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A Woman Can Do Anything a Man Can Do (Well, Almost)
http://www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/0816roberts.html ^ | August 16, 2006 | Carey Roberts

Posted on 08/16/2006 5:55:37 PM PDT by CareyRoberts

Fact and feminism keep tripping over each other.

For decades, radical feminists have prostrated themselves upon the altar of androgeny, flatly declaring that all differences between the sexes are socially constructed. So when men earn more money than women, they say that’s proof of sex discrimination.

But men have the Y chromosome, while women don’t. And it turns out that one chromosome contains 78 very important genes. Those genes contain programming instructions that control a man’s brain structure, sex hormones, and a host of other functions.

These critical genetic differences play out in thousands of ways that influence risk-taking, sex relationships, and social roles. Steven Rhoads’ book, Taking Sex Differences Seriously, is an information-packed, must-read on this topic.

Women conceive babies, men can’t. Women are better at decoding facial expressions, hearing a baby’s whimper in the night, and simultaneously talking and listening. Fine.

But what happens when we insist that men and women are social equivalents, twisting like neutered cogs in a giant gender nirvana?

Last year I was talking with a woman who insisted female athletes are just as skilled as the men. A few months later, the US female Olympic hockey team played a boys’ high school team from Warroad, Minnesota. The small town boys prevailed 2-1 over the elite Olympians – and that was a non-checking game.

Then there are the women-in-combat zealots. They parade girls like PFC Jessica Lynch as living proof that women can handle the fierce demands of front line combat. You may recall that war heroine Lynch later admitted about her Iraqi mishap, “I did not shoot, not a round, nothing. I went down praying to my knees. And that’s the last I remember.”

What about women in the media? Remember, they were going to bring us a more balanced and empathic perspective on the world.

Well, that was before Oprah Winfrey predicted one in five heterosexual Americans would die from AIDS by 1990 and Meryl Streep duped the EPA to ban alar.

Let’s not forget Connie Chung’s scientific discovery that breast implants make women sick. Even though researchers could never prove the link between implants and connective tissue disease, the ensuing hysteria-driven lawsuits eventually forced Dow Corning into bankruptcy.

Of course there’s the ever-apoplectic Maureen Dowd, left to wonder why the New York Times circulation numbers tumble ever-downward. And rumor has it that once Katie Couric debuts at CBS News, she’s planning to sign up Cindy Sheehan as a political analyst for the upcoming November elections.

And women, it is said, will make the political arena more ethical and fair: “Research shows the presence of women raises the standards of ethical behavior and lowers corruption.” That quote comes to us by way of senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, which practically makes the claim self-refuting.

We were promised that women in academia would bring important new insights. But soon the ladies came to the sobering realization that Beethoven composed Ode to Joy to induce men into a sexual frenzy, and Newton’s Principia Mathematica is actually a rape manual.

We should all feel especially sorry for MIT professor Nancy Hopkins.

As a biologist, she no doubt learned how primates engage in sex-specific courtship rituals and hunting patterns. But then ex-Harvard president Larry Summers suggested that innate differences in the human species also might exist, causing the ever-delicate Dr. Hopkins to lapse into a swoon.

Smelling salts, anyone?

Those examples are mostly amusing. But there’s one variation on the woman-can-do-anything-a-man-can-do theme that’s downright dangerous. It’s the “mothers and fathers are interchangeable” mantra.

The reason is simple: little boys don’t identify with their moms the same way they bond with their dads. And girls learn different lessons from dads than from moms.

Want proof?

Look at inner city ghettos ravaged by Great Society programs that required dad to vacate the home before mom was entitled to collect her welfare check. Bereft of their loving fathers, boys looked to the media and gangs for their male role models.

Is anyone surprised when all manner of social pathologies take root and flourish?

It’s one of the conundrums of our time that while demanding fealty to the dogma of androgeny, feminists condemn the expression of masculine qualities by men and then turn around and demand that “liberated” women exemplify exactly those same attributes.

