Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Expected Roles

As to point two, I’d venture that it’s a fundamental disconnect between the expected “roles” of men and women, both in the world of entertainment and in society at large. Men are judged by their actions, women by their innate qualities. In other words, a woman is charming, beautiful, what have you, while a man does things of importance. I’d even go so far as to say that, though perhaps less overt, it’s largely remained unchanged in the past half-century.

An interesting follow-up question: To what degree should — or perhaps even can — such a mind-set be changed? Two schools of thought, here — one, that humanity is fundamentally an animal, and subject (at least at some level) to biological nature (i.e., females and males have fundamentally different criteria for reproductive suitability); and two, that humanity is above its so-called “baser instincts,” and can exercise free will to a (near) absolute degree. I suppose I’d fall somewhere between the two camps. I contend that humanity is absolutely chained to biological nature (at least in this stage of our genetic development), but that does not preclude aspiring to change. Okay, I’m not really going out on much of a limb there, but witness how many proffer arguments that completely discount one side or the other of the proposition. Thoughts?


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