Guys want lots of action and instant gratification. That's why guys like blogging – instant opinions, and lots of them.
Men clearly have an urge to blog that women lack. Not many women are interested enough in spitting out an opinion on current events every 20 minutes.
“Do you think men are more opinionated than women are?” I asked my friend Sarah. “No,” she said. “They just don't feel the need to think before they open their mouths.”
The urge to blog is closely related to the sex-linked compulsion known as male answer syndrome. MAS is the reason why guys shoot up their hands first in math class. MAS also explains why men are so quick to have opinions on subjects they know little or nothing about.
Do you ever wonder why the talk shows and opinion pages are still dominated by male voices? That's why.
Opinionizing in public is a form of mental jousting, where the aim is to out-reason, out-argue or out-yell your opponent. Women are just as good at this but are not as interested in doing it.
Annie Urban: "I certainly don't think women are lacking in opinions or in a willingness to share them. I have been opinionated all of my life and have been sharing that opinion with the world on my blog for two years."
Tamara Plant blasted Ms. Wente's assertion that women are too demure to blog: "Nine times out of 10 I don't think before I talk. It's called having an attitude and I'm OK with it."
For most of my adult life, I was almost struck dumb in the presence of strangers. I managed to complete five years of university without raising my hand, and the idea of a dinner party used to make me faint.
Several of my female friends tell similar stories. No matter how brilliant they were, they lacked the confidence to express themselves in public.
Fortunately, something happens to women in midlife that disinhibits them. It is the same thing (in reverse) that turns bold, extroverted little girls into painfully self-conscious adolescents: a drastic change in hormones.
These days, I no longer care when someone calls me an idiot, and my husband often has to drag me home from dinner parties.
I have had the experience of working in two or three environments in which the vast majority of employees were women, including management. In each case, the atmosphere became poisonous with the all the behind-the-back whispering, back-stabbing and general character assassination. The workplace was dysfunctional and remained so until the gender balance was righted.
I would never tell my children (or anyone) to keep a secret. Secrets are not safe and healthy.
I, like many parents, have taught my children that some things are private matters, and when you share them, do so honestly with sensitivity and consideration.
If I had to convince my children not to share Storm's sex (which I don't because my children simply are not interested at this point) — I would teach them that someone else's genitals and sense of how they relate to their gender is their private business, to be shared by them or in a context where safety and acceptance are paramount.
These Afghan "militants" really drive home the meaning of sexism and the wonders of traditional society.
In Afghanistan, where women are commonly subjected to abuse by husbands, fathers and husbands, Kakar was a cultural trailblazer, holding men to account and pressing charges.
Females fleeing cruelty frequently took refuge in the women's wardroom at the Kandahar police station and Kakar – along with her squad of 10 lady officers – protected them. "Our constitution is supposed to protect women's rights too," she argued.