Help Women - Pick Up a Spear; GADFLY
TO the Royal Economic Society a few days back, where Gadfly is intrigued by a lecture from Professor Paul Seabright, racily entitled, 'The biology and economics of the sex war'.
It seems the Prof, at Toulouse University, believes womenfolk, 'until quite recently in our evolutionary history had a lot of choice over their mates and comparative freedom in their social and personal lives'.
Prof, old chap - what went wrong?
'That choice has been progressively eroded since we stopped being huntergatherers and settled down to farming'. Paul, you are so right - Mrs Gadfly has complained endlessly since we kissed off the hunter-gathering racket.
Why is this so? Well, it seems the answer lies in 'our ability to cooperate', which, contrary to what you might think, 'has been honed by our activities of hunting and making war.
These are overwhelmingly masculine activities'. Uh-huh.
But help is at hand: 'The information economy needs women who cooperate with men out of motivation rather than compulsion'. Absolutely. But can these leopards change their spots?
According to the Prof: 'Females are defined in nature as the sex whose eggs are scarce relative to the abundant sperm of the males. The result is intense competition among males.
They compete to be "first in the queue" to mate with females, who have little choice in the matter'.
Really? What exciting lives these economists seem to lead.
Correction: there is no good news
GADFLY published what we thought was a goodnews items last month.
Thanks, we said, to a Bill being promoted by backbench Labour MP Brian Iddon, the 1,700 registration officers in England and Wales - those who mark our births, marriages and deaths - would cease to exist in employment-law limbo and become, instead, properly recognised Town Hall employees. However, it seems, according to one registrar, that jobs are more, not less, at risk as a result of the Iddon measure, which is about 'staff cutting, cost savings and taking control away from registrars'.
Furthermore, the move poses issues regarding 'security of information, the integrity of the service, information which the Government will be able to glean from registrations and much more'. Ooh-er.
Say it with soya . . .
DESPITE having had a chum or two in the diamond trade, Gadfly finds gemstone advertising just a touch irritating. You know the sort of thing - 'show her how much you love her' (by giving us a lot of money).
But that was before a communication from American asset manager Dynasty …
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