Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Statistics-Based Disagreement Between Professionals

Megan McArdle:

I expect [nature] also explains the visceral pleasure that most women get
from gossip, which most men really don't seem to enjoy nearly so much--the
perhaps sad truth is that I feel closer to my female friends when we have gotten
through a really good round of "what's wrong with everyone else". 30
Jun 2008 02:47 pm


I've always thought that Linda Hirshman had a tenuous grasp on reality, but
not this tenuous. ...
Girls will be girls, I guess. Drezner asks for suggestions as to how
Hirshmann could have gotten it so totally, bizarrely, utterly,
I-know-why-don't-I-save-time-by-blow-drying-my-hair-in-the-shower? wrong.
If you figure it out, please do let me know. 09
Dec 2008 09:01 am

5 comments:

clever pseudonym said...

the perhaps sad truth is that I feel closer to my female friends when we have gotten through a really good round of "what's wrong with everyone else".

That is not in any way "perhaps sad." It's completely and utterly sad and not a little bit despicable to boot. But I guess when you're insecure and incapable of self-reflection, it's best to spend your time picking apart the faults of others and ignoring your own.

Susan of Texas said...

I see from FMM that they are getting into it in the comments. I am not sure if Hirschman is being fair when she accuses McArdle of being sexist. Women are simply less useful to Megan than men. It's a matter of mathematics.

clever pseudonym said...

Oh, I'm going to have to go pop some popcorn for that one!

Susan of Texas said...
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clever pseudonym said...

False alarm. Apparently, Megan's side of the "cat fight" was an imposter.