10 surprising facts from DSpar’s book
In her new book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection,” Barnard president Debora Spar takes on the question of “having it all.” But in the process, she clues her readers into some strange (and often disturbing) facts about the women and the workforce. Here are just a few—paired with the comedic stylings of another great feminist, Tina Fey.
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2. The Barbie doll is based on Lilli, a German doll sold primarily to men. When redeveloping Lilli for children, Mattel removed her nipples and pouty lips.
3. What was Queen Victoria’s advice to her daughter on her wedding night? “Lie back and think of England.”
4. In a survey of college students, “experienced participants” had on average 10.28 hookups during their college years, with no statistical difference between men and women.
5. According to the Center for Disease Control, 32 percent of normal-weight women described themselves as overweight, as compared to only 7 percent of normal-weight men.
6. Australian aborigines traditionally marry off their daughters according to geography, so that a wandering family member will be able to call on her when traveling long distances in the harsh climate.
7. Single women suffer mortality rates 50 percent higher than those of married women. For single men, the difference is 250 percent.
8. For centuries in Europe, scientists believed that men delivered a tiny, fully formed human each time that they ejaculated.
9. Women in the United States are statistically less happy today than they were in the 70s.
10. According to a British study, recently separated wives saw a decline in their incomes of 22 percent, while separated husbands experienced a rise of 13 percent.
For the actual context behind these factoids, go find DSpar’s book at any major bookstore, and check out Spectator’s review of the book here.
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