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    Thursday, January 19, 2006

    Thursday Links

    Black Prof: "Randall Robinson's disappointing book, The Debt".

    Sivacracy: "Maureen Dowd Is No Feminist." Yes, we all knew that, but if you're a Dowd-hater or Dowd-lover, it's still worth reading. Iddybud talks about the same Dowd column and brings in her political-hero and mine, John Edwards (masquerading as my childhood hero, Robin Hood).

    Bitch Lab gives us "Dworkin: Sex Positive Feminist." I know you're intrigued.

    Shakespeare's Sister on Jay Leno's racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homophobia.

    Advice Blender compares The Ethicist with Savage Love. One of a kind. A good kind.

    Paint the World Pink goes manifesto with "Just Because". Here's a little taste: Just because I don't like a female artist doesn't mean I'm jealous. Are you really THAT stupid? So every female who doesn't worship another successful female celebrity HAS TO BE insecure and jealous? When I say "I don't like her" it doesn't mean "I hate her" cause I don't know the girl personally, she hasn't done nothing to me, it means that I'm not IMPRESSED by her as an artist. ...

    Majikthise: Gender gaps. A taste from her: When a gender gap that favors boys, the proposed solutions generally involve changing girls to meet the prevailing ideal. This is usually the most sensible way to approach the problem. Girls are underperforming in math and science? Well, then we should keep up the emphasis on math and science for everyone and push girls harder.

    By contrast, when a gender gap favors females, people are more likely to address the discrepancy by challenging the evaluation criteria. American public school curricula have come to place more emphasis on reading comprehension and other verbal abilities. Some educators argue that this shift has placed male students at a systematic disadvantage because girls tend to be better readers and writers than boys. Note that schools deliberately increased the amount of reading and writing in the curriculum because they thought that it these skills were intrinsically valuable for all students. ...

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