30 January 2009

Women 'censor their language at work', says study

Research at Reading University has shown women leaders are more likely to censor the language they use at work to avoid being judged.

Students interviewed 10 senior female and 10 senior male leaders from FTSE 500 companies about how they speak to colleagues.

They found that women consciously police what they say so they neither sound too feminine, and therefore weak, nor too masculine, and therefore assertive.

Link in the title. I thought this research was an interesting counterbalance to the Deborah Cameron book we're reading for the next meeting.

19 January 2009

Laughing all the way to the bank

The Institute of Spurious Science strikes again, mes amies.

Check the link above to find the usual frenzy of evolutionary pseudo-theorising, with a scrumdown to provide the most ludicrous explanation as to why women apparently have better orgasms with wealthier men. Such mundane considerations as socio-economic factors are not so much swept aside as ignored entirely beside the compelling weight of evidence which shows "women are inherently programmed to be gold-diggers".