Archive for November, 2011

Women’s Choices Keep Them Out of Math Intensive Fields

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Take a look at this very interesting video by researchers Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams of Cornell University. They explain why there are so few women in math intensive fields (summary below):

The key points are:

  • Ability: The ratio of men to women is 2 to 1 in the most gifted group (the top one percent). But the ratio of male to female math professors is 4 or 5 to 1. So ability cannot explain why there aren’t more women in math intensive professions.
  • Discrimination: Women are not discriminated against when they look for math intensive jobs.
  • Women’s preferences and choices: Women prefer becoming medical doctors or veterinarians instead of mathematicians or engineers. Women also opt out of the tenure-line.

Read their full paper here.

Thanks to Søren for sending this in!

Sluts, Studs and Losers

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I just saw the following tweet:

I don’t think it’s fair that when women have sex with lots of men they’re “sluts,” but when I have sex with lots of women I’m “dreaming.”

It’s obviously funny. That’s what I thought at first.

But there’s also a deeper meaning. Modern societies care greatly about women being called “sluts”, while men have the luxury to be referred to as “studs”. It’s not fair, according to feminists and just about everyone else.

But who cares about men who cannot laid at all, even if their life depended on it?

Women may have to worry about being called sluts, but there are far more men than women who are not even part of the sexual marketplace.

This discrepancy in sexual value is due to women being the sellers and men the buyers, and the sellers determine the price and if there will be a transaction at all.

Why are women the sellers? Well, to be crude, they have a uterus – and men don’t. This means that women have always owned something precious, something which is absolutely crucial for humanity to survive.

Sperm, however, are cheap. Millions are produced every hour in a fertile man, and they are readily replaced after each ejaculation.

At the end of the day, women simply bring something more important to the sexual transaction, at least evolutionary speaking. Today we may have contraceptives, and not care about the reproductive part of sex. But we are still deeply affected by the evolutionary programs that are part of our brain and our consciousness.

Translated into sexual economics, this means that the average women finds it fairly easy to get laid, whereas the average man finds it fairly difficult. Long term relationships are another story – we’re talking about plain old sex here.

Rereading the tweet above, it’s evident that it’s both funny and (for many men) deeply realistic at the same time:

I don’t think it’s fair that when women have sex with lots of men they’re “sluts,” but when I have sex with lots of women I’m “dreaming.”

Next time someone tells you that the slut label is unfair, you may consider informing them about the other side of the equation.