Two items catch my eye this morning.
One was this article about how women don’t like the news, says a study. “Consumption of news is ‘very much a masculine action, particularly in Canada, Norway, U.K and U.S.'” I found this as I was catching up with the news, thereby proving once again that I am unique among all of female kind. Ha!
The study authors then go to great lengths to try and figure why this might be:
He suggested three partial explanations. One is a “historical hangover” from an age when public affairs was men’s work, and women stayed home. Another is that women can be more busy than men, with less time for news. A third is that the men seem to be more prominent in current affairs, which can discourage some women from taking an interest or feeling involved.
Excuse me as I recover from laughing. “A historical hangover”? Seriously? NO ONE, no one, for one split second said to themselves, Hey! Maybe it’s because women are not interested!?
Given some fairly recent experiences I could easily quip that this one is perfectly true. But I won’t, because I’m, er, more mature than that. Ahem.
In any event, all jokes aside, in this article you don’t find any discussion of “matriarchal domination,” or the array of excuses we are prepared to provide women.
In short, men are immature, simply because they are. But if women don’t care enough to read the news it’s because a) there is systemic prejudice against us, or b) because we are so, so, so busy (and mature?) that we don’t have time.
I see a double standard. And I am weary of the long list of excuses we are prepared to provide women while not extending the same grace to men.by