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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Leftism, Feminism, and Cash, Reloaded

Dean, C. 2007. Computer science takes steps to bring women to the fold. New York Times. April 17, 2007. Available online: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/17/science/17comp.html?8dpc (from Slashdot).

Standards too high? Just lower them:

Moving emphasis away from programming proficiency was a key to the success of programs Dr. Blum and her colleagues at Carnegie Mellon instituted to draw more women into computer science. At one time, she said, admission to the program depended on high overall achievement and programming experience. The criteria now, she said, are high overall achievement and broad interests, diverse perspectives and whether applicants seem to have potential to be future leaders.

See also: "Leftism, Feminism, and Cash," about the aborted political corrected of the GRE.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Truths, Half-Truths, and Extinction: The Hidden Face of The Economist

"A Guide to Womenomics," The Economist, 12 April 2006, pg 73, http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6802551 (from Sean Meade at TPMB).

A plan whose success involves your own extermination, whose concept of strategy is limited to high-kinetic conflict, whose description of stability operations is building-guarding, is one doomed to failure.

That's why the recent Economist article on women and work should be read suspiciously. The piece is a slipshod collection of half-truths and deceptions in support of social experiments that destroy the nations which adopt them.

And you thought The Economist was just a girlie magazine.

The Economist: More Than Just Booth Babes

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21:15 Posted in Media, Women | Permalink | Comments (11) | Tags: education, feminism

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Betty Friedan, Author of The Feminine Mystique, Has Died

, 1921-2006:

Betty Friedan, the American writer and social activist whose 1963 book The Feminine Mystique became one of the most influential manifestos of the modern feminist movement, has died.

Her cousin, Emily Bazelon, said Friedan died of congestive heart failure at her home in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. It was her 85th birthday.

Friedan, on "concentration camps"

Just as with the prisoners in the concentration camps, there are American women who have resisted that death, who have managed to retain a core of self, who have resisted that death, who have managed to retain a core of self, who have not lost touch with the outside world, who use their abilities to some creative purpose. They are women of spirit and intelligence who have refused to "adjust" as housewives. (308)

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18:35 Posted in Women | Permalink | Comments (8) | Tags: feminism, friedan

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Feminist Initiative Attacks Marriage, Maternity Leave

"Feminists call for abolition of marriage," The Local, 9 September 2005, http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=2055&date=20050909.

"Swedish feminism put to the test," by var Ekman, International Herald Tribune, 20 October 2005, http://www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/10/19/news/feminism.php.

The Corner links to a pair of stories about Sweden's feminist party, Feminist Initiative. These people have friends in the United States, especially .

On Marriage

Instead the group, which is expected to become a fully-fledged political party following the meeting, wants a 'cohabitation law' which ignores gender - and allows for more than two people to be included.

The proposal is one of the group's 'prioritised political demands' which the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet got hold of before the meeting.

FI founder and board member, Tiina Rosenberg, told the paper that the group wants to create "a modern concept which does not favour and promote couples and heterosexual norms".

On Maternity Leave

Even the Social Democrats are distancing themselves from one of their own proposals: to put quotas on parental leave that would oblige men to stay home more than they do today (in 2004, women used 81 percent of the paid parental-leave days).

"We are critical of the fact that people don't use parental leave in an equal fashion," Marita Ulvskog, the Social Democrats' party secretary, told Dagens Nyheter recently.

Fortunately the good guys have plans too...

22:05 Posted in Academia, Europe, Women | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: feminism

Race, Sex, College, and Money

"Census: College-educated white women earning less," Associated Press, 28 March 2005, http://www.usatoday.com/news/bythenumbers/2005-03-28-income-education_x.htm.

"Re: NYT'S honest discussion about innate differences between the sexes," by Dan tdaxp, private email, 17 October 2005.

"College gender gap widens: 57% are women," by Mary Beth Marklein, USA Today, 20 October 2005, http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20051020/ts_usatoday/collegegendergapwidens57arewomen (from Daily Kos).

