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From OkCupid
Antifeminists regularly charge feminists like me with assuming men and women are the same. Which is a bit silly. I don’t know any feminist who assumes men and women are the same, whether the differences are due to biology (I can’t grow a baby in my belly) or culture (women are far more likely to while away their evenings reading or writing fanfic about Sam and Dean). I think the confusion amongst the antifeminists on this point stems from the fact that the specific things they think are different between men and women are often nothing more than sexist nonsense, and feminists can’t help but point this out.
No, if you want to see the ways men and women really are different, it helps to start with actual data rather than a bunch of retrograde sexist assumptions you pull out of your ass. The folks behind the OkCupid dating site have lots of data – users of the site fill out detailed profiles and answer countless questions about themselves in order to find others like them – and they know how to crunch it. Which means they can tell you with a great deal of precision what the men and women who use their site think about all sorts of things. Which is why OkCupid’s blog is so often a source of wonderment.
Take the latest post – thanks to Feministe for alerting me to it – which presents an assortment of creative charts — like the one above, depicting some of the actual differences between men and women on the site.
Who knew that men who mention “poetry” in their profiles were more likely to be into rough sex than dudes who talk about “boating?”
And what about guys who are into both poetry and boating? There must be some. I mean, many of my favorite poems involve Nantucket, a small island reachable only by boat.
Most of the rest of the charts in the latest post don’t specifically contrast men and women, but are interesting in all sorts of other ways. (You may have to change some of your assumptions about vegetarians.) If you want more on gender differences (not to mention intersting stuff on race), I’d suggest looking back through the OkCupid blog’s back catalogue. Here’s an interesting post on The Mathematics of Beauty. And then there’s this classic, which is probably a big part of why the fortysomething women I know who’ve used the site have gotten so, so many messages from horny guys half their age.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I love the OkCupid blog
And so, I think, will you

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francoistremblay
11 years ago

>"it's… silly to dismiss OkCupid's data entirely"It is as reasonable to dismiss OKCupid's statistical variations as it is to dismiss the statistical variations used by the physiognomy to determine the "facial features of criminals." "If you're a guy looking for a gal with whom to have rough sex, you're probably going to do better concentrating on women who talk about their piercings rather than on how "old-fashioned" they are."What? You're diverting the topic. Neither of us said anything about the rough sex/gentle sex aspect until now. The correlation between rough sex and certain interests was not the topic of discussion, but the fact that you concluded that it "proved" differences between men and women.

David Futrelle
11 years ago

>Huh? Where did I say anything about "proving" anything? Again, there ARE differences between men and women. A few of those are biological; most are cultural. Do you disagree with that? Also, the ways that people choose to define themselves on a dating site DOES actually suggest things about their personalities. That, after all, is why they post descriptions of themselves on dating sites – to tell people what they are like. These aren't just random words. In other words, it's NOT the same as trying to find correlations between head shape and criminality.

francoistremblay
11 years ago

>No… I didn't say the words were written "randomly." But people have a wide variety of interests. What I am saying is that taking these statistical variances and making a case of them is fallacious, hence my physiognomy analogy.

Elizabeth
11 years ago

>Francois-physiognomy is making a comeback.Plus, this last post of yours makes no sense-Okcupid is not saying there are not infinite differences among humans, it is saying that within the group of people who have posted on their site and answering their endless questions, these differences show up in the sexes and the type of actual sex they like.

francoistremblay
11 years ago

>"physiognomy is making a comeback."Wow. Welcome to the 19th century everyone!Yea, I get that OKCupid was talking about the kind of sex people like. But David was using this in his own entry to talk about men and women. "Take the latest post – thanks to Feministe for alerting me to it – which presents an assortment of creative charts — like the one above, depicting some of the actual differences between men and women on the site.""Most of the rest of the charts in the latest post don't specifically contrast men and women"Sorry if I misinterpreted, but to me it sounded like David was saying that the chart proved the genderist position, which is why I piped up.

Elizabeth
11 years ago

>Look at the differences between the rough sex males and females. Not only do they like different things, they place different values on the stuff they do commonly like. This could be random chance or more likely that men and women are different within the general commonalities they share as being humans.

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