Dec 18, Zahwil rated it really liked it Baumeister gives a standard economic argument to explain differences in outcomes e.
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For more information on this topic, read Dr. Click here to visit Dr. Recent writings have not had much good to say about men. Nor are these isolated examples.
Almosteverybody likes women better than men. My purposein this talk is not to try to balance this out by praising men, though alongthe way I will have various positive things to say about both Anything good about men. I shall suggest, instead, that most often men and women have been partners,supporting each other rather than exploiting or manipulating each other.
Nor is this about trying to arguethat men should be regarded as victims. I detest the whole idea of competing tobe victims.
They have madediscussion of gender politics very difficult and sensitive, thereby warping theplay of ideas. In fact my own theory is built around tradeoffs, so thatwhenever there is something good it is tied to something else that is bad, andthey balance out.
Gender warriors please go home. It invokes the feminist critique of society. This critiquestarted when some women systematically looked up at the top of society and sawmen everywhere: Seeing all this, the feministsthought, wow, men dominate everything, so society is set up to favor men.
Itmust be great to be a man. The mistakein that way of thinking is to look only at the top. If one were to look downward to the bottom of society instead, onefinds mostly men there too.
Whom does society use for bad or dangerous jobs? Likewise,who gets killed in battle? This year we passed the milestone of 3, deaths in Iraq, and of those, 2,were men, 62 were women. One canimagine an ancient battle in which the enemy was driven off and the city saved,and the returning soldiers are showered with gold coins.
An early feministmight protest that hey, all those men are getting gold coins,half of those coins should go to women. In principle, I agree.
Culture has plenty of tradeoffs,in which it needs people to do dangerous or risky things, and so it offers bigrewards to motivate people to take those risks. Most cultures have tended to use men for these high-risk, high-payoffslots much more than women.
I shall propose there are important pragmaticreasons for this. The result is that some men reap big rewards while othershave their lives ruined or even cut short. They do what they do for pragmatic reasons driven by competitionagainst other systems and other groups.
Stereotypes at Harvard I said thattoday most people hold more favorable stereotypes of women than men. It was notalways thus. Up until about the s, psychology like society tended to seemen as the norm and women as the slightly inferior version.
During the s,there was a brief period of saying there were no real differences, juststereotypes. Only since about has the dominant view been that women arebetter and men are the inferior version.
The surprising thing to me is thatit took little more than a decade to go from one view to its opposite, that is,from thinking men are better than women to thinking women are better than men.
How is this possible?Have men really been engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to exploit and oppress women? Have the essential differences between men and women really been erased?
Have men now become unnecessary? Are they good for anything at all? In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in .
In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that relations between men and women are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, that men and women are different in basic ways, and that /5(37).
In Is There Anything Good About Men?, Roy Baumeister offers provocative answers to these and many other questions about the current state of manhood in America. Baumeister argues that relations between men and women are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, that men and women are different in basic ways, and that.
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Stacy said: The first half of this book was fascinating. Overall, the book was well wri /5. Aug 20, · What percentage of your ancestors were men? No, it’s not 50 percent, as I’ll explain shortly. But first let me credit the source, Roy F.
Baumeister, who answered that question – and a lot of other ones – in an address on Friday at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco.
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