"According to this," by johnny rotten, Daily Kos, 20 October 2005, http://dailykos.com/comments/2005/10/20/122420/25/12#12.

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of Daily "Screw 'Em" Kos, has an interesting article on the sex gap in higher education

In May, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education posted the inevitable culmination of a trend: Last year for the first time, women earned more than half the degrees granted statewide in every category, be it associate, bachelor, master, doctoral or professional.


As women march forward, more boys seem to be falling by the wayside, McCorkell says. Not only do national statistics forecast a continued decline in the percentage of males on college campuses, but the drops are seen in all races, income groups and fields of study, says policy analyst Thomas Mortenson, publisher of the influential Postsecondary Education Opportunity newsletter in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Since 1995, he has been tracking - and sounding the alarm about - the dwindling presence of men in colleges.

I wrote about something similar in an email a bit ago -- using material from Every Man a Panzer, Every Woman a Soldat as a foundation

Generally, males and females are optimized for different styles of networks -- males for low-density nets and females for high-density nets. In other words, women and girls prefer "deeper" social relationships than men and boys. In education, this would imply that females learn best in social conversation circles and males learn best in dynamic activity circles. Both will spontaneously form these on their own -- they are otherwise known as "gossiping" and "free play." Structured gossiping and structured free play could be extremely effective. That modern education tries to quash the natural instinct to learn in an optimized way to force all children to sit in desks and shut up is bad, bad, bad.

Of course, the majority of these might be useless degress from Democratic conversion machines. A comment on dKos spurred my interest...

According to this article, college educated women make around 60% of college educated men.

Interestingly, college educated black women make more than college educated white women.

Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

Indeed, it's true:

Black and Asian women with bachelor's degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with four-year degrees make more than anyone else.

A white woman with a bachelor's degree typically earned nearly $37,800 in 2003, compared with nearly $43,700 for a college-educated Asian woman and $41,100 for a college-educated black woman, according to data being released Monday by the Census Bureau. Hispanic women took home slightly less at $37,600 a year.


Chart of Income Among American College Educated Women by Race

With most college students being white women, and white women coming out last compared to any other group (except v. latinas y latinitas, with a $200 per year advantage), one has to wonder what higher education is for.

14:35 Posted in Academia, Education, Women | Permalink | Comments (3) | Tags: race, feminism

Monday, October 03, 2005

More Feminist Troddle

Feminist Perspectives on Security Jill Steams "Gender & International Relations" 1998

This is because adopting a feminist perspective challenges the view of the military as a defender of a pregiven 'national interest.'


Militarism is relevant to any discussion of security because militarism is both rooted in and fosters a refusal to recognize the humanity of others.


A broad definition of security might be a 'state of being secure, safe, free from danger, injury, form of any sort,' but few International Relations scholars would accept such a persuasive definition.


Realists and neo-realists usually define peace in negative terms. That is, peace is seen as an absense of war.


Those who adopt critical approaches view the state in dynamic rather than static terms, as a 'propcess' rather than a 'thing.' The 'state' does not exist in any concrete sense; rather it is 'made.' The state is made by th eprocesses and practices involved in constructing boundaries and identities, differentiating between the 'inside' and the 'outside.' Andrew Linklater has recently argued that criticla approaches to the study of International Relations centre around understanding the processes of 'inclusion' and 'exclusion,' which have in a sense alwyays been concerns of the discipline.


Indeed, David Campbell argues that the legitimation of state power demands the construction fo danger 'outside.' The state requires this 'discourse of danger' to secure its identity and from the legitimation of state power. The consequences of that is that threats to security in realist and neo-realist thinking are all seen to be in the external realm and citizenship betcomes synonymous with loyalty to the nation-state and the elimination of all that is foreign.


As we discussed at length in chapter 4, some feminists have argued that women sould serve in combat roles in the armed services because this would give women a stake in national security. However, the liberal 'right to fight' campaign has been criticized because it advocates the politics of access while accepting uncriticfally a profoundly gendered conception of security which legitimizes state violence. They have also failed to address the degree to which the military playts a central role in justifying a social order and value system which, in the name of 'national security,' privileges men and masculine values.


