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Thursday, July 12th, 2007 - by "Sandmonkey"

When Israeli television's Channel 10 put PJM contributor and blogger Lisa Goldman on the air from Beirut it didn't go unnoticed. The Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey observes how the Lebanese opposition transformed the hapless Canadian-Israeli writer into a dangerous terrorist and spy.

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Stereotypes in the News

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

It seems that the media is focusing this week on dominant women in the news. First, I read a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19713567/wid/11915773″that women are now the queens of their castles/a and men are just agreeing to whatever their spouse wants:br /br /blockquoteMen might throw their weight around at the office, but at home, women are the bosses. br /br /A study, which was just released, finds that wives have more power than their husbands in making decisions and dominating discussions….br /br /Wives were more demanding — asking for changes in the relationship or in their partner — and were more likely to get their way than the husbands. This held regardless of who had chosen the issue. br /br /The women were not just talking more than their husbands. br /br /”It wasn’t just that the women were bringing up issues that weren’t being responded to, but that the men were actually going along with what they said,” Vogel explained. “[Women] were communicating more powerful messages, and men were responding to those messages by agreeing or giving in.” /blockquotebr /br /Then, a reader a href=”http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/sometimes-there-is-just-no-denying-it-8230/2007/07/11/1183833598450.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1″emailed me this article /afrom today’s emSydney Morning Herald /emon the desperate need for female leaders:br /br /blockquoteIf ever there was a time in history that cried out for women’s leadership, that time is now. Terrorism, random acts of violence, famine, poverty and corporate greed are all signs that our world is slowly decaying. The historian Arnold Toynbee once suggested that societies that see an early decline are those where the people who have the power no longer know how to use it effectively, yet they won’t share it with those who might help.br /br /And who is in power around the globe? With few exceptions, men. They are at the helm of the majority of businesses, financial institutions, governments and institutions of higher learning.br /br /Is this to say women make better leaders than men? No, they make different leaders. From corporations to governing bodies, there are simply not enough women’s voices at the table to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.br /br /Ironically, through a combination of nature and nurture, women have honed the quintessential skills necessary for leadership in this day and age. The traditional masculine style of “command and control” leadership is dead. When a boss says “jump” the response is no longer “how high?” The response is “why?”….br /br /If you doubt women have what it takes, consider this. Any woman who ever had to get three different children to three different events on a Saturday, do the grocery shopping, pick up the laundry, visit an elderly parent, go back and pick up the children and prepare dinner for guests – all on the same day – knows how to be strategic and tactical. Women know how to influence without authority because they’ve spent their lives having to do so./blockquotebr /br /So, basically, what I hear the first article saying is that the stereotype that women nag and demand that spouses change is alive and well and husbands give in to keep the peace. This is interpreted in the article as “power.” br /br /In the second article, women are all fuzzy and nurturing and the only way they have “honed their experience” as leaders is to have had experience with children, shopping and cooking dinner. Women do not command any authority, so they have to influence without it–rather than learn how to command authority, the writer of this article seems to think that women don’t need it–they can lead “from a core that focuses on values, not power. They build interdependent teams, praise rather than punish, and gain loyalty by focusing on the human being, not the human doing. This is what generation X and the Millennials want and this is precisely what women leaders give them.”br /br /If these articles were trying to make a case against female leadership, they could not have done a better job–the stereotypes of women as demanding nags who are described as “queens” at home without any authority in the public sphere are hardly a ringing endorsement for female leadership. Can you really lead simply by praising people and focusing on “values” rather than merit? It sounds like a recipe for disaster, kind of like some of our worse public schools systems. Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on women gaining authority, working to change the public perception of women in authority, and learning to use power in appropriate ways if it is necessary. Women are effective leaders, but it will be harder for a woman to get elected if the media portrays women in such a stereotypical light. It feeds people’s worst fears of what a female leader would be like–the queen bee they know at home or the boss at work who leads like she is running a character education class rather than the boardroom or the country.

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Not A “Rosie” Picture

Thursday, July 12th, 2007 - by Aaron Hanscom

Rosie O'Donnell might do well to remember - before declaring radical Christianity as threatening as radical Islam - that homosexuality is punishable by death under Islamic law, writes PJM editor Aaron Hanscom. Around the world, Moslem governments and individuals aren't just talking about physically harming gays. They're actually doing it.

