Random interesting reading #1

This critique started when some women systematically looked up at the top of society and saw men everywhere: most world rulers, presidents, prime ministers, most members of Congress and parliaments, most CEOs of major corporations, and so forth — these are mostly men.

Seeing all this, the feminists thought, wow, men dominate everything, so society is set up to favor men. It must be great to be a man.

The mistake in that way of thinking is to look only at the top. If one were to look downward to the bottom of society instead, one finds mostly men there too. Who’s in prison, all over the world, as criminals or political prisoners? The population on Death Row has never approached 51% female. Who’s homeless? Again, mostly men. Whom does society use for bad or dangerous jobs? US Department of Labor statistics report that 93% of the people killed on the job are men. Likewise, who gets killed in battle? Even in today’s American army, which has made much of integrating the sexes and putting women into combat, the risks aren’t equal. This year we passed the milestone of 3,000 deaths in Iraq, and of those, 2,938 were men, 62 were women.

Is there anything good about men?

It’s a really interesting essay centered around how men and women deal with relationships, why they do it they way they do and what this has meant for the evolution of human societies.

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  1. nb
    Posted January 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    The cultures that have succeeded have used this formula, and that is one reason that they have succeeded instead of their rivals.

    Yeah, only because we haven’t seen eusocial hominids yet. The Hive and her parthenogenic sisters will outcompete you all, puny sapiens.

  2. Posted January 29, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Bah, the mole people haven’t taken over yet.

    As an aside, holy fuck!

    This is what nightmares are made of!