Sunday, May 5, 2013

Are Women Different Than Men?

There was quite a response to my recent blog post on women's ordination.  It tends to be a controversial topic, even though I'm pretty sure that the Catholic Church is the only major Christian denomination in the United States which doesn't have female priests.

Since people are interested, I think I'll write a series of blog posts on it this week.  Let's start with something simple.

Question: Are women different than men?

I'm interested in hearing what you readers think.  Here are three answers I've heard:

1.  Yes.  Men and women are totally different. It is like men are from Mars, and women are from Venus.  They have a hard time getting along and understanding each other.

2.  No.  Women and men are exactly the same.

3.  Men and women are different, but they are mostly the same.  Biology tells us this is true; men and women have 45 chromosomes in common, with 1 chromosome being different.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Men and women are different, both in biological and personality traits, but they are also equal. Men and women have their different roles in life and, even though the roles are different they are both very, very important.

Brittany said...

Men and women are different biologically, cognitively, and, in many places around the world, socially. I think men and women should be equal in most aspects like government, work, equal pay between genders for the same job, and so on, but there are also things that are gender-specific, like the draft. So, yes, I think men and women are different. In most developed countries, I'd say 70% similar (mostly because we are the same creatures and require the same basic needs), 30% different.

Suzanne Klare said...

Men and women aren't the same, but they both deserve the same amount of respect. Men and women think different, or they totally don't. You can't compare them, actually, because every man is different from another, and every women is different from every other women. But you shouldn't underestimate them, man nor woman.

Anonymous said...

Men and women are very different from each other and of course they will clash with each other at times. But God made men and women different in such a way that they compliment each other. They make good symmetry together.:) Men have male characteristics and women have female characteristics. Gender isn't only a physical thing, but a mental and soul thing. And God doesn't make mistakes. We have to trust Him more over the world, who says that what the Bible says is no longer important. They are wrong, because truth never changes and God is always God. Us women should not feel bad that we do not always have the same roles as men.:) To be honest, I think the Devil uses certain topics as a way for people to get away from God or to disobey God and the Church. The Devil is very clever and he is always pulling the wool over people's eyes. The Devil also gets a kick out of making people think that our God-given genders have very little importance. He also likes people to think that the Catholic Church is racist, insensitive, and doesn't understand or relate to people well. The truth is the Catholic Church is filled with all kinds of people, who are sinners, throughout the world. The true Catholics are the ones, who are open to life at all it's stages and protect marriage and religious freedom. They are people, who care for the souls of others and live to serve God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The world says the Church is oppressive, but the Church is trying to save souls and do God's will. We are all called to be holy and saints, but that does not mean being perfect. It means that even after we fall into sin day by day, we get up again and try to do God's work. We repent and try again.:) God Bless everyone.:)) Watch EWTN!!:)

Anonymous said...

The only differences between men and women are physical. The recent post was about souls, which are not physical. A man's soul is the same as a woman's soul. I believe that most differences between how men and women act and think are the result of social constructs. I do not think there is any evidence to support the claim that men and women have inherently different souls.

Anonymous said...

Men and women are the same but different. They're like a two-piece puzzle. The man is one piece, the woman is the other. They both fit to create a full picture, one being a different perspective of the other. Also, chicks are crazy :P. (I don't mean to offend, I'm also a woman don't worry :P)

Sparksbet said...

I'd like to disagree with your statement that Catholicism is the only major Christian denomination without female priests. You seem to be ignoring the many, many denominations that don't HAVE priests, but have pastors instead. While many such denominations are now accepting female pastors, many (such as the Evangelical Free church, to which I belong) do not.

I also agree with the Anonymous that posted at 9:20. Men and women are inherently different, but equal.

Anonymous said...

Why do you do this Micheal? Are you bored? Men and women are equal unless you are going by the laws of "what church laws are we following today" . Micheal, please, I wish you all the best, but you are asking questions you don't want the answer to. I love the Lord, but do you really want to hear from the ones that don't.

Miriam said...

Men and women have different natural tendencies and roles, so it makes sense to me for them to have different duties in life. Generally, mothers are responsible for the nurture and care of children, and fathers are responsible for providing for and protecting the family.