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A Sporting Chance: Promote It Like Beckham

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

Football's David Beckham is coming to Hollywood. But does the aging English sporting star still have what it takes to bring a touch of stardom to the L.A. Galaxy, and some much-needed publicity to Major League Soccer? By Rick Moran, PJM Columnist

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A Different Dr. Helen

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

I was skimming through my new copy of emMonitor on Psychology/em, a publication of the American Psychological Association and noticed that their division 48, The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence was soliciting new members. I decided to take look at their website a href=”http://www.webster.edu/peacepsychology/”peacepsych.org /ato see what kind of ideas they had and wasn’t surprised to see that leftist idealism was not only being peddled to members but professors in universities a href=”http://www.webster.edu/peacepsychology/ppresourceproject.html#syllabi”around the country were also turning in samples of syllabi/a as examples of how to teach students of psychology and other disciplines. br /br /Most notable was one a href=”http://www.h-net.org/~peace/hpsyll-fox.pdf”syllabus by Dr. Helen Fox /afrom the University of Michigan who is teaching a course on “Nonviolence in Action,” a course that is described as “Fulfils the Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) Requirement.” It is not clear that this is a required course, I assume there are others to choose from, however, after reading over the syllabus, it seems to me that students are being indoctrinated into a left-leaning mode of thought as well as being asked to support the professor’s pet anti-war organizations. Here are the course goals:br /br /blockquoteCourse Goalsbr /• to understand some of the philosophies that motivate nonviolent action,br /including tenets of five major religionsbr /• to learn how nonviolent social movements have worked in countries aroundbr /the worldbr /• to learn and practice some of the methods and strategies of nonviolent actionbr /• to learn to respond to arguments that justify war and aggressionbr /• to practice nonviolent action in the community, teach peace, and/or contributebr /to a nonviolent social movement/blockquotebr /br /Apparently, students are also being asked to become some type of “activist” in the professor’s pet political organizations:br /br /blockquoteCommunity Actionbr /In small groups, you will decide on nonviolent action projects you want to pursue in the community. This might involve a specific project with the UM student organization Anti-War Action, internships with the Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace or other peace groups, peace education of children or teens in schools or religious institutions, training and practice in nonviolent dialogue or conflict resolution, or other appropriate ways of learning and practicing nonviolent action./blockquotebr /br /Here is the grading system:br /br /blockquoteYour grade or RC evaluation will be based on the quality and depth of your writing, your attendance and involvement in class, and your contributions to your community project./blockquotebr /br /So, if one decides to join a community project promoting peace by joining the local Ann Arbor pro-life group, does that count? What if a student doesn’t believe that the ideals promoted by the professor are accurate and believes that sometimes military action is warranted, can they still take the class? If a student writes a paper supporting military action as opposed to non-action, is that acceptable? Should the American Psychological Assocation be supporting professors at public universities who are soliciting student volunteers for their pet political projects? Is this fair to students who are dependent on the professor for a grade? br /br /A a href=”http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1334″recent Zogby poll /ashowed that a majority of Americans think political bias among college professors is a serious problem–and after a href=”http://www.h-net.org/~peace/syllabi.html”taking a look at some of the syllabi /apromoted by the American Psychological Association’s division 48, I can see why.

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Eloi for Breakfast

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 - by Pastor Bruce Moon

Bruce Moon time-travels from breakfast with spine-chilling creatures of the future to the battlefields of the Revolutionary War and back again to remind us that keeping the peace isn't always all it's cracked up to be.

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Whither McCain?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Bill Bradley is following the ebbs and flows of the Arizona Senator’s campaign for the White House. Read it @ NEW WEST NOTES.