Militarism can be defined as an ideology which values war highly and, in doing so, serves to legitimize state violence. Alternatively, militarism can be viewes as a social process which involves the mobilization for war through the penetration of the military, its power and influence, into more and more social areas. Militarism can be defined as the subordination of the civil society to military values and the subordinatino of civilian control of the military to military control of the civilians. [note these are three, somewhat contradictory definitions -- tdaxp]


Militarization occurs when any part of the society becomes controlled by or dependent upon the military or military values. In this way virtually anything can become militarized, toys -- marriage, scientific research, university curricula, motherhood.


So far the discussion has concentrated largely on the importance of understanding how ideas about masculinity foster and support militarism. However, a gender analysis has to understand not about masculinity and feminity as such, but rather the relation between the two. Women contribute to the militarization of society in both material and ideological terms.


Many feminists, while sceptical of the degree to which values can be seen as essentially male or female, have nevertheless argued that the values of caring and nurturing are symbolically, if problematically, linked to women. Furthermore, while there may be no evidence to support the view that men are essentially aggressive and women naturally peaceful, there may be good reasons to think women's particular relationship to the state and the excersize of state-sanctioned violence can serve as a point of departure from which to radically rethink our approach to these areas.


If war has historically been associates with men and masculinity, so peace has long been associated with women and the 'feminine'


Others, while rejecting biological or essentialist acocunts of apparent gender differences, have noted the close association of peace and the 'feminine' and have argued that the experience of maternity on the part of the vast majority of women and women's historical exclusion from public power means that women do have a special relationship to peace.


Women also act as peacemakers. For example, Nobel Peace Prize winners Betty Williams and Mairead Corringa were motivated to protest for peace when three small children were killed and the other seriously injured in Northern Ireland in August 1975. This intiative eventually mushroomed into marches supported by over 100,000 people as the local community 'began to imagine a different way of solving conflict.'


A number of feminist thinkers have criticized the idea that women are specifically privileged or situated because they are products of 'women's culture' or 'ways of knowing.' Micaela di Leonardo has argued that any reinvigorated image of women as more peaceful will have disasterous consequences for the women's movement. Indeed, Janet Radcliffe Richards has expressed deep concern with the position that women are either by nature or socialization more peaceful than men, because this plays into the hands of those who would keep men and women in seperate spheres and limit women's equality. She points out that male chauvinists have always used the idea of 'difference' to discriminate against women.


Dinnerstein argues that equal-rights goals matter because they are to do with psychic growth.


Sometimes this leads to the conscious and subversive use fo women's traditional place as mother and 'Other,' but at the same time demonstrates that women are refusing to stay in their place on the margins.


Feminist thinking about peace is not necessarily locked into the war-peace dichotomy. Because feminists, generally, start from the conditions of women's lives, and because they see many forms of violence, unhappiness and distress, they define pace as women's achievement of control over their lives. Similarly, non-violence is not just about the absense of war, but a total approach to living, a strategy for change. When wars end it is women who relinquish their freedom. It is women who are expected to repair the damage done to their militarized sons, husbands and lovers. Peace, therefore, is also seen as a process which must reproduce itself.


Women also tried to work in supportive ways, sharing tasks, skills and knowledge.


As Enloe notes, women's peace movements in general deliberately avoid forms


Furthermore, women's psycho-socialization leads them to adopt a moral code which is different from, though not inferior to, the moral code adopted by men. Whereas men are socialized to adopt an ethic of justice or an ethic of rights based on abstract concepts of autonomy and rationality, women adopt an ethic of care or an ethic of responsibility -- a mode of reasoning which arises out of attention to concrete particulars, to the specific needs of the concrete, rather than the generalized, 'Other.'


According to Gilligan, militarism and caring give rise to different concepts of control.


