Pro-feminist male looking for insight into gender, sex, and sexuality with as few pretenses and assumptions as possible, I hope. If you're willing, help me understand.
Disclaimer: I'm a male in a long-term monogamous relationship with a woman. We have two young children, who are also male. I'm always open to parenting ideas that'll make them into better people.
In one experiment, mothers were asked to guess the steepness of a carpeted slope that their 11-month olds would be able to crawl. Then the children actually crawled the slope, and the difference between actual and mother-predicted angles was noted.
The results showed that both boys and girls were able to crawl the same degree of incline. However, the predictions of the mothers were correct within one degree for the boys and underestimated their daughter’s ability by nine degrees.
What this shows is that the presumption that boys are more physical causes parents to encourage their boys more in physical activities while cautioning their girls. This further translates into providing more opportunities for boys to be physical and fewer for girls. The result?
Boys actually do develop stronger physical skills than girls. But not because of anything innate or biological, but rather because of the gender roles that the parents subconsciously projected onto their babies.
The experiment mentioned is available in full HERE.
For later reading
my wife introduced me this group of aurora enthusiasts
best idea, ever
because if there’s anything I love doing, it ‘s talking to people about the night sky and the weather and that understandably bores 99.34% of people
weightlesslives:This might be the most accurate thing I’ve read everPosting on Tumblr is like talking to your cat. You don’t know if they are listening, and you don’t know if they care, but for some reason, it still helps.
And sometimes they attack you completely unprovoked.
Shit got real
At least Tumblr doesn’t give you necrotizing fasciitis when it attacks.
Every 11 years, our sun reaches a height in it’s solar cycle. During this solar maximum, the sun’s polarity disappears for a bit, and re-emerges with its poles in the opposite direction.
Fortunately for us, late 2013 is the expected time for the the sun’s solar maximum. While we may not be able to see this awesome natural occurrence, we do see it’s effect on earth.
The change in polarity causes the sun to emit charged particles throughout the galaxy. Some of these particles fall into the Earth’s atmosphere and on impact radiate different gases in the form of light, also known as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
With the Solar Maximum occurring, this winter’s Northern Lights will be a spectacle everyone needs to keep an eye on!
Anonymous asked: gender identity has nothing to do with gender roles
You are aware if how ridiculous that sentence is?
You can’t have a gender identity without a role to categorize it into.
If gender identity and gender roles are different then HOW?
you can’t just say it like its fact. I want REASONS.
Man, but when I ask people for sources, I’m the fucking Alpha Cunt.
But I’ll bite.
Lets divide this into three points.
Sex—the biological scaffolding of the human body, consisting of a complex relationship between genetics, endocrinology and evolutionary adaptation.
"This skeleton is female, as identified by xyz."
Gender—the socially prescribed and mandated manifestation of traits deemed “feminine” or “masculine”. These “feminine” and “masculine” traits are culturally mandated and may change depending on the society in question, and the geo/socio/cultural/political environment.
"Girls wear skirts, boys wear pants."
Gender Roles—the behaviours and social positioning OF said gender, in addition to socially-prescribed behaviour deemed appropriate for one sex and not the other.
"Women make up the majority of the unpaid domestic labour in the world, whereas men make up a disproportionately small amount."
Gender Identity—an individual’s private negotiation of Sex, Gender and the culturally imposed Gender Roles.
"I have a male body but I feel like a woman".
See the difference?
The best way to sum it up is that I don’t grade powerful men on a curve, and I’ll start viewing Francis as a revolutionary/radical or fuck even a progressive when he does something materially and not just symbolically progressive.