Monday, May 6, 2013

Differences Between Men and Women

Yesterday, I asked if women are different from men.  The consensus seems to be "yes", but there seems to be no consensus on how much the two genders differ.  So let's explore the issue some more, by looking at the ways men and women are different.

There are primary differences between men and women.  These differences are gender-specific.  For example, only men can grow beards, and only women can give birth.  People can pretty easily agree on these differences, even though rare exceptions exist.

There are also secondary differences between men and women.  These differences are sometimes gender-specific, but not always.  An example would be "men are better at sports than women".  You could argue that this is true in general, because men's bodies develop muscles differently than women's bodies.  This is the reason why sporting events, such as the Olympics, distinguish between men's sports and women's sports.  However, it is false to say that athletic ability is gender-specific. There are many non-athletic men, as well as many athletic women.

People often disagree on the primary and secondary differences between men and women. A good example is the ability to vote.  A hundred years ago, people thought that voting should be gender-specific.  That was incorrect.  Men and women are the same, when it comes to the ability to vote.

What do we make of the differences between men and women?  The truth is that men and women should be treated equally, despite their differences.  They should only be treated differently, in situations that are gender-specific.  This is both a logical and a moral imperative.

I'm going to pause here for comments.  Am I saying things which make sense?  Or am I totally off-base?  I'll talk more about this topic tomorrow, and eventually I'll get to the point that the Catholic Church believes the priesthood is gender-specific.

11 comments:

Suzanne Klare said...

Here, I totally agree with you Michael.

L said...

I do agree with you on these differences between men and women and look forward to your upcoming posts.
While I'm an Assemblies of God Pentecostal and not Catholic, I enjoy reading about your beliefs. I don't agree with them, but I like knowing more about different denominations, religions, etc. You write very clearly and concisely, and I appreciate that. I was disappointed in the comments people wrote to you because they were extremely rude. It doesn't matter if they disagreed with your posts--you wrote your beliefs respectfully and reasonably, and you deserve to be spoken to in a respectful manner. This is your blog, and you're free to write what you wish.
I'll still read your blog whether or not I agree with what you write. You're an extremely interesting person, and I enjoy what you have to say. So keep on going, and don't let any of the rude commenters discourage you!

L said...

I'd like to clarify, when I said "I don't agree with them", I just meant I don't agree with the Catholic beliefs. I wasn't sure if that was clear or if I muddled it. I do agree with other things you have to say, such as male and female differences in this post.

Anonymous said...

I think that many differences between men and women are learned, but so ingrained we can't tell if they are inherent or not. There is very little that all women have in common with each because they are women, nearly all of which are physical. The same can be said for men. Personality traits and the like are not gender specific. They are learned, not inherent.

Breanna(; said...

I agree 100 percent.

Anonymous said...

I'll second that!:)

Anonymous said...

I suppose the primary differences are naturally speaking, correct? If I recall correctly women can grow beards via use of steroids and wahtnot

Paramore_Fan said...

Like the second commenter, I don't agree with most Catholic beliefs, but also like the second commenter, I like learning about the beliefs of other branches of Christianity! (I don't know what I am... nondenominational or something, I think? XD Whatever)
I can see why the Catholic church would believe this as they do. After all, Jesus' physical body was male, and Jesus is the Son of God. Just a thought, but do you think that maybe Jesus came to the earth as a male because in His time, men dominated over women completely? It's just a thought - I'm not pushing right and wrong. And another thought. If Jesus had come to our earth if we had a matriarchal society (led by women - sorry if my spelling sucks), would it be possible that He might have come as a woman? It might've been just what those people related to. :)

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Breanna(; said...

Hey Michael i know this is unrelated to the topic but i just wanted to tell you how awesome i think you are and list three of the good qualities i think you have 1. You Are hilarious. 2.Your one of the smartest people i know. and 3. You make the best video walkthroughs Ever!!! Thank you Michael for all the wonderful years of Great walkthroughs(:

Anonymous said...

Michael, I just want to go and give you a big hug right now and also an appaluse and demand an encore!!!:):):):):) I am cheering you on, because you are speaking up for the Catholic Church and God against the world. It goes like this: Go, Michael, go and speak on, brother!!! I bet God is beaming and pleased right now at all the truth that you are saying. God Bless you!!!:)