Friday, 18 October 2013

Women and Men Like to be Different.

Shockingly obvious but how come so rarely said?

Christina Sommers writes:  What if difference between men and women turns out to be a phenomenon not of oppression, but rather of social well-being?  (h/t Instapundit).  She observes that as people prosper, they show greater role difference. Tierney is quoted in an NYT article "As Barriers Disappear, Some Gender Gaps Widen":
“It looks as if personality differences between men and women are smaller in traditional cultures like India’s or Zimbabwe’s than in the Netherlands or the United States. A husband and a stay-at-home wife in a patriarchal Botswanan clan seem to be more alike than a working couple in Denmark or France.”
 She also writes that the more a woman prospers, the less likely she is to want full time work in the market place.  
In a 2013 national poll on modern parenthood, the Pew Research Center asked mothers and fathers to identify their "ideal" working arrangement. Fifty percent of mothers said they would prefer to work part-time and 11 percent said they would prefer not to work at all. Fathers answered differently: 75 percent preferred full-time work. And the higher the socio-economic status of women, the more likely they were to reject full-time employment. Among women with annual family incomes of $50,000 or higher, only 25 percent identified full-time work as their ideal. Sandberg regards such attitudes as evidence of women's fear of success, double standards, gender bias, sexual harassment, and glass ceilings. But what if they are the triumph of prosperity and opportunity?

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