Men and Women are the Same — Except when Women are Better

A recent New York Times article makes a fascinating claim: the females make males more generous, brothers who have sisters are more sympathetic, and corporate execs who have baby girls are less tight-fisted than execs who have bouncing baby boys.

But wait just one second.  Don’t liberals tell us all the time that gender is a social consctruct and that men and women don’t have unique roles?

Then, I realized…  Liberals believe men and women are the same, except — of course — when women are better.

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  • Nathaniel

    I shall address your post with an equal amount of thought and substance.

    Derp derp derp.

  • Pamela Patterson Lake

    Okay. Well then.

  • Guest

    It’s totally possible for girls to have been socialised into acting in ways that influence their brothers to be more sympathetic. If little girls are taught to share their feelings, listen to other people and care about hurting other people’s feelings, that’s going to affect their brothers. It would be weirder if it didn’t, since brothers and sisters tend to share a home and see each other every day. That doesn’t mean their behaviour isn’t socially constructed. In fact it’s evidence in favour of roles being socially contructed, since the men are changing their behaviour depending on the company they keep (the company of sister vs brothers, the company of daughters vs sons).

    If little boys were also taught to share their feelings, listen and try not to upset people, instead of being told to ‘man up’ and that life was a competition where the most brutal, ‘alpha’ guy won, it’s quite possible these differences would disappear.

    Also, I don’t think most liberals say that there are no average differences between men and women. What they do say is a) a lot of these differences are down to the influence of society and b) observed differences aren’t a prescription for the way things should be. That’s to say, just because many women act a certain way doesn’t mean all women have to and should be forced to do so, and just because a difference exists now doesn’t mean it always did or always will.

    Btw, your link really slows down my browser. I don’t know why, maybe there’s a bad script running on the site, but I couldn’t open it without my browser crashing.

    • http://www.NancyFrench.com/ Nancy French

      Hello — thanks for the comment. The way you phrased the liberal argument is so reasonable:

      Also, I don’t think most liberals say that there are no average
      differences between men and women. What they do say is a) a lot of these
      differences are down to the influence of society and b) observed
      differences aren’t a prescription for the way things should be. That’s
      to say, just because many women act a certain way doesn’t mean all women
      have to and should be forced to do so, and just because a difference
      exists now doesn’t mean it always did or always will.


      That is not what I’m fighting back against. I’m reacting to the far left crowd that truly does try to raise their children without gender. I’ve lived in places — like Ithaca, New York — where this happens and have seen it up close. I have no problem with the way you stated it above.

      Also, sorry about the weird site issues — will let them know. Thanks!

  • TheodoreSeeber

    What’s odd about that is that it is exactly the same as the idea of Chivalry- that women are better.


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