I t was just a coincidence, but perhaps an apt one, that the latest episode of Girls screened a few days after the ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler published a blogpost detailing the sexual harassment and sexism that she experienced in her career at the company. Propositioned for sex by her manager on her very first day, Fowler reported the issue to human resources. In the episode American Bitch, Girls examines this phenomenon in a different milieu — book publishing , instead of tech — but engages with the broader issue of how success affects the way in which some men take license to behave with women whom they encounter in professional contexts. Their encounter is less about Chuck defending his sexual ethics as much as it is about him persuading Hannah that he is, after all, a nice guy. In my 20s, it happened to me when I was working at a college student in a restaurant — hugs and back rubs from my manager escalated to sexual assault — and it happened to me when I was a little older, trying to make my way in journalism. When the encounter culminates in Chuck unzipping his pants and offering Hannah his penis, some might find her behavior, and subsequent shock, naive. American Bitch shows why not: if women live our lives believing and anticipating that men are only interested in us for one thing, then the gendered nature of power means that we are vastly limiting our opportunities. Topics Girls.
From Genius to Madness
What punctured this rose-tinted illusion of mine was the knowledge that these diminutive figures giggling and sitting Indian-style on the carpet before me might also be viewed as incubating adolescents. In fact, over the past few decades, scholars from a variety of disciplines—including developmental psychology , evolutionary biology and cultural anthropology —have noted a striking difference in the standard patterns of aggression between reproductive-aged males and females. While teenage boys and young male adults are more prone to engage in direct aggression, which includes physical acts of violence such as hitting, punching and kicking, females, in comparison, exhibit pronounced social aggression, which includes such obnoxious things as mentioned in the various acts of bitchery listed above. A prototypical example of an act of teenage social aggression is given by University of Flinders psychologists Rosalyn Shute , Laurence Owens and Phillip Slee in a article published in the International Journal of Adolescence and Youth :. Jo is a fifteen-year-old girl. She is average at her high school work and she is involved in school tennis in summer and netball in winter. In the past, she was well accepted, having a close group of friends and getting along well with most of her peers. After a day off with illness, she returns to school to find that things have changed. She walks over to her usual group but when she tries to talk to any of them, their responses are abrupt and unfriendly.
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There are still moments when I wake up sweating imagining I am being confronted by my schooldays Nemesis: a tiny year-old Scouse schoolgirl. The mistake however is that the researchers thought the decline in bitchiness came post-menopause, when they should have set the benchmark as post-puberty. There is nothing as feral as a teenage girl with a victim in her sights; no anti-ageing wonder treatment that I would take, if it catapulted me back to the years between 13 and You may have found the denouement of Lord of the Flies terrifying; just be grateful that Golding did not come up with the idea of making Ralph, Piggy, Jack et al female; there would have been mass carnage the first time the conch was picked up by someone the class queen bee disliked. You wish, boys. Women become less bitchy as they get older Aniston says Jolie acted 'uncool' over marriage break-up. The researchers asked women to look at pictures of females and then rate them. Women over 40 were more likely to agree that good-looking women were attractive; women under 40 were more likely to say they disliked them. But I think the researchers may have been misunderstanding their reactions.