My thanks to Sean for pointing me to this, a report by American ‘researchers’ on senior academics in US medical schools. Sean said in his email:
Another piece for the J4MB ‘You couldn’t make this s*** up!’ file.
For what it’s worth, ‘men with moustaches’ includes ‘men with moustaches along with other facial hair’. From the article:
The authors said: ‘Facial hair has been shown to enhance perceptions of maturity, responsibility, dominance, strength, and self-confidence.’
They said the study backed up a recent analysis of 90,000 academic doctors, which found that women were less likely to be full professors even after they accounted for factors such as age and how much research they had carried out.
They added: ‘The proportion of women in academic medicine remains low and drops with increasing academic rank. This is a problem not only because of the strong ethical argument for equality but also for practical reasons: in business having more women leaders has been linked with better performance.’
I know of no ethical arguments, strong or otherwise, for artificially increasing the proportion of jobs given to women at the expense of men. As for the weasel words, ‘in business having more women leaders has been linked with better performance’, do I really need to cite again the compelling evidence of a causal link between ‘more women on boards’ and corporate financial decline? If so, it’s here.