Research supports the idea that many men do not believe it when women say no to sex. In one study, men read a scenario in which a woman dressed and behaved “modestly” on a date; when her date made a sexual advance, she said no three times and tried to move away. In spite of this, men’s mean ratings of how much she wanted sex were almost at the middle of the scale. After the men were told to assume that the woman really did not want to have sex, their ratings of various aspects of the scenario (e.g., how justified the man was in forcing the woman to have sex) changed significantly, providing additional evidence that the men had not initially believed the woman’s protests.
So we are currently interviewing for a new Chancellor at my school. When talking about fundraising and such, he mentioned the he wanted to hit up alumni (you know, the people who have already paid a shit-ton of money to the school, and still paying off their student loans), especially the out-of-state people (you know, the ones who pay three times as much as the rest of the student body) because they come from states with higher cost of living, and therefore higher income.
We didn’t say anything, but the air in the room chilled after that.
Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.
Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.
With all of the fuss about world education ranks and standardized testing these days, many seem to have forgotten the point of assessments– to assess learning. Testing is meant to tell how much the student has been able to absorb, process, and explain what they were taught. The ideal concept is that the teacher and student would get more out of the feedback than the government.