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Girl power and chess

Here’s an article about a Chinese girl in Toronto who plays chess. And a pretty good chess player, the top-ranked female in the entire nation of Canada. I could certainly never play at that level (even though it’s probably a level that’s quite a bit below the top-ranked male chess player in Canada).

Like many of these articles, the spin is, how great it is that women are finally getting into chess because of the popularity of that Netflix series. But no one ever asks why that’s a good thing, why it matters. It’s not as if there’s any money in playing chess. Does being a good chess player help you find a job outside of chess? I don’t think so. Is it just a bias that things that men do are inherently better than the things that women do? And it’s always better for women to be more like men? (Although I have to admit that I hold the opinion that playing chess is a better use of time than going shopping.)

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December 11, 2020 at 10:22 AM

The King of Staten Island

Very good movie, captures the essence of Staten Island. Some critics thought the Staten Island accents were overdone, but obviously those critics have never been to Staten Island. It’s a comedy, but it’s also a drama. They call that a dramedy.

Is it making fun of proles, glorifying them, or maybe a little of both?

Whenever the the audience scores at Rotten Tomatoes are higher than the critics’ scores, especially for a long sometimes slow-moving movie like this, you have to wonder what’s going on. What social justice box didn’t this check? It’s certainly much better than that awful Star Wars movie which the critics loved.

While critics praised the performances of the female actresses, the story is a story about men. About the the importance of having a father. Scott is screwed up because his father died when he was seven, and he grew up without a father. It’s totally fitting that I watched this movie on Father’s Day.

After Scott moves into the fire station and lives with a bunch of older prole males who act as father figures, Scott gets his life back in order. At the fire station, he escapes the toxic femininity of his mother, sister, his mother’s boyfriend’s ex-wife, and he learns how to be a man.

The message of the movie doesn’t fit the liberal Narrative.

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June 21, 2020 at 10:15 PM

McDonald’s CEO fired

McDonald’s CEO was fired for having a consensual relationship with an employee that violated company policy.

In a statement Sunday evening, the fast food giant said former president and CEO Steve Easterbrook had demonstrated poor judgment in violating a company policy that forbids managers from having romantic relationships with direct or indirect subordinates.

When Katie Hill was forced to resign from Congress, she whined about how there’s a double standard against women, but we see that she was full of bullshit, men get treated the same or worse.

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November 4, 2019 at 8:34 AM

Posted in Males and Females

Trans people often realize they made big mistake

Sky News reports that hundreds of young trans people in the United Kingdom are seeking to return to their former sex.

Duh! Of course that would happen. Surgery can’t turn people into the opposite sex, it can only turn people into freaks.

“I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it,” she says.

“They don’t know what their options are now.”

This is not to say that there aren’t people with gender identity problems, but the correct advice is to try to look like their born sex in public, and just deal with the fact that they’re never going to have a satisfying sexual relationship, but at least there’s a lot of transgender porn they can masturbate to on the internet.

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An interesting comment:

A childhood friend of mine came out as trans about a year ago. I’m still trying to figure out what I think of it.
Although I frequent blogs such as this one, in person I’m a relatively agreeable apolitical guy. You’d never know what I really think. So regarding this new development, I initially wanted to think “hey, it’s not so bad, times are changing”. After all, it doesn’t really affect my day to day. And of course, who I am to say other people shouldn’t pursue happiness (to an extent). We live thousands of miles apart now.

But then I realized that the guy that I grew up with watching James Bond movies with, playing video games and sports, and who lived across the street from me (I can see his house from mine) isn’t really here anymore. Sure, “he” is still around, but the dynamics changed. It’s not really “bro talk”, but instead the hyper-PC artificialities that characterize modern interpersonal interaction between the sexes. It’s awkward.

A thought exercise is whether or not this could have been prevented. I’m not sure. He wasn’t always well-adjusted socially; perhaps this is his way of coping. Either way, I’m increasingly realizing that the social fabric that tied everyone together is slowly unraveling.

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October 6, 2019 at 9:41 AM

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Captain Kirk’s potbelly

Dave Marinaccio, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek, writes:

James T. Kirk is the model ship’s captain. He’s always in fighting shape. He has to be to handle the 2.5 fights per episode. Yet, there it is right in front of us. And right in front of him. A potbelly. Not your five nights a week at Dunkin’ Donuts New York City Police Department potbelly. But a very comfortable, let’s not push back from the table just yet potbelly.

O.K., on Kirk it looks good. Of course on Kirk everything looks good. From the pointy sideburns to the uniform to the pointy-toed boots. But the potbelly is special. NO question about it, it belongs there. Apparently, in the twenty-third century people will be at ease with their bodies.

I get a little bit of a gay vibe from that (not that there’s anything wrong with being gay), but according to his Wikipedia entry, “In the book, he explains how he is able to date hot young women by using the lesson he learned from Captain Kirk,” and that sounds pretty hetero to me.

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September 26, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Women better than men in the bottom third of society

Comment from “SC”:

You underestimate how important it is that women are better than men in the bottom third of society.

