So there's definitely aspects of what we think are 'masculine' and 'feminine' that are biologically driven, and there's also aspects that are culturally driven (and subject to change).
I definitely do think that there's a biological basis for women being the primary caregiver. Plus logistically, they hit the ground running with breastfeeding and never look back in terms of child-bonding.
@wiltondeportes: I think I disagree with nearly everything you have said in this thread, if not on a factual sentence by sentence basis, at least in terms of the overall thrust of your arguement.
I watched a documentary a while back that posited that essentially the underlying difference between human and chimp culture was that chimp culture WAS still ruled by the biggest, strongest, most violent male. Whereas human society evolved as a 'coalition of the week' where social groups combined to expel the strongest men who could otherwise dominate all the others in the group individually. We have such big brains because our species has to navigate the most complex social networks in the animal kingdom.
It seems like that's the exact opposite of what you are saying here.
Please. Looks like you've been drinking too much kool-ade. America has long been the strongest country militarily and economically. But to doesn't mean America is 'better' than the rest of the world, unless having the biggest gun or writing the biggest cheque makes you a better man.Look at what America used to be before feminism.
Exactly. I'm much stronger than my wife, so I tend to do the jobs that take the most strength, since it's more efficient for me to do them. But there's no reason why my wife couldn't do them if she was so inclined.On a farm, there's no "men's work and women's work".
I remember reading a story a while back about an american woman who went to I think it was Sweden about a hundred years ago. She wanted to introduce some culture, so she organised a local beauty pageant, to be judged by the men of the village. The woman who won was not conventionally beautiful. The american asked one of the men why he voted for the winner, and his answer was "She can carry a pig under each arm. Who wouldn't want to be married to her?" (note: anecdote paraphrased, so some or all details my be slightly off)
We live in a screwed up culture with a screwed up idea of beauty, both for men and women. Some of the young men on this board seem to be having some trouble conflating their cultural background of how women can and should behave with universal truths of how women can and should behave.