Nik's Stuff

Occasional ramblings, introducing Smokes (the man in my life)

Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

oxfamgb:

Here’s a story to put a smile on your face. Little Noah Fogg, just SIX years old, has just completed an amazing 2.5 km run to raise money for Oxfam because, in his words, he ‘wants to help people in different countries who have nowhere to live and no clothes to wear’.  Not only did Noah complete the run, he went even further and actually ran a mighty 3.2 km in total, raising a massive £1,268 and smashing his original target of £200 for our lifesaving work. Share this if you think Noah is a real-life superhero!

oxfamgb:

Here’s a story to put a smile on your face. Little Noah Fogg, just SIX years old, has just completed an amazing 2.5 km run to raise money for Oxfam because, in his words, he ‘wants to help people in different countries who have nowhere to live and no clothes to wear’.

Not only did Noah complete the run, he went even further and actually ran a mighty 3.2 km in total, raising a massive £1,268 and smashing his original target of £200 for our lifesaving work.

Share this if you think Noah is a real-life superhero!

operationfailure:

My friend Maggie, at the young age of 34, just found out she has a twin, and now it’s up to all of us to help her find them!
I love a mystery!
Please share this photo!

operationfailure:

My friend Maggie, at the young age of 34, just found out she has a twin, and now it’s up to all of us to help her find them!

I love a mystery!

Please share this photo!

(via yamyamalex)

oxfamgb:


You might think finding drinking water wouldn’t be difficult during a flood, but the opposite can be true, with sources contaminated with dirty flood water.
That’s why, in Bangladesh, we installed wells high above the flood level, so people have clean safe drinking water, even when extreme weather strikes.
Preparing for disaster – sometimes the simplest things can make a massive difference.

oxfamgb:

You might think finding drinking water wouldn’t be difficult during a flood, but the opposite can be true, with sources contaminated with dirty flood water.

That’s why, in Bangladesh, we installed wells high above the flood level, so people have clean safe drinking water, even when extreme weather strikes.

Preparing for disaster – sometimes the simplest things can make a massive difference.

mamrie:

Da fuq is this Gap? ‘Dress like no one is watching’? How is me rocking only Victoria Secret briefs circa 2010 and covered in Sweet Chili Doritos crumbs gonna help you sell khakis?
Dress like no one is watching. Pfffffffft. Don’t come for me. 

mamrie:

Da fuq is this Gap? ‘Dress like no one is watching’? How is me rocking only Victoria Secret briefs circa 2010 and covered in Sweet Chili Doritos crumbs gonna help you sell khakis?

Dress like no one is watching. Pfffffffft. Don’t come for me.