How single men and women are making politics more extreme

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In the late 20th century a similar thing happened with a number of products on the market, among them children’s toys. When Lego first came out, your options were basically a Lego set or a slightly different Lego set; even when I was very young in the 1980s the spaceman was about as complex as it got. But today you have a vast range of options, including Star Wars Lego, Batman Lego, princesses, knights, aliens, and everything under the sun. And the more diverse these toys get, the more gendered they become, because toy-sellers are able to target more specific demographics, sex along with age being one of the most effective categorizations.

Likewise with grown-ups. As we become freer, and our lives more complex, most people tend to become less gender fluid, not more: So the more liberal a country, the greater the difference between the sexes in their choice of professions, while more gender liberal countries also have larger sex differences in math scores.

The more freedom we have, the more there will be very feminine and masculine subcultures too, and this might explain a great deal of recent political developments — in particular the campus identity politics movement and the alt-right. The former is heavily female, while the latter is overwhelmingly male — in fact, not just male, but populated by men who seem to have difficulties with women.

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  1. “in particular the campus identity politics movement and the alt-right. The former is heavily female, while the latter is overwhelmingly male — in fact, not just male, but populated by men who seem to have difficulties with women.”

    – Alt-right is identity politics
    – I wonder if the left wing identity politics is populated by men who have more difficulties with women?

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