Now we can add The Pill’s effects on the memory to wage gap considerations

September 13, 2011

...so long as we remember what we are supposed to do.

Research findings reported at Netdoctor further help to explain the gender wage gap.

The study shows that women who take The Pill may experience changes to their memory and to the ways that they remember.

According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), hormonal contraception may improve women’s ability to remember the gist of emotional events, but could also hinder their ability to retain details.

The study looked at a group of women, some of whom were on the Pill while others were not.

Alf won’t go into the nature of the tests – you can check that out at Netdoc.

But they showed the use of hormonal contraception alters memory.

It’s a change in the type of information the women remember, not a deficit.

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New research is revealing about female motorists – but who is going to say so?

July 10, 2011

For personal safety reasons, Alf gave serious thought to suppressing the news in this post.

With the Alasdair Thompson furore fresh in his mind, he knows only too well what can happen to a bloke who tells it like it is or as they see it.

Mrs Grumble reminded Alf about discretion being the better part of valor, too.

But dammit, some things have to be said.

In Britain, the Daily Mail has been emboldened to say it, and this blog is going to do the same by drawing attention to the Mail’s report.

The Daily Mail headline says it in a nutshell: Women drivers ARE more dangerous behind the wheel, scientists discover

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The harpies get their trophy but who, if anyone, has got the facts about the cause of the gender gap?

July 7, 2011

Who's next?

The harpies have triumphed.

More dismaying, those of them who would be outraged if a worker was dismissed for what he or she said – no matter how provocative the remarks – are crowing about the sacking of Employers and Manufacturers’ Association (Northern) chief executive Alasdair Thompson.

Their unseemly baying for blood reminds Alf of the hags who cackled their approval as the guillotine blade fell in the days of the French Revolution.

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Two professors offer statistical succour for Alasdair Thompson but Dr Judy remains sceptical

July 2, 2011

Alf will be making another pitch to his Cabinet colleagues to save good public money by dispensing of the services of a few more civil servants.

The jobs he has in mind are those at the Human Rights Commission and, more partiuclarly, the job of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.

This post with a grand title is held by one Judy McGregor, a former newspaper hack who somewhere down the track became a professor.

On the Human Rights Commission website she is introduced as Dr Judy McGregor, PhD, PGDip, LLB, BA, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner; she is jointly designated as the Disability Rights Commissioner.

She is a former Massey University professor, trained lawyer and has a doctorate in political communication.

This implies she takes a very scholastic approach to issues within her domain.

But is she dispassionate and open-minded?

Today we find she is casting doubts on some research done by two other professors, although she seems to be unaware of their work and has not yet read it.

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Ahoy there, ladies – got a place on board for a bloke who has been hounded by the harpies?

June 28, 2011

A good place for studying productivity and gender disparities.

Mrs Grumble has some great advice for the beleaguered Alasdair Thompson, who looks likely soon to have nothing much to do except think about how to say things without inviting the wrath of the nation’s harpies.

He should take a cruise.

Not just any cruise.

He should take a cruise on the Pacific Pearl.

The ship has a sheila at the helm – or rather, a sheila as skipper who will order whoever is at the helm which way to turn.

Does this make her the ship’s master – or its mistress?

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Alasdair may well be gone by lunch time – but on what date will the axe fall?

June 27, 2011

Oops, sorry - we thought it was him.

Alasdair Thompson, chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern), has lived to fight another day.

An emergency board meeting to discuss his future today has been cancelled.

Not postponed. Cancelled.

This explains why Thompson – so far as we know – was not gone by lunch time.

But it looks unlikely he can hold on for long. The baying for blood is coming from a pack of formidable proportions.

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