A link I buried in the comments got such a strong reaction so quickly that I thought it best to move it up into a fresh post.
The following is a (2009) poll of about 900 Americans, as to whether or not women should take men’s surnames for their own/ new last names, after they enter into marriage:
70% say brides should take husband’s last name
A 95 year old woman had to remove her adult diaper during TSA pat down.
Given that the decision to demand that a 95 year-old mortally ill woman remove her diaper before she can pass security check looks like a really bad decision, where does the fault reside? E.g., in the fact that there wasn’t any presumption about what is reasonable? Or maybe the fault lay in the assumption that a lump in a depends diaper is suspicious? Or perhaps TSA agents need a course in critical reasoning? Or all of the above and more?
What do you think?
According to the results of this recent Gallup poll, if Americans could have only one child 40% would prefer that the child be a boy, compared to only 28% who would that it be a girl. This level of preference for boys over girls is, dishearteningly, the same level of preference Americans reported in 1941.
There’s been a lot of discussion about preference for male children is some Asian countries, and the potential gender imbalance that China’s “one child policy” could create as a result. There’s also been a predictable amount of scrambling around to explain the displayed preference for male children in Asian countries by some deep East-West divide, or some ingrained sexism in Chinese culture.
The results of polls like this one call those explanations into question. Differences between Asian and American culture aside, people just tend to prefer boys.