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Climate has gender (?)
September 16, 2010 - 9:00pm

I'm not sure about what the implications of this might be, but somehow I expect there will be some.

According to a paper in Population and Environment, American women are more concerned about climate change than American men. Possible explanations include differing traditional gender values -- nurturing and family as opposed to mastery and independence -- but I'm not sure there isn't more than that going on.

Ecological sustainability -- indeed, sustainability on any level -- is characteristic not of any specific component or function, but of systems as a whole. Over the years, I've worked with a lot of systems analysts and (with the explicit exception of heavy-duty number-crunching) on the whole, female analysts have done better work for me than males have. They dig deeper. They focus more on people, and values, and likely responses/reactions to change. I'm not comfortable with the term "intuition", but I am comfortable with the idea that there likely are gender-influenced patterns in the priorities we put on various sensory inputs.

But I'm probably over-thinking this.


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