Pop’s parents [see footnote], both 24, made a decision when their baby was born to keep Pop’s sex a secret. Aside from a select few – those who have changed the child’s diaper – nobody knows Pop’s gender; if anyone enquires, Pop’s parents simply say they don’t disclose this information.
“Ignoring children's natures simply doesn’t work,” says Susan Pinker, a psychologist and newspaper columnist from Toronto, Canada, who wrote the book The Sexual Paradox, which focuses on sex differences in the workplace.
She says once children can speak, males tell aggressive stories 87 per cent of the time, while females only 17 per cent. In a study, children aged two to four were given a task to work together for a reward, and boys used physical tactics 50 times more than girls, she says.
xauriel: I would humbly suggest that Twilight a) sugarcoats sexist ideals in a way that deliberately appeals to the emotionally immature, and b) is intended at least in part to normalize such ideals, ie. make young girls think that they should see stalking and other controlling behaviour as a sign of affection (rather than aggression).
imadumbdouchebag: I would humbly suggest that since it was written by a woman, the film adaptation directed by a woman and the mass media consumed almost entirely by women, that this is one case of victimization and blaming men that just isn't going to work.xauriel: I'm not 'blaming men'. I'm blaming the patriarchal system, which does not include all men (I am a man after all) and does include a large number of women who wilfully oppress other women in return for the small favour of not being constantly called out as an uppity bitch. People, men and women both, are sadly proficient at participating in their own oppression.
Women taught as little girls that victimization and abuse constitute 'romance' and fed a steady diet of syrupy objectification grow up to become women who write 'romantic' novels about pedophilic stalkers who sparkle in the sun.
imadumbdouchebag: Spare me your ridiculous conclusions about the phantom patriarchy, a concept I doubt you could even elaborate, much less show any evidence of.
We MEN are struggling for our own rights which have been stolen away from us and we have to fight both an oppressive climate for men and self-loathing dipshits like you who still think it's 1965.
This isn't the third world. Men have it much worse than women across the board. Educate yourself before you throw around vapid terms that you read in "Cosmo".
xauriel: I'm really getting sick of this shit. That's right, because I dare to break from the MRA party line that us poor men are oh so oppressed by the evil feminazi conspiracy to emasculate us and take our precious privilege for themselves, I'm 'self-loathing' and obviously have no idea what I'm talking about. Not as if I have mountains of feminist theory and scientific studies to draw my conclusions from, beyond what I read in a submissionist rag like Cosmo, which I apparently read for some fucking reason (I mean seriously, like '500 ways to keep him gasping for more sex' and 'fashion tips to keep you looking slimmer and more acceptably gendered' is some sort of feminist rallying point?) Don't fucking act like you know the first goddamn thing about me, my life, my views, or anything beyond the boundaries of your little bubble of denial and self-righteous self-justification. I gave you your chance to engage in reasoned debate like a human being, and you blew it. I don't owe you a fucking thing, douchebag. Crawl back into your fetid hole of misogyny and bile. I hope you enjoy your life fighting for the rights of the overclass to keep a leash on your neck.
imadumbdouchebag: You gave ME a chance to debate? You have no debate. Your laughable piles of "feminist theory" and "scientific studies"? Man-bashing and false statistics, always disproven.
You talk a big talk about facts but you bring none to the party. There are no facts. Your entire argument is built on lies and you are a sunshine feminist who has deluded himself into thinking that hating yourself will get you laid.
Don't worry, you fucking loser. Real men, even as we speak, are fighting the good fight for you so that you can squirm around on your belly and reap the rewards later.
Sir Galahad! I am LITERALLY laughing out loud at how deluded you are.
Lawmakers today rejected the core of a Democrat-backed plan intended to tame California's $24-billion deficit, even as a top state finance official warned that failure to resolve the budget crisis will force him to begin issuing IOUs next week.