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  •  About fucking time. (10+ / 0-)

    I know so many women who are way more bad ass than me. Also their empathy quotient is higher (slightly) so they are a better fit for it if you ask me.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:03:28 PM PST

    •  Higher empathy, and pain tolerance (on average) (5+ / 0-)

      Different studies of different kinds of pain give different answers. It's all averages of course, but women seem to tolerate pain better (enduring and functioning during painful stimulus), a difference which seems like it must be inborn. Women have been birthing big-headed babies before

      Women also seem, on average, to show more empathy. In fact, the difference seems to include other forms of emotional intelligence. Whether there's a cultural or genetic basis, emotional intelligence seems like a crucial skill for finding allies and evaluating threats in counter-insurgency situations. Their record seems to agree:

      Particularly in situations where there are no front lines, women have found themselves in combat even when they weren't assigned to combat units ... by all accounts, they acquitted themselves well when the shooting started.
      Whatever myths and traditions we've gotten used to, we have to accept this argument, that it's a modern workplace and it has to hire like one:
      Lolita C. Baldor reports ...
      ... Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
      This can't be encouraging news to those who just found out that, up to this point, they've only been fighting half of us.

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:49:45 PM PST

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