Two Articles of Interest

Two articles came out this week that I thought were pretty interesting. The New York Times’ article, “Poor Behavior is Linked to Time in Day Care” sparks anger, guilt (note the title: “Am I Hurting My Child With Day Care?”), analysis, and snark. The original article “found that keeping a preschooler in a day care center for a year or more increased the likelihood that the child would become disruptive in class — and that the effect persisted through the sixth grade.” However, I think this is what is called burying the lede: despite its dramatic title, it continues with “The effect was slight, and well within the normal range for healthy children, the researchers found. And as expected, parents’ guidance and their genes had by far the strongest influence on how children behaved.” My only editorial comment, other than to encourage readers to check out some of the comments on blogs covering this, is that at least the Times had the sense to put this in the National section, rather than the Style section. Meanwhile, at the Wall Street Journal, women-only networking events were covered in “High Power and High Heels” (available with subscription). Pros and cons are covered in the comments in the WSJ’s Law Blog’s post on this. Needless to say, there was a lot in the comments in the vein of Anonymous 12:34, who said, “Except they don’t really welcome male participation and membership and they just say that so people won’t complain. The idea that these events marginalize women is a crock. These events are exclusionary and the exclusion is often premised on negative stereotypes about men.” (My favorite by Females are exempt, didn't you know?: “Listen up folks. Everybody knows that women are exempt from the law in the U.S. Really. One need not look too far to see that both criminal and civil statutes are only applied to females in the U.S. on an “exception” basis.”) Three cheers to those who pushed back, including the sage Samantha T, who remarked, “Wow. I must work at a weird law firm where the female support staff outnumbers the female partnership (literally) about 20 to 1 and where male associates get tapped for high-profile work and female associates get saddled with planning pro bono receptions and other housekeeping duties. “And some men wonder, “With all the equality women have achieved, why do they continue to have these separate events?” And I wonder “what equality are you talking about?”

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