However, while virtually every state has accepted that people do have human rights in principle, just which categories of 'rights' should be recognized as 'human rights' has been the subject of intense political, ideologicla, and more recently, religious and cultural conflict.


When security is viewed outside of the nation-state context and in terms of the multiple insecurities that people face, the argument that what is really needed is a global perspective on security becomes persuasive.


When Cynthia Enloe asks, 'What does it mean to theorize state-sanctioned violence? she reminds us that all to frequently theory is seperated from human activity.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

PoliSci Department, Women's Center, and LGBT

Unlike last time, not "LGBTQ" -- someone must have given the Q's the boot

Career Success for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students
Monday, October 3, 2005
7 to 9 pm
Nebraska Union (room posted)

Dr. Y. Barry Chung, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University will share practicalstrategies for LGBT students entering the workforce.

This interactive workshop features concrete ideas for
* Managing your sexual identity in job interviews
* Career choice strategies
* Managing your own career development

Sponsored by: the Faculty Convocations Committee; the Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns; Career Services; Women's Studies Program; the Women's Center, the Queer Student Alliance; and the Department of Educational Psychology.

Dr. Chung is President Elect for the National Career Development Association, and his work has been honored by the American Psychological Association Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues. He has published numerous articles and book chapters based on his research focusing on the career development of LGBT people.

For more information contact Jan Deeds at 472-2598, jdeeds1@unl.edu.

For those keeping track

# of PoliSci departmental emails relating to

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Jesusism-Paulism, Part III: Every Man a Panzer, Every Woman a Soldat


Something is strange in the heart of Christianity

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Paul (Galatians 3:28)

"I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent."

Paul (1 Timothy 2:12)

If we wanted an easy answer, we would say Paul (or "The Bible") is contracting himself. Or that two different people wrote it. Or that it was just meaningless rhetoric. But Paul is followi Jesus's pattern. In spite of reaching out to women far more than others around him, Jesus notably did not choose a single woman as a disciple. His inner-circle was a diverse lot -- a tax collector, a Zealot, various fishermen, even a non-Galilean (Judas Iscariot) -- but not one woman. What is going on?

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Anti-Virtue Puritans

"Hector," Wikipedia, 12 May 2005, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector.

"Communists, feminists oppose naked sushi," by Gaijinbiker, Riding Sun, 22 May 2005, http://ridingsun.blogspot.com/2005/05/communists-feminists-oppose-naked.html.

The words we translate as "virtue" -- the Latin virtu and the Greek arete -- are better translated as "Rightness" or even "Rightful Manliness." It is a state of inner superiority. A virtuous man follows a morally right internal rule set against a wrong external rule set. His implicit controls are stronger than his explicit controls.

Eagles are seen as virtuous animals. They soar into the clouds. An eagle's desire for loftiness overpowers his mass's attraction to the Earth. The earliest written example of virtue -- Manly Rightness -- is the character of Hector, the Trojan Prince who fought against an overwhelming foe

Hector provides a stark contrast for Achilles, who was from first to last a man of war. Hector represents Troy and what it stood for. Some modern scholars have even suggested that he, not Achilles, is the true hero of the Iliad. Hector was fighting, not for personal glory, but in defense of his homeland. His rebuke to Poludamas, "Fight for your country - that is the first and only omen" became a proverb to patriotic Greeks. Through him we can see glimpses of what life in Troy and elsewhere in the Bronze Age Mediterranean civilization depicted by Homer might have been like in more peaceful times. The scene where he bids farewell to his wife Andromache and his infant son is one of the more moving scenes in the Iliad.


In the Middle Ages Hector's legend was held so highly that Jean de Longuyon included him as one of the Nine Worthies. In the Divine Comedy Dante sees the shade of Hector with the other noble Roman and Trojan personages in the portion of Limbo reserved for the most virtuous pagans.

The point is that virtue is an internal quality. Virtue cannot be imposed. If hector was an unwilling conscript and performed the same actions he would not have been virtuous, because the acts would not be an expression of his Rightness. Likewise, eagles are symbols of virtue, and balloons are not, because the eagle chooses the fly while the balloon is lifted up.

The point of all this? To condemn the latest plan of enforced pseudo-virtue from Chinese Communists and American Feminists

China's State Administration of Industry and Commerce issued a notice this weekend banning meals served on naked bodies, officially canceling the service offered by a Japanese restaurant in southwestern China that served sushi on unclothed female university students, a Beijing newspaper reported Sunday.

The Saturday pronouncement forbids the service because it "insults people's moral quality," according to the Beijing Times. Serving food on women's bodies also "spreads commercial activity with poor culture," the paper said, citing the administration's notice.

...Chinese media reported that the Hefeng Village Huaishi Cuisine Restaurant in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, was serving sushi and other Japanese food on two naked university students as they lay on their backs.


Promoters insist it's performance art. Detractors say women are getting a raw deal.

Whatever the case, the controversy over the Bonzai nightclub serving sushi on nearly naked women isn't about to fade anytime soon.

"It's dehumanizing, the manner in which people are buying and selling sushi to be eaten off a woman's body. It's dehumanizing to be treated as a plate," said Cherry Cayabyab, president of the local chapter of National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.

If the club persists, she and other activists plan to launch a media campaign — apparently the first organized opposition to naked sushi in the United States.

..."It provides a forum to see a human being as an object — and when women are viewed as objects, they are more likely to be violated," said Norma Timbang, executive director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center.

Post-Script: At least with the Communist/Feminist fellow travelers, it is ironic that the same people who would use police powers against a woman and her body here are the same people who do not lift a finger to stop pre-birth infanticide.

The puritan monsters.

11:40 Posted in China, Japan, Women | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: puritans, feminism

Sunday, May 15, 2005

WITI Extremism (Anti-Harvard Anti-Cobuyitaphobia)

"Nearly Sixty Years Later the World's First Programmers Are Still Doing Gender Battle," by Robin Raskin, WITI Women, 17 March 2005, http://www.witi.com/women/2005/eniac.php (from InformationWeek 25 April 2005 full page ad, page 64).

Like Collounsbury despises his bosses, and Cole despises Israel, I despite Women in Technology International. It worms itself into university departments and corporations that either do not know better or are intimidated. It is not some support group. It is a Left/Feminist agitation organization. From the first paragraph of a full-page advertisement in the otherwise excruciatingly corporate InformationWeek

The events of recent weeks have puts the issue of women in the workplace top of mind once again. First Harvard's President Lawrence Summers made some unfortunate and inappropriate remarks attributing the small number of women in the sciences to innate biological difference between the sexes.

I blogged Summers' original statement, Harvard forcing her President to apologize for sending 'a weak signal', and subsequent hysteria.

The paragraph continues...

At almost the same moment, Carly Fiorina was ousted at Hewlett-Packard. A misfit between her marketing background and HP's engineering culture was the partial culprit.

Not a misfit between her skills and the job's requirements, or her marketing background and HP's engineering industry, but a "culture" issue.

Maybe her incompetent leadership, inappropriate MBA education, lack of communication, steering H-P in the wrong direction, destruction of corporate morale, record of complete failure, and lack of strategy -- combined with the fact that Fiorina led the company to a widely predicted disaster by near-fatal lack of cobuyitaphobia had something to do with it.

But at least WITI closes their first paragraph with predictable "diversity" nonsense.

And now, we've seen the transformative experience of a woman who's paid her dues, as Martha Stewart morphs from piranha to muse. The good news? As these events transpire women's place and unique challenges in the workplace are once again being debated and discussed. The bad news? Like all diversity conversations, as long you're discussing it, it's still an issue.

WITI is a 4G-style organization well into the Penetration stage of PISRR, with no ideological enemy to contest or Isolate, actively Subverting academic and corporate networks, attempting to Reorient society to their ends.

Fortunately, WITI's New Style ends are unachievable and Reharmonizeable. Good.

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