First, in Bad Science news…a Japanese study on the links between breakfast consumption and age of first intercourse. (I refuse to say “loss of virginity.” REFUSE.) If you ate breakfast, but feel like losing your lunch, read this story, called “Eat Your Toast or Lose Your Virginity.” A survey of young people led “scientists” to conclude that eating breakfast correlates to later age of first intercourse though the magic of “family stability.” ‘Cause only kids who have “unstable” families–whatever the fuck that means–have sex. And sex is really just a form of “acting out,” according to researcher Kunio Kitamura:
“Those unhappy with their parents – such as for not preparing breakfast – may tend to find a way to release their frustration by having sex.”
This is such an enormous steaming pile of wrong, it’s hard to know how to respond. So, rather than granting it the compliment of rational opposition, say it with me, people: correlation is not causation. Regardless, I’ll be waiting for the spun-out, FOXNews version: “Working Moms Make Teens Promiscuous!”
But there is some Good Science news to temper the bad. From Science Daily (which can go either way) comes a story about a new study from a communications scholar at UC-Davis that indicates that although women are typically thought of as less self-assured in their communications than are men, the differences between the communication styles of the sexes depend largely on their context.
While this seems like a big “durrrrrrrrrrr!” to me, I was pleased to read it, anyway. Professor Nick Palomares says:
“I found that women are more tentative than men sometimes, and men are more tentative than women sometimes,” Palomares said. “It depends on the topic and whether you’re communicating with someone of the same gender. Gender differences in language are not innate; they’re fickle.”
Probably because they haven’t had breakfast.