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Touching at Work: The Good Old Girl Network

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

It seems there is a double standard in the workplace–if a href=”http://drudgereport.com/flash2.htm”Katie Couric slaps her male staff/a for (horrors!) using a word she doesn’t like, it’s just cute but if the genders were reversed–watch out. Just touching a woman or even making a comment is often seen as sexual harassment that can get you placed in sensitivity training, on probation or fired, while massaging men at work doesn’t raise an eyebrow–not even from the men who aren’t looking for a free back rub. Craig at a href=”http://buffalog.blogspot.com/2007/07/put-up-and-shut-up.html”Buffalog blog posts /aon his experience:br /br /blockquoteThere’s a manager where I work, a woman, who demonstrates an unnatural need to give back massages to the men in the department (most of whom are younger than she). We work in an open-office and so the, um, attention, is quite public. Now, I assure you that, in this particular case, the attention is not welcome, but men being men, even in 21st century America, no one will go to H.R. about it. Imagine if the sexual tables were turned./blockquotebr /br /Yes, just imagine–the women would be up in arms. But when the tables are turned, it seems that the nurturing sex is as unsympathetic toward men in the workplace as men were toward women years ago. MSNBC has an article entitled, a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19536167/”"Male Sexual Harassment is not a Joke” /athat describes the case of Thomas:br /br /blockquoteThomas, who works in academia but didn’t want his full name used, found himself in an office made up of mainly women who would routinely share and copy each other emailed jokes and emails about men. A few, he adds, “made fun of men’s unique anatomy, if you know what I mean.” The behavior, he says, made him feel isolated. When he finally addressed the matter with the women in the office, “the women were stunned, generally with a ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’ kind of attitude. And they kept doing it.”/blockquotebr /br /I am not a big believer in charging co-workers and others with sexual harassment over trivial matters. Perhaps Katie Couric really didn’t mean to slap the male writer and maybe the women in the example above with Thomas the academic didn’t think that what they said was done in a malicious manner. But their conduct shows that they have no respect for their male colleagues and employees–surely, if the tables were turned, they would support a woman taking action against this type of behavior. Are the good old girls so sexist that they expect men to sit quietly and take whatever behavior they wish to dish out? If so, then equality in the workplace has nothing to do with equality between the sexes and everything to do with women seeing themselves as the new nobility.

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Snapped in the New York Times

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

The show “Snapped,” the Oxygen show about women who murder a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/07/arts/television/07bell.html?ex=1184644800en=67dd750a34081a2dei=5070emc=eta1″was in the emNew York Times /em /athe other day (thanks to the reader who sent the link):br /br /blockquoteWere you to spend a day at home in the exclusive company of your remote control, you might come to the conclusion that “Snapped” was the most consistently rerun show on television. A true-crime series set to begin its sixth season on the Oxygen network in the fall, “Snapped” appears every Sunday night and for hours and hours each weekday. Should you happen upon it on a random Wednesday morning, you might feasibly reorganize a closet, do some yoga in your living room, make a brisket and still never be forced to change the channel to find something new to watch.br /br /“Snapped,” which made its debut three years ago, is about women who murder. It remains among Oxygen’s highest-rated shows, having had an instrumental role in recasting women’s television away from its celebrations of victimhood to its new fetish for female aberrance. (“Snapped” is rivaled in popularity on Oxygen only by “The Bad Girls Club,” a reality show whose title precludes the need for any explanation.)/blockquotebr /br /I can vouch for the endless reruns of this show. I was an expert on for the first season and a half and get at least someone every week saying that they have seen me on one of the shows within the last week. I don’t get the Oxygen channel on my cable network but apparently the show runs all day long. If you get the Oxygen network, you can check out a href=”http://www.oxygen.com/snapped/?index=0″the show times here./a

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The London Caper

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 - by Barry Rubin

New British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's willful blindness in instructing his government never to use the word "Muslim" when discussing terrorism has inspired Barry Rubin's entertaining yarn entitled The Adventures of Tony Rodef, Middle East Detective.

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Money Changes Everything

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 - by Rick Moran

Who is actually paying close attention to all of this frantic running around and begging for bucks this early in the presidential campaign season? It used to be big media's turf, but now political bloggers are counting beans too, observes PJM columnist Rick Moran - which is why they have become vital to a campaign's strategy.

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Breaking the Oil Habit

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 - by Richard Miniter

There's no issue of denial - we've already admitted we're addicted to oil as a nation and like most addictions, it's a destructive force. PJM Washington editor Richard Miniter recently attended in a high-level Hudson Institute discussion of the best approach to entering rehab.

