From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:57:36 -0000 Archived: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:18:10 -0500 Subject: Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club' >Source: The HuffingtonPost.Com >http://tinyurl.com/77yxp8x >11/28/11 <snip> >"Women are not on the forefront of many UFO conferences. It's >kind of an old boys club," said symposium organizer Paola >Harris. >"There are so many wonderful researchers out there that have >literally dedicated their lives to a cause, and they deserve to >balance the energy," she told The Huffington Post. Hello List, This a phenomenon which has been studied quite a bit in the field of education, less so (and much less rigorously - for various reasons) in other social spheres. There's several known outcomes:- i) in a "mixed" arena - ie. boys and girls in a classroom - the boys typically will clamor for attention and engage in aggressive `battles', while the girls will indulge that behaviour by sitting on the sidelines; ii) therefore, while mixed schools are good for 'civilizing' boys, mixed classes are bad for girls achievement; iii) single-sex schooling is therefore 'good' for girls achievement and fairly neutral for girls socially, but 'bad' for boys socially - it can tend to produce un-social, to over- aggressive, to unbalanced, to obsessive personalities. I wouldn't want to cast aspersions re the present, and definitely not to forecast the future, but, looking at the increasing achievements of women in the sciences (already equal in medicine in UK and still rising) wherever they have near- equal education [also see: www.perceptions.couk.com/greatest.html], one could reasonably expect women of the future to tell the squabbling boys to "shut up" while they - the women - concentrate on serious matters. I.e. maybe like Alfred Russel Wallace wrote: "The position of woman in the not too distant future will be far higher and more important than any which has been claimed for or by her in the past. While she will be conceded full political and social rights on an equality with man, she will be placed in a position of responsibility and power which will render her his superior". Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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