Thursday, September 04, 2014

Brainwash: The Gender Equality Paradox


I think this is an absolutely fantastic documentary.

Here we see: a scientifically-minded layperson (actually: a comedian with a degree in sociology) + several actual scientists vs. a couple of pseudoscientific bureaucrats at the "Nordic Gender Institute" (NIKK).

Turns out, Eia and this documentary got the NIKK closed down--a victory for sensible people everywhere...

It's a really informative, entertaining, and engaging video.

The "gender" equality paradox itself is fascinating. I had not heard of it, but it goes like this: in more advanced, more egalitarian/equalitarian countries, men and women tend to gravitate toward traditionally male and female occupations more strongly than in less advanced/egalitarian/equalitarian countries. WTF is up with that??

I very seriously doubt that you will be disappointed if you watch it.

Philosoraptor say: two sickle claws up.


Blogger The Mystic said...

My wife and I were remarking amongst ourselves on this phenomenon in our relationship just a few days ago. It seems that, despite our strong liberalism in the relevant regards, we naturally gravitate within our relationship to conservative, traditional male and female roles. In fact, it seems that our views on matters in general are fairly conservative, yet we identify as liberals due primarily to disagreements with modern conservatives regarding their attempts to force others to live as said conservatives would have it.

This doesn't seem too surprising to me, though. I'm sure I'm with the majority in thinking that traditional roles are derived from statistically average, natural inclinations in the sexes. It makes perfect sense that such natural inclinations are more strongly opposed when society (or the appropriate analogous organization) takes these roles to be normative rather than descriptive. When such an oppressive threat isn't around to be fought, people simply do what they are naturally inclined to do, and that brings us back to the natural statistical spread.

There was a study a while back on social spiders which seems to indicate that spiders fall into social roles based on their personalities, where "personality" refers to accidental traits such as aggressiveness or passivity. The more passive spiders are far more likely to wind up rearing the young, whereas the more aggressive spiders are more likely to take on the task of hunting.

Free living beings follow their inclinations when without competing disinclination (such as the risk of being viewed as cowing to oppressive behavior).

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