Occasional Notes: The Most Genderful Time of the Year
Among Christmas’s many other attributes, I think you could probably make the case that it is the most intense in its gender divisions. Only Valentine’s Day suggests itself more strongly, but Christmas is when we really do the hard work of imprinting gender on our kids. Consider:
Girls’ Toys for Boys. Overheard in Toys R Us: “I wish they made Polly Pockets for boys. That way it would be okay for [boy’s name] to play with them.”
I wish I could tell [boy’s name]… it is okay. Really.
Boys’ Toys for Girls. Here’s our gift-giving philosophy for Alice. She’s only one, so for now she’s getting Play-Doh, which — mercifully — can’t be hooked up to the Internet. (Not like we haven’t tried the girly toys. She loves stuffed animals but so far seems indifferent to dolls.)
Gender Comedy from the Comics Curmudgeon. Or, sorta anyway.
Barney Frank Is Still Awesome, despite it all. (Video embed not working. See here.)
Of Course. “A woman, of course, is destined by God to be a good wife and mother and serve her shepherd, not be an Air Force pilot and serve her country.”
Congratulations to Me! My article Law, Legislation, and Local Minima: Solving a Problem in Hayek’s Theory of Common Law Judging, with Historical Examples is now online. It will shortly be published on paper — how quaint — in the Review of Austrian Economics. Otherwise, it’s $34. Gender tie-in? It’s about marriage and coverture in the nineteenth century. From an Austrian law and economics perspective.
And Finally a restroom that confuses even professional sex columnist Dan Savage.