Opposites End in a Vacuum of Ashes: Quantifying Human Compatibility

Five Thirty Eight is a new website that uses data quantification to make qualitative evaluations of our human lives.  A recent article concerning people really only wanting to date themselves captured my attention.

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Gender Rules for Crossing the Street

I walk everywhere.  Not needing to have a car is a blessing of living on the East Coast.  Janna walks everywhere, too. Sometimes, we walk together — and therein lies the rub when it comes to combining our love of walking — because we usually have trouble crossing the street.

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Boys and Bananas

I’m bananas about bananas.  I became hooked on them as a child when my grandfather was ill and his doctor told him to eat a banana a day to help naturally boost his potassium levels.  My grandfather was a hardcore Nebraskan who lived a red meat and potatoes diet all his life.  His favorite appetizer was taking a slice of Wonder Bread and spooning three glops of sour cream on it and then eating the whole thing in a single swallow with the same glee a child wolfs down a donut.

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Are Men Better at Returning Business Calls than Women?

We have written a lot about gender issues in the past, and today I’m going to set a pendulum in motion that may seem swingingly odd, but I am curious to get your feedback on the momentum of the matter.

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Pulling a Ponytail: Blaming the Root, Not the Ends

Yesterday, in my — Muslim Women Conundrum — article, I lamented the fact that the women dropped a class I was teaching because of their fear of being touched by a man.  Commenter “nosleepingdog” said this, in the replies stream:

We should remember though that the ultimate enforcers of these strictures are Islamic men. A woman who is accused of having deliberately put herself in a position where a man might touch her, may be beaten, disowned, raped, or killed. Very logical. Does make one wonder. Even questioning the authority of the rules and the enforcers is a crime.

That point made me think about the real roots of this masked problem of oppression, and I recalled a story my wife shared with me this week that draws a deeper, and more widespread — and certainly more pernicious! — example of how men have, and still do, try to actively control women.  Even women they do not know.

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Women of the World: Never Ask Your Man if He is Joking

Men are performers.  We lead.  We wander.  We are always looking to conquer.  We also tend to place great value in being funny — especially if we can make our woman laugh.  We feel as if the eyes of the world are upon our funny bones when it comes to you.  We’re funny that way.

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Gender Resentment

You see it all the time in the streets now — Gender Resentment is on the rise — and, I argue, even though I don’t support it, Gender Resentment is the directly descended result of the women’s liberation movement where men now abandon their common courtesy and human values when it comes to “equalizing” women by diminishing them in public.

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