We are undergoing Olympic-scale change in society, and we’re not just looking at you, Bruce Jenner.
This goes all the way to our use of the English language and bathroom designation—two deeply tradition-bound institutions. To wit: The University of Vermont’s announcement that it was officially recognizing “neutral” as a third gender options for its students, thus adopting a new pronoun. And Princeton’s newspaper demands more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
According to recent research, there’s a winning formula for getting things done in a group setting. Boil it all down to three factors: Have all members contribute to the discussion equally, be able to read others well, and have more women than men involved. Let’s see, Congress is… maybe one for three there. Maybe. Which certainly explains a fair amount of the gridlock.
Considering the attributes listed in that piece, it’s all the more astonishing—and ludicrous, and inexplicable—that so few women are included in Middle East policy debates. Israel-Palestine? Like women are going to do any worse?
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