Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature

Via A&LD: Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature. Sample:

"1. Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)...

10. Men sexually harass women because they are not sexist...

Sexual harassment cases of the hostile-environment variety result from sex differences in what men and women perceive as "overly sexual" or "hostile" behavior. Many women legitimately complain that they have been subjected to abusive, intimidating, and degrading treatment by their male coworkers. Browne points out that long before women entered the labor force, men subjected each other to such abusive, intimidating, and degrading treatment.

Abuse, intimidation, and degradation are all part of men's repertoire of tactics employed in competitive situations. In other words, men are not treating women differently from men—the definition of discrimination, under which sexual harassment legally falls—but the opposite: Men harass women precisely because they are not discriminating between men and women."

Do you get the sense that the authors, psychologists Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa, are trying to provoke a response? Their book, Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, is due out later this year.

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