The weak man's inability


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Are Women Equal?

Can women ever be equal? Most mainstream religions say no. Women feel different from men. Men set the standard. If meeting a man's standard is equality and women do not want that status, are women therefore inferior? It gets circular. It's about power.

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Posted by Matsu on 26 December 2004 - 12:09pm
Onto something

My obvious belief is that the answer is "yes" -- but I think most Americans would answer "no" (if they stopped to think beyond the answer that is expected in polite company).

-media girl

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Posted by media girl on 26 December 2004 - 12:32pm
Power to behave badly

It would seem men are more pron to violence than women. A man will be more easily roused to violence. Women, by law, in the United States are not allowed into armed combat (do not have the right to bear arms, 100-percent) in the armed forces and get relegated to a support role - although that line is often blurred in war.

If somehow nature arranged that only females existed, I wonder if there would be large standing armies and wars of the kind we have seen. I am not Pollyanna enough to think there would be absolutely no conflict or contentiousness, but what I see is that men will go to force of arms sooner than would a woman and in such a framework - both legal and internal - can a woman be equal when part of equality is to buy in completely to men's models of power. Now and again there are some female leaders in modern times - Mrs. Thatcher and the Falkland Islands comes to mind - where a female leader leads her nation into war - but the troops are not led by her nor are the generals drawn from among the ranks of women - at least not the ones that matter.

So long as war and assassination is the centerpiece of foreign policy, women - rightly or wrongly - will be seen as unfit for command. And if unfit for command, how can they lead and if they cannot lead, they will never be equal - at least not with the big boys who play hardball.

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Posted by Matsu on 26 December 2004 - 1:01pm