Originally posted by Byrd
Frankly, I think it takes cojones to stand up to the women-are-expected-to-be-cooperative-sextoys mentality (and should be displayed naked for the
pleasure of men at all times.) The United States is not "Of the Men, By the Men, For the Men..." Last time I checked, Lincoln said it was "Of the
people, by the people, for the people."
Women and children are people, too.
This has been your annual feminist rant #7992. Your mileage may vary according to your direct experience.
I think the christian right and by extension, Bush & Co., are highly invested in keeping gender roles rigid. That keeps men and women at odds with
each other and gets in the way of teaming up for the greater good. It also keeps two viable populations of consumers at the ready. Boys like one set
of toys, girls another. If you look at gender typing in advertising and pop culture, you can really see that push. Backyard play tents - pink with
flowers and a tea set for the girls; camo with camping gear for the boys - and so on. These kids grow up with that rigid mindset fully formed and
continue shopping based on those gender lines.
Bludgeoning men with the idea that the ideal woman is pliant, sexually ready, and still provides household servant duties while working full time and
raising kids, means that men have extremely unrealistic views on partnership and responsibility-sharing.
Bludgeoning women that they need to please a man, no matter how abusive, alcoholic, or just plain jerky sets them up to play dumb, get surgery, run
themselves ragged, give up rights, and deny their own equality.
All of us would benefit as a culture from a partnership model of male/female relations. That all humans have strengths & weaknesses, like sex, need
meaningful work, and so on. Male and female are not opposites, they are two genders on a continuum of genders within a single species.
That being said, the raging feminist side of me must add that if men were neutered at birth, a lot of lives would be saved. At very least, men should
recognize that unchecked testosterone hurts a lot of women. www.news.harvard.edu...
On a more humorous note - just replace the word dogs with men and see what I mean about neutering
WHAT BEHAVIORAL CHANGES CAN BE EXPECTED AFTER NEUTER?
The only behavior changes that are observed after neutering relate to behaviors influenced by male hormones. Playfulness, friendliness, and
socialization with humans are not changed. The behaviors that change are far less desirable. The interest in roaming is eliminated in 90% of neutered
dogs. Aggressive behavior against other male dogs is eliminated in 60% of neutered dogs. Urine marking is eliminated in 50% of neutered male dogs.
Inappropriate mounting is eliminated in 70% of neutered dogs.
--Saerlaith (married twice, and two younger brothers. I know men)