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.