Male Monkeys May Be More Nurturing

Nurturing monkey.

Nurturing monkey.

Women are more nurturing?

They may be. But culture—not biology — may well be the cause.

Might our primate cousins shed some light on this nature-nurture debate?

When it comes to primates, which sex is more nurturing depends on culture, not hormones says University of Toronto anthropologist Frances Burton: hormones are the same throughout the species yet there is no universal pattern to how different tasks are divided, including infant care.

Males may intimately nurture infants. Or they may be hands-off, doing little to no parenting. It depends on the troop.  Read the rest of this entry

Why Don’t Men Slut-Shame Men?

The sexual double standard.

The sexual double standard.

Women are more likely than men to slut-shame women.

Yet men don’t seem to shame men for having sex. Ever.

Instead, the sexual “conqueror” gets high-fives from guys who praise his prowess.

What’s up with that? Read the rest of this entry

What Created Patriarchy? Many Possibilities

gender-equalityMost people think that the world has always been patriarchal.

Nope.

Women’s past status and power are evidenced by a variety of things. Read the rest of this entry

What Women’s Marchers + Trump Supporters Agree On

We shall overcomb!

We shall overcomb!

The Women’s March… the Trump inauguration… Sanders voters… Trump voters…

All huge, passionate crowds of people who SHARE this goal:

We ALL want our government to work for working people.

Yet cultural issues divide and conquer us. Read the rest of this entry

Outside the Sex-Negative Box

Mae West: "When I'm good I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better."

Mae West: “When I’m good I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.”

Girls who lack desire are good girls?

Pretty much all of my students have witnessed slut-shaming in high school, and many have experienced it.

Or just listen to the radio and you’ll hear desiring girls insulted as “hoes.”

Because apparently, a girl with desire is a bad girl.

Some young women even defend their virtue after being raped by explaining that they felt no desire. Like Audrie and Daisy: Read the rest of this entry

1st Woman President Won’t Be Inaugurated Today

hillary-girls-can-grow-up-to-be-presidentBy Pamela Robinson

When I was a girl growing up in Iowa in the 1950s, my parents and teachers told me, along with the boys, that when I grew up I could be whatever I wanted to be, even President of the United States.

In my world, adults told the truth, or what they thought to be the truth, and I believed them.  Read the rest of this entry

Combating Patriarchal Knuckleheads

knuckleheadsBy Timothy Vo

Standing eighteen years young, yet old enough to pretty much understand the essence of life on Earth, I’ve come to the solid conclusion that we live in a pretty damn androcentric society.

Androcentric: Seeing through a male perspective. Valuing men and masculinity over women and femininity.

The words “since the dawn of man” (which excludes women) fit all too well.

Am I right?

Take male trolls on the Internet, for instance. Read the rest of this entry

Sources of Power in Relationships

scales-of-justiceThere are many sources of power in relationships, but a few stand out:

1. Higher education, income, and occupational status, especially in marriage relationships when men make more money. Both partners tend to feel that a man should have more say since he contributes greater resources to the family.

When wives are economically dependent and fear they can’t support themselves, husbands can become especially powerful. Some abusive men purposely get their wives pregnant (by destroying their birth control) to increase their wives’ dependency – and their control over their partners.

Women are less likely to become more powerful than their husbands when they make more money because most don’t like feeling like they are emasculating their partners. Read the rest of this entry

Drain the Swamp

Drain the swamp.

Drain the swamp.

Most Trump voters didn’t vote for him out of racism or sexism.

Most sought to drain the swamp of policy that serves an elite few while ignoring everyone else — leaving too many working Americans fearful and angry.

I voted for Hillary, but I am with them on that point.

Now we must hold DJT to his promise to help middle-class Americans amidst worrisome signs arise, like these: Read the rest of this entry

Secrets To A Strong Marriage

lovers-heart-connected-loversBY  @ Marriage Counseling Online

Have you ever wondered how couples manage to stay married for decades and still enjoy spending time together? Finding the right person is important, but the truth is that you have to make efforts within your marriage to make it enjoyable for you both. Building a strong marriage is possible if you are ready to truly make a commitment to your marriage and family and to make the efforts daily to be kind and loving every day. Treat your loved ones like you normally naturally treat guests or strangers every day. Read the rest of this entry

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