As my mother used to say, Who said women had to be logical?


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1 posted on 08/16/2006 5:55:39 PM PDT by CareyRoberts
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To: CareyRoberts

Huh.. I vaguely remember my lefty auntie professor effusively praising the merits of "unisex" fashion waaay back in the 70's. I guess the moral of the story is to pay attention to the crackpots, they usually have the next decade's talking points? Hm.


2 posted on 08/16/2006 5:58:31 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: CareyRoberts

Pole dancing is STRICTLY for women!


3 posted on 08/16/2006 5:59:14 PM PDT by pissant
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To: CareyRoberts

Can women write their name in the snow in yellow?


4 posted on 08/16/2006 5:59:49 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: CareyRoberts

Write their name in the snow?


5 posted on 08/16/2006 6:00:29 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: CareyRoberts

I was a firefighter and I can tell you that this isn't exactly true. I won a lot of respect becauase I worked very hard as a volie (no pay whatsoever) but I worked out harder than most everyone I knew. I loved being in a ladder company but it's hard work for a woman and I couldn't imagine doing that work whilst pregnant or something.


6 posted on 08/16/2006 6:03:16 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: CareyRoberts
I love myths......the women in combat is great.... if you want to have to explain to the C.O. why you were able to kick the crap out of the female instructor that keeps insisting that men and women can fight as dirty as each other in hand to hand combat.

I'll believe the hype the first time I see a UFC title between a man and woman where the man goes down...er... gets defeated.

7 posted on 08/16/2006 6:03:37 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: bmwcyle

I'd like the woman who can get along with my ex-wife......


8 posted on 08/16/2006 6:04:24 PM PDT by larrysh
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To: CareyRoberts

WHY?


9 posted on 08/16/2006 6:04:41 PM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: CareyRoberts

10 posted on 08/16/2006 6:04:48 PM PDT by mirkwood (Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.)
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To: mirkwood

LOLOLOLOL


11 posted on 08/16/2006 6:05:23 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: CareyRoberts

Let me guess.
You're going through a divorce.


12 posted on 08/16/2006 6:05:49 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems. NRA)
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To: CareyRoberts

Can a woman be out the door and ready for work, five minutes after waking up?

NO!!

.... and we love you for it.

:-)


13 posted on 08/16/2006 6:07:03 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: bmwcyle

Or pee off a horse?


14 posted on 08/16/2006 6:08:44 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside
We won't mention think logically.
15 posted on 08/16/2006 6:10:46 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Well... maybe sidesaddle.


16 posted on 08/16/2006 6:11:09 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: CareyRoberts
The darwin awards was almost an exclusive club for men at one time. Some women are making great strides for womankind by trying to join.
17 posted on 08/16/2006 6:11:23 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Red is good)
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To: CareyRoberts

Feminists are a disgrace to women everywhere.


18 posted on 08/16/2006 6:16:27 PM PDT by Redgirl
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To: Freedom4US

You hit the nail on the head. Letting crackpots talk is their human right, but NO ONE should pay attention to them.


19 posted on 08/16/2006 6:16:50 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (I, a stranger and afraid....in a world I never made)
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To: CareyRoberts

Why Men Aren't Secretaries

Husband's note to his wife: Doctor's office called: Said "Pabst beer is normal."


20 posted on 08/16/2006 6:18:23 PM PDT by mirkwood (Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.)
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To: CareyRoberts
Oh yeah? Can they install recessed lighting and stay on plan? Can the ground a circuit to a water line without changing their mind? Can they change the brakes on a car without changing their mind?

One thing they can do better- organize a garage for 2 weeks and misplace power tools, tools and their respective parts.
21 posted on 08/16/2006 6:19:43 PM PDT by Porterville (Hispanic Republican American Bush Supporter)
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To: CareyRoberts

It was many years ago since the embarrassing day when a young woman ...
..., with a baby in her arms, entered his butcher shop and confronted him with the news that the baby was his and asked what was he going to do about it? Finally he offered to provide her with free meat until the boy was 16. She agreed.

