by Francesca Polletta
Researchers have shown that women are usually penalized for displaying anger on the job. Women are expected to be friendly, sympathetic, and deferential in dealing with customers, employers, and co-workers. They are expected to withstand other people’s anger, not dish it out themselves.
But the research I conducted with Zaibu Tufail suggested that there may be an exception to that rule. A stereotype of women as emotionally changeable may allow them to display anger if they precede and follow it with displays of positive emotions like sympathy or friendliness. Women can use anger instrumentally and effectively that way. The rub is that the skill is likely to be seen as natural to women, and indeed, as not much of a skill at all. Continue reading
By Philip Cohen. Originally posted at Family Inequality (here). The piece is cross-posted with permission.
Please don’t give (or take) stupid advice from analyses like this.
Since yesterday, Nick Wolfinger and Brad Wilcox have gotten their marriage age analysis into the Washington Post Wonkblog (“The best age to get married if you don’t want to get divorced”) and Slate (“The Goldilocks Theory of Marriage”). The marriage-promotion point of this is: don’t delay marriage. The credulous blogosphere can’t resist the clickbait, but the basis for this is very weak.
Yesterday I complained about Wolfinger pumping up the figure he first posted (left) into the one on the right:
Today I spent a few minutes analyzing the American Community Survey (ACS) to check this out. Wolfinger has not shared his code, data, models, or tables, so it’s hard to know what he really did. However, he lists a number of variables he says he controlled for using the National Survey of Family Growth: “sex, race, family structure of origin, age at the time of the survey, education, religious tradition, religious attendance, and sexual history, as well as the size of the metropolitan area.”
Balancing work with new parenthood is hard, anyone will tell you that. Many couples that were previously dual-earner couples handle the increase in time and energy that a new baby requires by shifting their labor strategies, with most men ramping up and most women ramping down their career involvement. Sociological research that aims to understand why this trend persists, despite women’s significant advances in education and the labor market, have looked at couples with new babies and asked why they made the decisions they made. Continue reading
By Lisa Wade, PhD. Originally posted by Sociological Images (here).
For every man that earns a college degree, nearly two women will. Women have been outperforming men in college since they started attending in the 1920s, but thanks to widening opportunities, an economy that draws women in the workforce, and simple female ambition, women now outnumber men, too. Continue reading
By Nitya Rao
Within development policy and practice, women’s agency has been equated with the ability to make decisions, with freedom of movement and access to resources. It is rarely seen as including the more subtle processes of bargaining, negotiating and resisting, or the more intangible, cognitive processes of reflection and analysis. Agency is framed in terms of positive action rather than patience or endurance, as reflected in the image of an ‘assertive, modern woman’, who speaks rather than remains silent, who goes out and works rather than stays at home with the children, who is schooled rather than not literate, and so on. Continue reading