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Apparently, women aren’t very happy. “Each year since 1972, the United States General Social Survey has asked men and women: ‘How happy are you, on a scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being very happy, and 1 being not too happy?'” And since 1972, women’s happiness has dropped steadily. And this isn’t just the finding of one study; six separate studies have come to the same result, across decades, ages, and countries. According to the Huffington Post article “Wherever researchers have been able to collect reliable data on happiness, the finding is always the same: greater educational, political, and employment opportunities have corresponded to decreases in life happiness for women, as compared to men.”

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A friend and reader, gothicfeline, sent me a CNN story about a “John school“–a one day program for men arrested for soliciting a prostitute. They spend a Saturday being scared limp (sorry, couldn’t resist) by “former prostitutes, health experts, psychologists and law enforcement officers” until they understand that prostitution is not a victimless crime. This article pleases me in one way–it’s good to see that men as well as women are getting punished, rather than just the women. But the implicit attitudes about sex made me very sad indeed.

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