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Between Men and Women


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In most western nations today, men and women are treated equally under the law. Yet, most people seem to believe that they're not equal. Well, in what ways are men and women unequal?

-average physical strength (men are typically physically stronger)

-demeanour (women are typically more agreeable while men are typically more aggressive)

 

These are basic, well-documented realities. So, if you wish to neutralize these differences, must you also under the legal protections which fail to neutralize these differences?

 

 

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The examples you provided are accurate. 
trying to level the playing field and make two separate types of humans the same-thats thé real problem. We are not the same. 
understanding and appreciating the opposite sex - for all of their strengths and weaknesses is really the goal I think. 

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Dr Johnson said, "Woman, having so much power, the law wisely allows her but little."

That was said about 250 years ago, and clearly things have changed in respect of the law (and a good thing too), but not

in respect of the power women can exercise over men.

 

I know the attraction goes both ways, but in men it's more universal, and urgent. When we see a good-looking woman  -- and 'good-looking' can be interpreted very widely, depending on many factors, such as blood alcohol level, time since last connection, light level -- our cerebral cortex gets knocked out because it gets flooded by chemicals, our genes are, so to speak, shrieking "replicate us, replicate us!!" -- and we drop one wing and run around in circles in front of them.

 

They'll rule the world, eventually.  Might be a good thing -- I don't think they like to play soldier the way we do. And I think they make better investment decisions, not being driven by the desire to be the biggest xxxxx on Wall Street.

 

On the other hand, there is Mr Kipling's famous poem: [Like Dr johnson, his assumptions about the legal status and position of women in council, has now been superseded.]

 

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

                           The Female of the Species

    WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
    He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
    But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

 

    When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
    He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
    But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

 

    When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
    They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
    'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

 

    Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
    For the Woman that God gave him isn't his to give away;
    But when hunter meets with husband, each confirms the other's tale—
    The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

 

    Man, a bear in most relations—worm and savage otherwise,—
    Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise.
    Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact
    To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.

 

    Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
    To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
    Mirth obscene diverts his anger—Doubt and Pity oft perplex
    Him in dealing with an issue—to the scandal of The Sex!

 

    But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
    Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same;
    And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
    The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

 

    She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
    May not deal in doubt or pity—must not swerve for fact or jest.
    These be purely male diversions—not in these her honour dwells—
    She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

 

    She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
    As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate.
    And when Babe and Man are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim
    Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.

 

    She is wedded to convictions—in default of grosser ties;
    Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies!—
    He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
    Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.

 

    Unprovoked and awful charges—even so the she-bear fights,
    Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons—even so the cobra bites,
    Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
    And the victim writhes in anguish—like the Jesuit with the squaw!

 

    So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
    With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
    Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
    To some God of Abstract Justice—which no woman understands.

 

    And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
    Must command but may not govern—shall enthral but not enslave him.
    And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
    That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.

 

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