I want to make clear from the very beginning that my intention is not to bash men or women during this discussion. Both sexes poses positive and
negative traits. I only wish to explore a hypothetical world not operated or dominated by testosterone/men.
I recently came up on an article titled
Californian Dolphin Gang Caught Killing
SEEMINGLY random acts of violence by bottlenose dolphins on porpoises could be down to sexual frustration among young males. Cases of the
cetaceans killing other creatures for no apparent reason have been reported in UK waters. Now bottlenose dolphins have been seen attacking harbour
porpoises in the Pacific Ocean. Crucially, these observations show for the first time that the attackers are young males (Marine Mammal Science, DOI:
Since I've heard of young male elephants also wreaking havoc on their environment, attacking and killing other animals for no apparent reason, this
article led me to a train of thought - "How would a world without men look and operate?"
If you examine the news of any day or year, you will find plenty of articles on men who have committed some violent crime or another. From rape,
abuse, brutal murder, violent attacks, bar fights, to fraud, drug and human trafficking, most of these are committed by the males. Admittedly there
are many women who also commit horrific acts. They are not to be left out of this discussion completely, but the ratio of male crimes vs. female
crimes seems much higher than it should be. For example, according to this website: Bureau of
and Correctional Populations in the United States
In 2009, the majority (82%) of the total correctional population was male, and 18% was female. Men comprised a smaller portion of the total
correctional population in 2009 than in 1990 (86%), while the percentage of women increased within the total correctional population since 1990
I can tell you that if I decide to travel to a seedy neighborhood, I'm not afraid of what some woman might do to me, I'm more afraid of what a man,
or group of men might do to me for my car, my money, or any number of things they may not like about me. It's rare (definitely not impossible) to be
held up or beat up by a woman or a group of women. It's always an aggressive-looking group of men I find myself watching out for.
So then what is it about the male sex which makes it so prone to committing crimes? Is it the upbringing? Testosterone? Social conditioning? Social
pressures on the male that lead them to a powerful desire to overachieve in any way possible? Since not all men are violent or commit crimes, what is
it about the male sex that lands so many in a jail cell?
Some would argue that male aggression is nature's way of keeping a territorial balance. Men are hunters and protectors by nature. While this may be
true to some extent, is the use of that aggression necessary in today's day and age, and is it something that can be overcome? Though imperfect, I
consider most human beings quite intelligent, and smart enough to figure out that killing somebody for money or selling somebody into sexual slavery
is not the best solution to a problem. I don't feel that raping, repeat-killing (serial killers), abusing, or torturing is necessary to a person's
survival in most (if not all) cases. Why do so many men (as opposed to women) choose to commit violent acts?
That leads me to imagine a world without men (or at least without men prone to violent aggression). Would we have less wars? More compromise? More
compassion? Less crime? Or would women take over where men left off? Would we spend so much money on weapons and defense? Would we have to be afraid
to walk into a poor neighborhood? Would gang violence still be as big of a problem as it is now? Is violence necessary for the human race to evolve,
or is it holding us back?
Truth is that struggle/survival forces us to invent and reinvent. Many of the technological perks we have today came about, because the technology was
highly beneficial to fighting wars. Eventually society found good (non-violent) use for those items, but would they have come to exist without pending
wars? Would we have invented many of the things we have today if males weren't aggressive? Maybe in due time. Is there any benefit worth the human
pain, suffering and death which we receive from being violent?
I myself would love to figure out what we can do to scale down on male aggression. I suppose I have more questions than answers, and I'd love to
hear your feedback. Do you sometimes find yourself out of control? Do you feel like there's no other alternative to causing physical damage? I know
that sports can sometimes relieve that pressure, but clearly it may not be enough. What helps you stay in control, and do you believe everyone has the
ability to fight off the "natural" urge to become violent?