Tag: gender

  • Friendship Differences by Gender

    This slowly absorbing article on the differences between male and female friendships seems to have been compiled with an observant eye‚Ķ but then I am the same sex as the author. Researchers say women’s friendships are face to face: They talk, cry together, share secrets. Men’s friendships are side by side: We play golf. We…

  • The Ambiguity of Sex

    I’m not a big follower of athletics, but two news items have somehow made their way to my mental inbox from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin: how ridiculously fast Usain Bolt is, and the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya. On the latter, Caster is currently undergoing gender verification tests and in the process has…

  • The Advantage of Female Executives

    Of the top 500 public US companies, firms with women in senior management performed 18 to 69 percent better in terms of profitability than the median companies in their industries. Not only this, but these firms, with around three women in top jobs,¬†scored higher on top measures of organisational excellence by at least 40 percent.…

  • Female Sexuality Research: What Women Want

    The question ‘What does a woman want?’ was, according to Freud, “The great question that has never been answered”. One person trying to answer this question, however, is Meredith Chivers‚ÄĒa psychologist specialising in sexual behaviour whose work was extensively discussed in The New York Times earlier this year. The article, focusing on female sexuality, is…

  • What Maketh A Man?

    The Observer asks what five ‘brilliant’ writers believe ‘makes a man’.¬†Jackie Collins goes for talent, Tony Parsons votes for pride, and Jonathan Coe says chivalry‚Ķ and confusion? If I’m confused about masculinity, in any case, I think that puts me in pretty safe company – the company of every other thinking male in the country.…