Thought of the day

I am rooting for Green Bay to have a perfect season on one condition and for one reason. The condition: They aren’t competing against the Patriots. The reason: So Mercury Morris will forever have to shut the hell up.

The Trench Bridge

It’s neat-o.

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Oakland vs New York City

Oakland PD’s Strategy: Force confrontations with protestors, fire tear gas, cause chaos.

New York City PD’s Strategy: Surprise the protestors but allow them several hours to move their stuff.

Oakland PD’s Result: Confrontations, streets filled with tear gas, chaos.

New York City’s Result: Peaceful dispersal, quiet arrests, a soon to be clean park.

PZ to “man-boys”: ‘I’m old’

PZ found a talk where the speaker, Philip Zimbardo, argues that boys and men are underperforming in a life in a number of ways. Zimbardo points to stats that show that boys are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, 30% more like to drop out of high school, and less likely to achieve certain higher education levels than girls. PZ had this to say:

The difference also leads to many man-boys who can’t interact with women except on the most superficial and cartoonish level.

[Zimbardo is] talking about a real problem, but I was not convinced by his explanation. He attributes it to a phenomenon called arousal addiction, where people are hooked on constant stimulation of any kind, and he blames it on the internet, video games, and porn. I get very suspicious when anyone starts talking about the internet rewiring our brains…because a) I haven’t seen any persuasive data that it’s a serious and significant, let alone deleterious phenomenon, and b) everything rewires our brains — we respond to experience.

In other words, PZ pretty much disagrees with everything about the talk, but he wanted to take the opportunity to denigrate “man-boys”. Part of his motivation is obviously his inundation in feminism, but I think there’s more to it. All these stats focus on younger generations. As we’ve seen before, PZ is like most old people in that anything to do with younger generations is probably bad in some way. After all, there isn’t any evidence that men today are any different from the men of yesterday when it comes to flirting, sociability, getting laid, etc. Old people just like to imagine as much.

I think the real issue here is that things like ADHD are over-diagnosed and in a way which favors diagnosing boys. Things like drop out rates are more difficult to explain; I don’t really know what the source of that problem is. And my hypothesis on the difference in higher education levels is that people are more able than ever to take out loans to enable themselves to go to school. That has led to a dramatic increase in the pool of people attending college, a place where men have traditionally out-numbered women; it isn’t so much that men aren’t going to college as much, but rather that women are going more. And besides that, good paying jobs in certain industries (such as those which require significant physical labor) tend to favor men.

Or it’s just that men are awful, awful creatures who just want to rape women and laugh about farts. One or the other.