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Monday, July 9th, 2007

Good grief–a href=”http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/5705-Ask-Dr.-Bliss!.html”what have I started?/a And is that really Dr. Bliss in the photograph?

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The New Forgotten Man

Monday, July 9th, 2007

a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/06/AR2007070601927.html”George Will had a review /aof a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0066211700?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0066211700″emThe Forgotten Man/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0066211700″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / in his column yesterday (Hat tip: Tomcal): br /br /blockquoteRepublicans had long practiced limited interest-group politics on behalf of business with tariffs, gifts of land to railroads and other corporate welfare. Roosevelt, however, made interest-group politics systematic and routine. New Deal policies were calculated to create many constituencies — labor, retirees, farmers, union members — to be dependent on government.br /br /Before the 1930s, the adjective “liberal” denoted policies of individualism and individual rights; since Roosevelt, it has primarily pertained to the politics of group interests. So writes Shlaes, a columnist for Bloomberg News, in ” The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.” She says Roosevelt’s wager was that, by furiously using legislation and regulations to multiply federally favored groups, and by rhetorically pitting those favored by government against the unfavored, he could create a permanent majority coalition.br /br /In the process, says Shlaes, Roosevelt refined his definition of the “forgotten man.” This man had been thought of as a general personality, compatible with the assumption that Americans were all in it together. “Now, by defining his forgotten man as the specific groups he would help, the president was in effect forgetting the rest — creating a new forgotten man. The country was splitting into those who were Roosevelt’s favorites and everyone else.”/blockquotebr /br /Not much has changed since the New Deal; special interest politics still rule and dependence on the government continues to increase. Today’s forgotten man is now any group who is not politically correct enough to warrant any government goodies.

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Tilting at Windmills

Monday, July 9th, 2007 - by Joshua Livestro

When conservative columnist Joshua Livestro was confronted with censorship at the Dutch public broadcasting corporation, he didn't get mad - he got even.

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Livestro’s Censored Commentary

Monday, July 9th, 2007

These are the opinions that Dutch public broadcasting didn't want their viewers to hear.

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Monday Morning Quarterback: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Monday, July 9th, 2007 - by Bill Bradley

John Edwards struggles to pay his hairdresser bills, while Barack Obama is so flush that the strapped Republican candidates might want to ask him for a loan. Especially John McCain, who now has less cash than Ron Paul. PJM political prognosticator Bill Bradley follows the money into another week of presidential follies.

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Week 25 in progress… Make your website or blog a polling place by getting your WIDGET here

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Over 125,000 votes have been cast in the weekly PAJAMAS MEDIA PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL. The twenty-fifth week has officially begun. DON'T FORGET: You can put the poll on your website or blog with our free voting widget and become a precinct in the PJ Media Straw Poll. Learn how the readers of your site are voting and compare it the the total.

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Vacation, Summer Reading and The Forgotten Man

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Well, I got back from my beach vacation in Florida last night after driving for over 13 hours–including a stop through McDonough, Georgiaa href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/006912.php” where we found this unusual Chik-fil-A diner./a I spent most of the time at the beach sitting under an umbrella with lots of sunscreen catching up on some reading material that I had put aside to take. I started out with some lighter reading with my very first issue of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O1PKOG?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000O1PKOG”emGarden Gun/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000O1PKOG” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that I ordered after a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/05/when-you-get-outside-of-new-york-city.html”hearing about the name /aand reading up on it in emThe New York Times./em The magazine is very asthetically pleasing, with glossy photos and interesting articles such as “Hemingway’s Cuba” and “Southern Swell” about women who surf. My only criticism is that there are too many advertisements for my taste but I suppose that is par for the course these days in any magazine.br /br /The book that I spent most of my time reading is the one that I am holding in the picture below, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0066211700?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0066211700″emThe Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression/em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0066211700″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / by Amity Shlaes, a journalist and economics reporter. If you have an interest in understanding more about the New Deal than what you hear about in the media, Shlaes provides a terrific reinterpretation of the Great Depression. “She shows how both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt failed to understand the prosperity of the 1920′s and heaped massive burdens on the country that more than offset the benefit of the New Deal programs. The real question of the Depression, she argues, in not whether Roosevelt ended it with World War II but why the Depression lasted so long.” Did government intervention play a part in making it last longer? Our current entitlement mentality and expectations that the government will provide is based, I think, in large part on the New Deal. The book gave me more perspective and understanding of how this change in mentality took place in our country and how important it is to be aware of the flaws of government intervention into every problem. I think our current desire to embrace universal healthcare is another mistake waiting to happen, but that is a whole other issue. This book is definitely more than just beach reading, it is a detailed and fascinating study of an important part of our nation’s history. br /br /a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RpEDpxijgCI/AAAAAAAAABg/ApwyB2EwMjQ/s1600-h/helenamity.jpg”img style=”float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6XsGr86A1rs/RpEDpxijgCI/AAAAAAAAABg/ApwyB2EwMjQ/s400/helenamity.jpg” border=”0″ width=200 alt=”"id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5084849470485790754″ //a

