• “I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel!” Hmmmm, I wonder how much I love this angle: bikes free chicks! My favourite (dead-set) tweeter Maria Popova alerted me to National Geographic‘s new book Wheels of Change: How The Bicycle Empowered Women. The advent of the bike “radically redefined the normative conventions of femininity”. For a start it got women straddling something, and not more
  • International Women’s Day: 5 things to do I’ll keep it sweet and short: 1. Call yourself a feminist. 2. Help out here: support 100 women in Asia by making a small loan that will help them set up a business. 3. Watch last night’s Q & A on ABC. Why? Joe Hockey arguing passionately for more women on ASX200 boards (currently only more
  • continuing the single women v single men debate: who should take the driver’s seat? On Tuesday I posted about how and why pursuing career puts women on the back foot when it comes to love and partnering. Ergo stacks of “successful” women are single. I made all kind of generalisations about male-female behaviour – which I don’t back away from. Many of you made a lot of great comments. more
  • why having a good career leaves women single: explained with a study I wrote about the “special problem of intelligent women looking for love” a little while back. It picked up on what a lot of us are noticing. That women, despite being informed to the contrary, can’t have it all – career, kids and a frightfully successful career. Mostly because it means doing it all. Which more
  • news read: feminists debate the Assange rape allegations (and they are allegations, not charges!!) This is worth a read: Jaclyn Friedman v Naomi Wolf, feminists debate the Assange rape allegations, on Democracy Now. The preamble transcript gives a good overview of the facts, if you’re a little in the dark still (and confirms no charges have been pressed, they’re allegations only). Jaclyn Friedman argues the sexual assault allegations shouldn’t more
  • the importance of being smart, single…and vulnerable Over the past week debate has been raging about a few studies and op-eds that – sigh – tell us that women who are smart and successful don’t score blokes. What do we all think of this? This Psychology Today report says people who’ve always wanted to be successful (since they were kids) grow up more
  • a reminder: life has improved… I just came across this collection of ghastly ads from, well, not so long ago. It’s hard to believe that there are people still alive today who made these ads. It’s a reminder of why we need those bloody leftie, femmo, do-gooder, paradigm-questioning agitators. They shift shit.
  • strong women: do you need a knight or a king? This Psychology Today article that gives a rundown of the type of relationship strong, career-orientated women want now hits  nails on heads for me. It makes a number of strident and true points. I’ve added my own thoughts to the mix too: * “There is a new type of male/female relationship forming in our culture more
  • what are blokes thinking? does this beer ad help? Yes, below is a beer commercial. I know, I know…But, you see,  I often find beer commercials very telling about where we’re at, they’re like a snapshot of the Zeitgeist (in part because beer companies are so loaded they can hire the best agencies to produce the most astute, pin-pointy ads). But does this one more
  • have you read this? The end of men? What do you think of this month’s Atlantic magazine cover story: The End of Men? The factoids to be drawn from it if you hate clicking open long features: There’s a “mancession” going on: three-quarters of the 8 million jobs lost in the GFC were lost by men. The worst-hit industries were overwhelmingly male and more
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