I think the next step in this week's discussion of men and women is to discuss complementarianism. That is a large word, so I'm going to lead up to it, by discussing "the soulmate theory".
You're probably heard of soulmates before. The concept pops up all the time in romantic movies. The idea is that two people are "soulmates", which means they form the perfect romantic couple. These two people were specifically made for each other, and they go together so well that almost become one person. They "share a soul", so to speak, hence the term "soul-mate".
The idea is that your soul is incomplete, until you find your soulmate. He or she is the missing half of your soul; your soulmate fills up what is lacking in your own soul. For example, take Call Me Maybe. In this song, Carly Rae Jepsen talks about how she is incomplete, until her soulmate comes along and makes her whole; she says, "Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad, and you should know that".
The idea of soulmates is popular, but it is accused of being anti-feminist for these reasons.
1. It starts from the position that women and men are incomplete without each other. This upsets people who believe women are complete by themselves.
2. Since the two genders provide and lack certain things, this would mean that men and women are not equal. Men have things women don't have, and women have things men don't have.
I think that's enough for today. What do you think of the concept of soulmates? Is it good or bad? Are there problems with it? Is it anti-feminist? Can we come up with a variation of the soulmate theory which avoids some of its problems?