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Europe in Denial: Lessons Learned in Spain

Sunday, July 8th, 2007 - by Aaron Hanscom

The cathedrals were beautiful and the cheese was great. But Aaron Hanscom returned from his annual pilgrimage to Spain concerned that while Europeans are finally realizing that radical Islamists pose a threat to their way of life, they remain unsure how to fight back.

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Garlic: The Good, the Bad, and the Pesto

Saturday, July 7th, 2007 - by Nancy Rommelmann

Nearly everyone loves garlic, even if we don't love kissing someone who just has just enjoyed it. After studying up in the Farmer's Market, PJM food writer Nancy Rommelmann knows all there is to know about the "stinking rose."

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Sex, Sex, and More Sex

Saturday, July 7th, 2007 - by Burt Prelutsky

When it comes to nudity and sex in America, all Burt Prelutsky is looking for is a little wiggle-room. It is, after all, important to remember to whom we give ammunition when we let our puritan side get the better of us.

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Gore Aid?

Saturday, July 7th, 2007 - by Doug Heye

Tomorrow's Live Earth concerts all over the world are part of Al Gore's plan to save, well, the Earth. But they could end up generating more carbon dioxide than was produced by all of Afghanistan in 2006. Even Bob Geldof and The Who's Roger Daltrey have opted out. By Doug Heye

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Blog Week in Review: Andrew Breitbart

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

The advent of the bookmark and internet news aggregation have changed the way we see the world. Andrew Breitbart—of Breitbart.com and the new Breitbart.tv—and Austin Bay talk about the news wars and the coming convergence of main-stream and new media in this week's podcast.

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Are Men as Talkative as Women?

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Yes, according to a href=”http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070706/1a_offlede06.art.htm”a span style=”font-style:italic;”USA Today /spanarticle/a on a study that says that both sexes speak about 16,000 words a day:br /br /blockquotePopular wisdom would have it that women talk more than men– 20,000 words a day, while men average just 7,000.br /br /Research out today contradicts that stereotype. Both sexes say about 16,000 words a day, a study in Science magazine says.br /br /”It’s been a common belief, but it just didn’t fit,” says co-author James Pennebaker, psychology department chairman at the University of Texas-Austin.br /br /He and colleagues analyzed conversations recorded from 1998 to 2004 of 396 students in the USA and Mexico, 210 women and 186 men, ages 18-29. The study examined word count, not vocabulary or word use. Pennebaker says two-thirds of participants spoke 11,000 to 25,000 words a day; the average for both sexes was about 16,000.br /br /The finding may seem surprising in a culture in which women are often stereotyped as talkative and men as uncommunicative.br /br /Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine cited the 20,000-vs.-7,000 comparison in her 2006 book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767920090?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0767920090″The Female Brain/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0767920090″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / as evidence for gender brain differences. After the book came out in August, the statistic was widely quoted.br //blockquotebr /br /A linguistics professor says that previous studies have focused on phone conversations and interview transcripts, rather than daily life. If you just look around at the sheer number of women on cell phones chatting with friends, it is no wonder it seems women are the chattier sex. And interviewing some guys is like pulling teeth to get them talking. Phones and interviews may not be a good fit to get men talking. It’s like saying that women don’t talk as much at sports events and beer drinking contests. So next time you think that men don’t communicate and thrive on being the strong silent type, just remember that perhaps the context is the problem, not the fact that they are uncommunicative.

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