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February 2023

"All the Single Ladies"

Supply and demand wins again:

When there is a surplus of men, men are more likely to adapt to women’s preferences. When there is a larger male-to-female ratio, men are more likely to compete with each other to be what women want. And, on average, women tend to prefer longer-term relationships. In general, women report a greater desire for emotional investment than men. This is true across cultures. In fact, the sex disparity in this preference for emotional investment is greater in more egalitarian cultures. In other words, the difference in the desire for love and emotional investment between men and women is larger in societies that more strongly underscore egalitarianism and sociopolitical equality. In contrast, men, on average, are more likely to prefer more casual sexual relationships. Interestingly, the sex difference in the male preference for casual sex and sexual variety is more pronounced in more gender-egalitarian societies. For example, research led by the psychologist David Schmitt found that the sex difference for enjoyment of casual sex in Denmark, Norway, and Finland is larger than in less gender-egalitarian cultures such as Ethiopia, Colombia, and Swaziland. . . . 

On the other hand, when there is a surplus of women relative to men, women are more likely to adapt to men’s preferences. They compete with one another to be what men want. And this is what we see on campuses with more female students relative to male students. On colleges with more women than men, such as Sarah Lawrence, casual sex is more widespread. Hookup culture is more prevalent, and men are less interested in entering committed relationships. Women are more willing to do what men want in order to be with them.

"Ending the Stranglehold of Public Employee Unions"

Something devoutly to be wished.

Howard ably distills the issues into a five-point indictment. He argues that public employee unions have:

  1. Severed the links of accountability;
  2. Rendered government substantially unmanageable with detailed rules and veto powers;
  3. Made government unaffordable with opaque benefit packages and compensation manipulations;
  4. Changed public policies to the harm of the public good; and,
  5. Entrenched these abuses, and made reform practically impossible, through organized political power.

UPDATE: link fixed. Thanks, Albert.