kitchen.
2. Interesting article on height differentials in men and women:
Shorter women have more children. And while being on the low end of the measuring stick benefits them on an evolutionary scale, it keeps their brothers from attaining the trait that favors their reproductive success: average height. Researchers in the UK claim to be the first to demonstrate this new explanation for why height variation exists: That one’s height depends heavily on one’s genes, and that the genetic mechanisms for determining height are similar in men and women, preventing each gender from being able to evolve independently toward their sex-specific ideals.
It is possible that homosexuality can also be explained:
The same, it has been shown, may go for attractiveness as well: A study from last year found that among siblings who were “physically and hormonally masculine,” the brothers were seen as more attractive than their sisters. It’s also been suggested that this conflict explains how homosexuality can be perpetuated in the population. The genetic factor that makes gay males very much not reproductively fit benefits their sisters, who tend to have more children than the general population.
3. A black woman conducted an experiment on Monster.com. She had worked in the insurance industry for a decade and went back to get a degree of some sort. When she finished school she applied for a lot of jobs but couldn’t get a call back. She noticed that Monster asks about race and instead of reporting that she was a black female she checked the “decline to identify” box. And then she uploaded a resume under the name Bianca White. Her callbacks soared, reportedly.
Even if systematic racism exists in the hiring process, this “experiment” doesn’t really tell us anything. “Bianca White” isn’t a white person’s name, for starters. It sounds like a stripper’s name which may be part of the reason for a spike in callbacks. What male hiring manager wouldn’t want to at least interview a woman with that name?
4. Mark Krikorian gives a good fisking to a Wall Street Journal editorial clamoring for more pandering to Hispanics.