Even the word “norm” is a man’s name.

/Even the word “norm” is a man’s name.

What struck me about the article was the way it framed its topic. “Women get cold more easily,” it tells us. It could just have well said “Men overheat more easily.” A small linguistic difference — but not an insignificant one. Saying that women get cold more easily defines the male average as the norm, and women as deficient in their ability to warm themselves. Phrasing it the other way around defines the female average as the norm, and men as deficient in their ability to cool themselves.

Marie Brennan on definitions.

Also see: women’s clothes (particularly professional clothes) are flimsy and bullshit so of course women are freezing to death in the office while all their male colleagues stomp around in slacks and two sets of long sleeves.

2018-02-08T08:11:29+00:0027th February, 2016|Tags: culture|
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  1. latenightliar 27th February, 2016 at 11:55 am

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