23 Jun 2011

Post From Valley Forge and an Article

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Well I’ve been here at Porc Fest for almost a full 24 hours and it’s going pretty well. I think I will try to write up something more formal after I get back home, to summarize my experience and the status of the “Free State Project.” For right now, let me just say it’s not as out-in-the-wilderness as I thought it might be. I actually brought protein shakes in case we’d be eating bark by Saturday, but there are lots of food options.

In the meantime, here’s my article on Walmart and discrimination. An excerpt:

Last example: If we went to all the Outback restaurants around the country, and rounded up (a) the women who were assigned to be hostesses, greeting people at the door and (b) the women who were assigned to be dishwashers, would we notice any patterns in their physical appearance? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the first group would be a lot more attractive, as conventionally defined.

So is this yet another case of rampant and outrageous bias on the part of business owners? Why aren’t Americans up in arms over this discriminatory policy? In fact, what’s the story with all the beautiful movie stars?

The reason most Americans are perfectly happy with these latter examples of discrimination is that it’s what they want. Most Americans don’t have a particular preference for having a man versus a woman ring up their groceries at Walmart, and so they take claims of sexual discrimination seriously. But Americans on net do have a preference to be greeted at the door of a restaurant by a young, pretty woman, and that’s why restaurants cater to that preference. This also explains why movie producers are willing to pay millions of dollars to gorgeous stars, even though less attractive thespians could give “the same” performance for much less money.

One Response to “Post From Valley Forge and an Article”

  1. Louis B. says:

    Protein shakes? Is that part of training for the Krugman fight?