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I read the news today (oh boy) - Current world events
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17 March 2014
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parlance said

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The saddest thing to me about this area, and I realise I may get jumped up and down on for saying this, is how unsupportive women are of other women.

 

That's not the saddest thing. The saddest thing is the systemic sexism that creates the behavior. Look to the source, not the symptom.

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I may be misunderstanding your point, parlance, and please forgive me if I am. However, you seem to be suggesting that those women who attack other women (such as the columnists Emily referred to) are not to blame for their actions, but that they do it because of the male-inspired "sexist world" we live in.

I'm sorry but I disagree. We see comparable behaviour in most of the higher primates, with females (and males) jostling for their place within the hierarchy of the group. It is a competition thing.

We sometimes forget that at our most basic we are just another set of animals, but with an intelligence to allow us to attempt to overcome our DNA and instinctual behaviour.

To just dismiss some aspects of female behaviour by suggesting they only do it because it is a "man's world" is to suggest that women have no choice in the way they treat each other. The way I have seen some women attack other women, were it a man - they would be torn apart for saying such things.

It is too easy to say a symptom is proof of one disease, when it's often evidence of another.

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17 March 2014
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parlance said

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I'm sorry but I disagree. We see comparable behaviour in most of the higher primates, with females (and males) jostling for their place within the hierarchy of the group. It is a competition thing.

If you see it merely as a competition thing, then why, in the context of this conversation, are you pointing it out as a "sad" thing that women specifically do to each other? Why not discuss it as a sad thing humans do to each other?

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Because, in the context of this conversation, which is about the ways women's confidence is undermined in society, I was making the point that women's confidence is not only undermined by outdated sexist attitudes, but also by the way some women still feel it perfectly acceptable to attack other women with words.

The most natural behaviour in the male of the species when attempting to undermine another male is the resort to violence. This has shown itself in various ways throughout history from the duel to the Friday night brawl, and all have become increasingly unacceptable, with the laws of most countries prohibiting them.

Whilst saying there are similar competition behaviours in both genders, I did not say they exhibited in the same way, and the male behaviour has legal statutes to control it, as it was recognised as harmful.

My point, and I stand by it, is that - if we take the example of columnists and commentators - women are much more vicious and demeaning to other women than men are to other men.

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Malaysian's Prime Minister has said that the plane is lost in the Southern Indian Ocean and the families of those on board have been informed there are no survivors.

The BBC write:

Based on new analysis the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the UK company that provided satellite data, "have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," he said.

"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

 

Horrible news but not unexpected.

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meanmistermustard said
Malaysian's Prime Minister has said that the plane is lost in the Southern Indian Ocean and the families of those on board have been informed there are no survivors.

The BBC write:

Based on new analysis the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the UK company that provided satellite data, "have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," he said.

"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

 

Horrible news but not unexpected.

 

No, not unexpected...but so tragic.

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Pulitzer winners announced today. I don't always read the the entire list, but this year one of the finalists in drama was a musical based on one of my favorite graphic novels, Fun Home.

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