While I understand it’s the ‘right thing to do’, I admit I’ve wondered once in a while why men should always have to put the toilet seat down. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an inveterate toilet seat putter downer, but it has crossed my mind. In any case, if doing the right thing isn’t a good enough reason to put the toilet seat down, Maggie Nelson uses math to tell you why you should. Only idiots argue with math. shouldiputthetoiletseatdown.com/ makes it easier for you.
I can’t remember where I saw this first, but in a piece by Shankar Vendantam (gang leader for a day) something interesting:
If you ask people whether men and women should be paid the same for doing the same work, everyone says yes. But if you ask volunteers how much a storekeeper who runs a hardware store ought to earn and how much a storekeeper who sells antique china ought to earn, you will see that the work of the storekeeper whom volunteers unconsciously believe to be a man is valued more highly than the work of the storekeeper whom volunteers unconsciously assume is a woman. If you ask physicians whether all patients should be treated equally regardless of race, everyone says yes. But if you ask doctors how they will treat patients with chest pains who are named Michael Smith and Tyrone Smith, the doctors tend to be less aggressive in treating the patient with the black-sounding name. Such disparities in treatment are not predicted by the conscious attitudes that doctors profess, but by their unconscious attitudesâ€”their hidden brains.