Bruce Toews (masterofmusings) wrote,
Bruce Toews

Rather Involved Question of the Day

I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to start a geneder war with this
question, but here goes.

A friend of mine and I frequently disagree on things. One of these was
an aspect of the nature versus nurture argument. My friend contends
that, in humans, the female is hard-wired to be kind, nurturing, loving,
and so on. Males, she contends, are hard-wired to be violent barbarians.
My contention is that people are people, and that as women achieve more
and more of the equality in society to which they have every right, one
of the negative side effects is going to be that the stereotypes will
start eroding. We'll see more and more of a tendancy among women toward
violence, crime, promiscuity, all those other things that we have
typically stereotyped as "male" traits. So far the stats seem to be
bearing this out. While women certainly have a lot of "catching up" to
do, crime among girls and women is on the rise, particularly violent
crime. You can't automatically assume anymore that in a domestic dispute
the woman is pure innocence while the man is pure guilt. More and more
women are not wanting long-term relationships in favor of something
called "hooking up", as I heard on the radio yesterday. I just think
people are people. When women were repressed, one of the things that was
repressed was the human tendency to be human. What think you?
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