Tag Archives: stereotypes

Manners, pianners, tables and chairs…

…All belong to the people upstairs. Well, that’s the theory, anyway, at least in England. Middle and upper-class people (and all the fine and subtle gradations in between) are known for their politeness. This is not merely anecdata, either — the phenomenon has been extensively documented by anthropologists such as Kate Fox (I do recommend […]

The power of Yang

Until I was about 5 years old, most of my best friends were boys. I preferred boys because they were more direct – if they had a problem with you, they told you about it – there was none of that emotional politicking and passive-aggressive stuff that some girls seem to enjoy. If a boy […]