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If you, like me, received half a dozen emails from the Alumni Fund earlier this month, you are the target demographic for my latest column. The rest of you may enjoy it anyway:
The Pun Also Rises: The Alumni Fund

I think this is the last week of winter. Then it will be time for me to start going outside for regular walks again. If any of you want to join me occasionally, that'd be cool.

A discussion of academy awards on my boardgame chat list got me thinking -- there are separate awards for best actor and best actress, but it's not as if the honorees are doing different things. Someone said they were irritated by the separation, as if the separate awards were to say "You did pretty good... for your gender." But if the awards were merged into a single Best Actor award that included female actors, if the awards were dominated by a single gender, would that be better than the current system? I suppose one could have quotas to try to avoid that, but I'm not sure that's better than the current system either. I don't actually care about the academy awards, but as usual, I'm picking a specific irrelevant case in an attempt to derive general principles.

Date: 2015-03-18 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2h2o.livejournal.com
I had a similar conversation recently about Olympic sports and gender. Obviously testicle-havers and ovary-havers are likely to be mismatched in an event like weight lifting, but in shooting? Maybe not. And ovary-havers, it seems to me, are reasonable to be annoyed about competing against testicle-havers in events for which having testicles is an advantage, no matter how the testicle-havers identify for social purposes.

Unfortunately, Hollywood seems to be an event in which having testicles is an advantage.

Date: 2015-03-19 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] osirusbrisbane.livejournal.com
It is a tricky thing -- especially the bit about how people identify. I"ll admit I haven't done nearly so much thinking about transgender issues as one might, but my instinctive inclination is to agree that allowing Renee Richards to compete in the women's league may be unfair to other women -- yet that seems inconsistent with my instinctual dislike of this ridiculous bathroom legislation aimed at keeping transgender people out of their preferred bathrooms.

Your tagline (which, funny!) sadly makes a good point. But I'm not sure if separate but equal can magically work for the purposes of awards; I feel like as a general rule it tends to be sub-optimal elsewhere.

Date: 2015-03-19 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] the-star-fish.livejournal.com
There's a book in the Kid's room at work which is titled "Separate is Never Equal." Which is certainly true when it comes to race (the point of the book, afaik) but maybe not for Feats of Strength.

Which is to say, I don't know either, but I think it's problematic to equate bathroom-using with award-getting.

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