Friday, October 4, 2013

Women Are Different From Men... Duh



A couple evenings ago I watched a segment of the PBS News Hour, an interview with Debora L. Spar, that sparked my interest. I don't know why because Feminism has never been a subject of special interest to me.

There is an eight minute video of that interview:

Wonder Women

In her new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Debora L. Spar argues societal expectations that women can "have it all" set women up for failure.

From professor at the alpha-male Harvard Business School to president of the female-dominated Barnard College, Debora L. Spar says the time has come to talk more about gender differences in the workplace.

Debora L. Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and a mother of three, she swore to young women that they could have it all. "We thought we could just glide into the new era of equality, with babies, board seats, and husbands in tow,” she writes. “We were wrong."

If you go to you can click on the 'Look Inside' feature, read a goodly portion from the book, and decide whether you would like to buy and read the rest of it.



Hold your nose and don't spit out whatever you are eating or drinking: According to ABC News, doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections -- a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

It takes 24 to 34 capsules to fit the bacteria needed for a treatment, and patients down them in one sitting.

Pills Made From Poop Cure Serious Gut Infections


Did you know that . . . ?

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. at any given hour is 61,000.



On this day, October 4 in 1957, the Soviet Union inaugurated the "Space Age" with its launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for "satellite," was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles.

Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. In January 1958, Sputnik's orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere.

The first U.S. satellite, Explorer, was launched on January 31, 1958. By then, the Soviets had already achieved another ideological victory when they launched a dog into orbit aboard Sputnik 2. The Soviet space program went on to achieve a series of other space firsts in the late 1950s and early 1960s: first man in space, first woman, first three men, first space walk, first spacecraft to impact the moon, first to orbit the moon, first to impact Venus, and first craft to soft-land on the moon. However, the United States took a giant leap ahead in the space race in the late '60s with the Apollo lunar-landing program, which successfully landed two Apollo 11 astronauts on the surface of the moon in July 1969.



1. Grammar
a. A grammatical category used in the classification of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and, in some languages, verbs that may be arbitrary or based on characteristics such as sex or animacy and that determines agreement with or selection of modifiers, referents, or grammatical forms.
b. One category of such a set.
c. The classification of a word or grammatical form in such a category.
d. The distinguishing form or forms used.
2. Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture.
a. The condition of being female or male; sex.
b. Females or males considered as a group

Sexologist John Money introduced the terminological distinction between biological sex and gender as a role in 1955. Before his work, it was uncommon to use the word gender to refer to anything but grammatical categories. In many other contexts, however, even in some areas of social sciences, the meaning of gender has undergone a usage shift to include sex or even to replace the latter word Gender is now commonly used even to refer to the physiology of non-human animals, without any implication of social gender roles.

In English literature, the trichotomy between biological sex, psychological gender, and social sex role first appeared in a feminist paper on transsexualism in 1978



(born October 4, 1976)
Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. She starred in the 1995 sleeper hit Clueless and in the big-budget 1997 film Batman & Robin where she played Batgirl. She has continued to act in film, television, and theatre.

A vegan, Silverstone endorsed PETA activities and published a book titled The Kind Diet.

(born October 4, 1957)
Bill Fagerbakke is an American actor and voice actor. He is best known for his long-running-role as Patrick Star in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and Michael "Dauber" Dybinski on the sitcom Coach. To date, he has also appeared in 11 episodes of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Marshall Eriksen's father Marvin.

(born October 4, 1946)
Susan Sarandon is an American actress. She has worked in movies and television since 1969, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking. She is noted for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes.

(Oct 4, 1923 - April 5, 2008)
Charlton Heston was an American actor in film, theatre and television and a political activist.

As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He is best known for his roles in The Ten Commandments (1956); Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959); El Cid (1961); and Planet of the Apes (1968). He also is well known for his roles in the films The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Touch of Evil (1958).


Men are sexually predatory in life; and women are sexually manipulative.
--Andrea Dworkin



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