April 4, 2005

In the sun.

It's 70 degrees here in Madison as we head out for lunch. Walking back, we do some browsing at Urban Outfitters. The sun in the window makes the retro-hippie tatters glow:

Urban Outfitters window.

The street vendors are out all over Library Mall, including this one in a big, feathered hat:

Library Mall vendor with a hat.

The choice window seats of Memorial Library are all taken:

Reading on a window sill.

The leafless trees cast the last wintry shadows:

Reading on a window sill.

Crossing the Park Street bridge, we see the shrinking ice of Lake Mendota:

The last of the ice.

Dotting Bascom Hill: readers!

Bascom Hill.

More readers:

Bascom Hill.

More readers on the hill, just in front of the Law School:

Bascom Hill.

And at least one sleeper!

UPDATE: An emailer writes, "What, no lovers?" And I answer, "Actually, we were talking about the solitariness of the 'hill people.' There were no lovers!" In fact, at lunch, we were discussing the way the way primary and middle school teachers appreciate the behavior of girls (and don't see their misbehavior) and punish the boys for not acting more like the girls. Girls end up more accommodated to academia and flock to college, which may need to do affirmative action for males to keep the male-to-female ratio in balance. Does this mean that in college, males end up with lower GPAs? What effect does this have on law school admissions? What is going on?

This is one of the main things we talked about at lunch. I described my heartfelt opposition to the way schoolteachers treat young boys, but at the same time, I am utterly opposed to affirmative action for males! There are some big problems that we are barely beginning to notice. The seeming loneliness of the women on the hill is, perhaps, just the beginning of a huge problem.

Later in the day, Glenn Reynolds linked to this post and made an observation about women outnumbering men. He's surely right that I was not looking for women to photograph, just randomly capturing the view of the hill.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The theme of the imbalance in educated males and females -- the "reverse gender gap" -- is continued in this post.

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