An IQ 90, high C woman can still look after her own or someone else’s kids without killing them. An IQ 83, low C man is going to abuse or neglect those kids. An IQ 90, high C woman can still show up to her menial job every day, on time, for 20 years. An IQ 83, low C man might show up to work an hour late, drunk and high, and get into fights with his coworkers. To an employer she’s dependable and consistent. Furthermore, high A means she’s better at getting along with coworkers and customers.

Low IQ men have only one advantage over their female peers: physical strength. But with automation, men’s physical strength means less and less with each passing day. By 2100 we may find that men’s physical advantages mean almost nothing in daily life.

Then he adds:

… by age 20+ a lot of the low IQ boys have died from homicide, drugs, or drunk driving. Or they’re in prison and unable to be part of some IQ study.

SC assumes that women could have a 7-point IQ advantage over men at the bottom of society. I agree that women are smarter than men at the bottom of society, but I don’t know if it’s as high as 7 points (based on IQ having a standard deviation of 15 points). On the other hand, if the lowest-IQ males check out by being incarcerated or dead, then maybe we aren’t even measuring their IQs.

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August 31, 2019 at 5:28 PM

Women lack the urge to win

Commenter “toomanymice” writes in a comment:

My sister is something of a math whiz, but her career ambition was close to zero. I think lion is grossly underestimating the role female lack of competitiveness plays in these statistical differences. Even the ambitious women aren’t all that ambitious by male standards.

Wanting to be best, the drive to be high earning will have a snowball effect on all kinds of life choices. And conversely having little interest in either will have an anti-snowball effect.

I’m not denying men (at least at the top end) are smarter than women, just that the ambition disparity is a huge factor in life trajectory.

I don’t think I’m underestimating anything. Many times I’ve brought up what John Tierney wrote 14 years ago in the New York Times, that women lack the urge to win.

I’ve also repeatedly cited the boringness factor as the primary reason it’s so hard to find women coders. Even though higher male intelligence at the top-end would mean that the best coders would be men, there are a lot of women smart enough to code if they wanted to, but they don’t want to because they find it boring.

I don’t think that either of these things has anything to do with males outperforming females on the SAT. Girls do better in high school, even in math and science classes, so I would assume that they would also bring those same qualities to the SAT which everyone knows is very important, so I don’t believe that males are outperforming females on the SAT because they are studying harder for it.

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August 29, 2019 at 2:01 PM

Do females play D&D?

According to Wizards of the Coast, in 2017, 38% of D&D players were female. Of course you need to take what WotC says with a grain of salt, because they have a financial interest in presenting their player base as diverse and growing so that more people will want to buy their products.

However, there is lots of other evidence that female participation in D&D has been increasing. There has been a D&D renaissance with more people than ever playing. There are popular YouTube and Twitch series of people playing D&D. As something becomes perceived as less weird and more mainstream, more females will be willing to try it. (The female sex is turned off by the weird and the non-mainstream.)

Based on differences between what men and women look for in games, it’s logical that D&D would be more interesting to women than most other tabletop games. D&D is more verbal and cooperative, very much the opposite of chess which is a pure competition between two people with a winner and a loser, with no talking involved. It’s not surprising that chess players skew heavily male (allegedly 85% male, 15% female) despite chess being perceived as a non-weird mainstream game (as far as board games go).

On the other hand, women always played card games. Both of my grandmothers played cards. And there was a time when Mahjongg was very popular with old women, despite the rules being pretty complicated. Scrabble is also popular with women.

But like with all things, among those who go all-in, for example the kind of D&D players who have memorized all of the “core” rulebooks and every supplement, they are going to be predominantly male.

Because being a dungeon master requires being more all-in than merely being a player, I predict that the percent of female dungeon masters would be lower than the percent of female players.

Because D&D was perceived as weird and nerdy in times past, it also follows that older players will skew more male, while there will be higher rates of female participation among younger players who are unaware of how D&D was perceived in the 1980s.

I think it’s possible that in another twenty years, D&D could be perceived as more a game that women play than men! As a cooperative, non-competitive game that involves narrative and improvisational acting, it should theoretically appeal more to women than to men.

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Sid writes in a comment:

I’m a white man, and my hobbies have skewed towards the nerdy.

That said, the two times I played D&D were in college, and I was invited by a girl. There were at least two girls in the games I played.

The girls definitely weren’t queen bees. They were into the “geek chic” look. Over the last 15 years or so, there’s been a certain category of girl who get into geeky interests for whatever reason, and it seems like D&D is an area where they gravitate.

Too bad those girls didn’t exist when I was young.

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August 8, 2019 at 2:23 PM

Did Harvey Weinstein say this?

Harvey Weinstein may or may not have said:

You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lots of girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did, and still does, everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.

Sounds believable to me. Both that he said it, and that it might be true.

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July 24, 2019 at 9:59 PM

Posted in Males and Females

The “Pride Shake” at Shake Shack

When I was a kid in the 1970s, the worst thing you could say about someone is that they were a faggot. (Although apparently it’s still a bad thing to say because the word is banned.)

But today, at kid-friendly corporate venues like Shake Shack, we see the gay agenda being promoted in the form of a sugary drink especially appealing to children. I suppose that kids today want to be gay because it’s so much cooler than being straight. Straight is boring, and there’s no pride in being straight.

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June 18, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Posted in Males and Females

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