What the hell? Prof-like Substance says he’s moving his blog this Monday and we’ll know where to find him.
I wouldn’t be moving, however, if it wasn’t for something really exciting. I’ll be posting a link on Monday, but my guess is that come Monday you’ll know where to find me…
Well I’d lay odds he’s not going to Nature Network.
Damn. If that blogger dude is going to some new clubhouse, I’m going to bust my hairy-legged ass in there too, you just wait and see if I don’t.
Some of you are no doubt aware that the esteemed PalMD has a new blog home. Check out this recent, and distressing, post on dengue fever in Florida: One epidemic, two problems. I have relatives in Florida, and I might like to visit them, and, well, I just generally care about anyone who lives there, so this really disturbing.
As Saguy [the lead researcher] explains, “When a woman believes that a man is focusing on her body, she narrows her presence… by spending less time talking.” There are a few possible reasons for this. Saguy suspects that objectification prompts women to align their behaviour with what’s expected of them – silent things devoid of other interesting traits. Treat someone like an object, and they’ll behave like one. Alternatively, worries about their appearance might simply distract them from the task at hand.
Or, if you read the incredibly intelligent comments on the post, the REALZ interpretation of the data is…
- Women were asking for it.
- And they like it.
- And it’s their fault, because they have poor self-esteem.
- And men are oppressed, too!
- And evolushunz means menz haz got to stare at teh boobiez.
Which pretty much sums up every stupid-ass comment you get these days whenever you try to talk sensibly in any manner about sexual harassment, sexual objectification, sexism, sexual discrimination, bias, etc. Generally you also get comments like “this is all anecdote, there is no real data” but it seems that when even a man writes a blog post laying forth exceptionally strong data making the case that objectification is harmful to women, it’s not sufficient.
The bleating hordes will still show up and cry “wah wah, no, it is all wrong! My theory, which is mine, about this data, in this paper I have not read, is much better! The next thing I’m going to say is my theory. Ready? My theory by A. Douche. All women exist to be ogled by men, and then to be fucked by men, and then to say how much they loved it. That is my theory, it is mine, and belongs to me and I own it, and what it is too.”
Go read Ed’s post, then instead of the comments, just watch this: