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2012 January 29 Sunday
Our Flawed Selves, Men And Women

In a thread on Heartiste's site someone asks how men with a clear understanding of female nature could possibly love women.

Given that girls are as described in this post and this blogĖand they areĖhow can anyone possibly still love them? This is what I donít understand about this place. Yes, itís totally right about women, but then somehow Iím still supposed to be able to love them after knowing these things? The right attitude is that of the Muslims, keep them locked up.

"So, do the Zonk" comes back with the best response.

Women have glaring defects. Men have glaring defects. They just are not the same defects. They all arise from the sex drive, which is very deeply hardwired. And the best women like the best men have some understanding of themselves and try to rise above it and act decently, even though they fail some or most of the time. That is simply the tragic reality of being human, and the heroism of trying to make the most of it. Understanding yourself and understanding other people helps you be realistic about them. Then, you can love them knowing that they are far from perfect, just poor, stupid, weak, fouled up human beings. The Muslims are wrong. Freedom and realism are the best way. Our ancestors knew this. They were realists about human beings. The Biblical depiction of human sinfulness is highly consistent with the modern science shown on this site. Realism about male and female sexuality is embedded in traditional thinking and practice. Delusion about sexuality, mostly arising from Feminism, is the problem. Love is possible, but love requires reality.

I don't think generalized contempt or anger between the sexes is useful or justified. Rather, I think we can adjust to the lousier consequences of the sexual revolution by becoming more realistic and accept the implications of scientific research into sexuality. Understand each others' evolutionarily programmed strategies for love and sex and just do a whole lot better job of pushing each others' buttons.

By Randall Parker    2012 January 29 07:46 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (4)
2011 February 13 Sunday
Women More Averse To Individual Competition

Women are collectivists who want to work on teams where they do not compete with other team members. They are more communist by nature. You have been warned.

Men are more likely than women to seek jobs in which competition with coworkers affects pay rates, a preference that might help explain persistent pay differences between men and women, a study at the University of Chicago shows.

The study, which covered most of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, also revealed regional variation in how much women desire jobs in which competition plays a role in determining wages. In cities where local wages are generally lower, women tend to want jobs in which competition determines wages, the study showed.

"We know that women, often working at the same kind of job as men, frequently are not paid as much as men," said John List, professor of economics at UChicago and an author of the paper, "Do Competitive Work Places Deter Female Workers? A Large-Scale Natural Field Experiment on Gender Differences in Job-Entry Decisions," published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Men are more likely to apply for jobs where they can get paid more than other employees by outperforming them.

Some applicants were told the job paid $15 an hour. Others were told the pay was based on individual competition, with a base salary of $13.50, and a $3 bonus depending on how he or she did in comparison to other workers.

Another package offered a $12 hourly base pay with a $6 bonus if the employee outperformed other workers. Still others were told the job had a competition-based wage, but that comparisons would be based on the productivity of people working in teams.

Of the 6,779 people who responded to the ads, 2,702 applied once they knew the wage structure. Those included 1,566 women and 1,136 men. (About 20 of the applicants were actually hired.)

"When the salary potential was most dependent on competition, men were 94 percent more likely to apply than women," List said.

Women are more likely to apply when the job involves the team getting rewarded for beating other teams. Also, in markets where pay is low women are more likely to apply for jobs where individual performance determines pay. My take: Desperation causes them to overcome their aversion to competition. Necessity is a mother, or it drives a mother.

By Randall Parker    2011 February 13 11:38 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
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