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The Sexes: UK's Gender Pay Gap; Your T-Level; Dating Ted Cruz + More

Vivia Chen

October 17, 2013


It's time for another fun edition of news you shouldn't miss. This week, we're covering my favorite topic: the sexes:

1. Ladies, be glad you're American! Think female lawyers have it rough in the U.S.? It could be worse. The Lawyer reports on the gender pay gap in the United Kingdom:

Female lawyers receive just 68 percent of male lawyers’ total remuneration, while the average bonus given to a woman equals just half that of men’s bonuses, research by recruiter Laurence Simons has revealed.

According to the ABA, U.S. female lawyers overall make 86.6 percent of what male lawyers earn. So aren't you proud to be a female lawyer in America where the pay gap is so much more progressive? (The Lawyer)

2.  Gentlemen, are you worried about your testosterone level? Well, there's an easy way to give it a boost. Reports the Harvard Business Review blog:

Among male participants in a competition experiment, those who chose to represent themselves with red trapezoidal symbols on a scoreboard proved to have blood-testosterone levels that were about 10 percent higher than those who chose blue trapezoidal symbols, says a team led by Daniel Farrelly of the University of Sunderland in the UK.

So, men, just go with the color red—red ties, red underwear, and—of course—Redwells! Why spend money on those testosterone patches? (Harvard Business Review blog)

3. How to find your very own Ted Cruz (or Paul Ryan—remember him?). Dating can be such a drag when you're trying to climb the corporate ladder. It's even harder if you're looking for someone who shares your passion for Ayn Rand—like those heartbreakers Cruz and Ryan (do they have the dreamiest eyes, or what?) who tirelessly preach the gospel of Rand's objectivism (remember, Cruz read sections from Rand's Atlas Shrugged during his recent hostile takeover of the Senate, and Ryan requires his staffers to read the same book).

Good news: There's now a dating site called Atlasphere that will save devotees of Rand a lot of time.

"If you assume that maybe 1 out of 500 people is a serious fan of Ayn Rand's novels, on a normal dating site you have a 1 in 500 chance of someone sharing the same basic values," founder Joshua Zader tells the Wall Street Journal. "On the Atlasphere, every profile shows you what you want."

Imagine an endless supply of Rand fanatics! How delicious is that? (The Wall Street Journal)

4.  How to keep other women away from your man. You worked hard to find your very own Ted Cruz or whoever floats your boat. Now, what can you do to make sure he stays all yours?

Easy: Break out the luxury goods! Get the Birkin, put on the Bulgari watch, and slip on the Louboutin heels. HBR blog reports:

By flaunting expensive shoes and handbags, women effectively deter potential romantic rivals, according to a series of experiments by doctoral student Yajin Wang and Vladas Griskevicius of the University of Minnesota.

The report finds that "women whose relationships are threatened seek conspicuous goods only when the products can be seen by a potential rival." And does it work? You bet:

The deterrent is effective, probably because women perceive a man as more devoted to his partner when she sports pricey products, the researchers say.

The way I see it, women go on shopping excursions in order to stop homewreckers in their tracks. File it under family values.  (HBR blog)

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen, The Careerist's chief blogger, has been covering the business and culture of law firms for a decade. A former corporate lawyer, Chen is fascinated by those who thrive (as well as those who don't) in the legal profession. Her take: Success in the law (and life) doesn't always travel a linear path. If you have topics you'd like to discuss or information to share, contact her: [email protected]

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