Demonstrating once again how much loose money is sloshing around universities, comes this:
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Arizona State University looked at 63 years of hurricane fatality data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and found that powerful hurricanes with feminine names were more deadly than hurricanes of the same strength with masculine names.
Got that? If a hurricane is named, say, Lois, people don’t think it’s as dangerous as a similar storm named Ivan.
The reason, they say, is tied up with a lingering and subconscious sexism that continues to permeate our society.
“The femininity of the name influences the degree to which people feel the storm is dangerous, and that affects how they respond to it,” said Sharon Shavitt, a behavioral scientist at the university and a coauthor of the paper. “We had a hunch that there would be some gender biases, but we were quite stunned by the degree of this effect.”
“Hunch?” Try loony left delirium.
First, of the 63 years measured, only female names used for hurricanes. Ah, yes, but Team Shavitt says they factored that in. BS.
Wonder how they classified Sandy? Boy or girl?
Here’s a solution. The names for 2014 have already been announced. Bertha is the first girl name. I say change to “That Bitch Bertha”