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Calvin @civility ?

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  • For an account for why men have so much power, I would see this article by feminist social psychologists Wendy Wood and Alice Eagly: http://college.usc.edu/wendywood/research/documents/wood.eagly.handbook.2010.pdf In the article, they put forward a biopsychosocial model, which argues that the interaction between biological, psychological, and sociological factors contributed to sex differences today. They point to evidence that [...]

  • Hey Franzia, I’ll throw in some insight based on how a psychologist would answer your critiques: 1.) Most rapists are not motivated by an EXPLICIT desire to have children, and most women aren’t CONSCIOUSLY aware that they’re ovulating. But one of the most significant findings in social psychology demonstrates that explicit self-reports do not often [...]

  • I wholeheartedly agree with uclabodyimage’s comment. To back up his/her point, I’d like to note that social progress should be marked by close attention to objective truths. Independent of the replicablity of this particular study, it’s important to understand that there’s an emerging wealth of evidence that biology, culture, and society DO interact. Just as [...]

  • Calvin commented on the blog post Roundup: The Giffords shooting and violent political rhetoric   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    I take issue with the notion that simply because violent right-wing rhetoric *could* have influenced the shooter is damning evidence that political climate is out of control. We don’t even know if the shooter was even aware of Palin’s bullseye map. What we do know is that some of the shooter’s favorite books included The [...]

  • Calvin commented on the blog post “For Serious?” News of the Day: Women’s tears are a boner-killer   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    Agreed. As a feminist grad student in the social sciences, I feel it’s almost too easy to jump to a feminist perspective before attention to actual methodological rigor. Just because it disagrees with our feminist sensibilities does not mean that the science is done poorly. Even with evolutionary psychological theory.

  • Calvin commented on the blog post “For Serious?” News of the Day: Women’s tears are a boner-killer   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    Actually, just reading the New York Times article reveals that this lowers libido, but not empathy: “They had assumed chemical signals from tears would trigger sadness or empathy in others. But initial experiments found that sniffing women’s tears did not affect men’s mood or empathy, but “had a pronounced influence on sexual arousal, a surprise,” [...]

  • Calvin commented on the blog post New study confirms that women give more money than men   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Speaking from a social psychological perspective, it may be that because women are simply more empathetic on average they are also more privy to appeals for charity as a result. An interesting parallel finding in past research is that conservatives give much more money to charity that liberals (30-50%, depending on what you’re looking at). [...]

  • Calvin commented on the blog post WaPo’s Next Top Pundit contest finalists: Pale and male   3 years, 11 months ago · View

    Can you elaborate on what you mean? I thought I raised a serious point – it’s racism no matter which direction it’s spun.

    Second, I think it’s jumping a little ahead to say I need to ‘Check privilege and do some research on racism’ without proper justification.

  • Calvin commented on the blog post Mainstream media outlets ignore people of color   4 years, 1 month ago · View

    To me, it doesn’t appear to be any type of willful discrimination. The power players in American politics ARE disproportionately white, and that may largely explain why some groups are more over-represented than others.

  • Calvin became a registered member   4 years, 1 month ago · View

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