He had been counting the years off on his calendar, and one day the teenager, who had been collecting the meat each week, came into the shop and said, "I'll be 16 tomorrow."

"I know," said the butcher with a smile, "I've been counting too, tell your mother, when you take this parcel of meat home, that it is the last free meat she'll get, and watch the expression on her face."

When the boy arrived home he told his mother. The woman nodded and said, "Son, go back to the butcher and tell him I have also had free bread, free milk, and free groceries for the last 16 years and watch the expression on his face!"


22 posted on 08/16/2006 6:21:07 PM PDT by mirkwood (Gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.)
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To: CareyRoberts

Docters, please post comment on this:

I thought I read that Men's muscle fibers are not just bigger/can get bigger, but they are more flexable then womens. Something to that affect...I can't remember. Somebody back me up or set me strair.


23 posted on 08/16/2006 6:23:02 PM PDT by mojo_the_migo
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To: Freedom4US

LOL...the 70's....I always thought that women wearing ties (yeah, some were) as a statement was so hilarious....they were copying the very MALES they disdained.


24 posted on 08/16/2006 6:23:24 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( The Dems are so far to the left they have left America.)
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To: Raycpa
At one time, I was 5 and the only girl with 3 brothers. I was very jealous that they didn't have to sit to "use the facilities". My mother insisted girls had to sit (hey, if I were talking to a shrink, we would decide that THIS was the incident that began a lifetime of headbutting between Mom and me!LOL)

So, anyway, one day brother # 2 dared me to do it standing up. So, I've known for quite some time that boys can do some things better than girls. So what? Who wants to do "boy stuff" anyway???
25 posted on 08/16/2006 6:23:33 PM PDT by blu (People, for God's sake, think for yourselves)
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To: CareyRoberts
dogma of androgeny

The word is consistently misspelled in the article. The correct word is a n d r o g y n y." It is a mating of the Greek andro(meaning male) with gyne (meaning female).
"Androgeny" might mean something like "arising from the male." That "y" is a transliteration for a sound that more resembles the way we would say a French "u" or the closest we get in English -"ew."

26 posted on 08/16/2006 6:27:59 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: cyborg

The only thing that men can do that I envy, is their ability to pee outside with little bother.


27 posted on 08/16/2006 6:31:11 PM PDT by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: CareyRoberts

Women? Jeez, you can't even train them to put the toilet seat up.


28 posted on 08/16/2006 6:32:05 PM PDT by umgud (Do moderate muslims luv us infidels and Jews?.... Didn't think so.)
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To: wimpycat

Yeah! :D


29 posted on 08/16/2006 6:32:22 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: goodnesswins
LOL...the 70's....I always thought that women wearing ties (yeah, some were) as a statement was so hilarious....they were copying the very MALES they disdained.

Male-style ties as a woman's fashion were around before women even got the right to vote.

30 posted on 08/16/2006 6:33:55 PM PDT by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: pissant
radical feminists have prostrated themselves

I stopped reading after that second sentence...everybody knows wimmins don't have that prostrate gland thingie. Sheesh.

31 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:50 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: CareyRoberts

bump


32 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:52 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam is a subsingularity memetic perversion : (http://www.orionsarm.com/topics/perversities.html))
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To: CareyRoberts

I took my kids camping over Independence Day...

I was playing cards at our table with my 7 yr old daughter- while my 5 yr old daughter was "making a garden"

next thing I know- she starts crying..."Mommy"

I turn around and she is standing with her hands pulling down the front center of her shorts and the bottom half is all wet.....

"Mommy, I did it wrong"

no- girls can not do what boys can do......


33 posted on 08/16/2006 6:35:35 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (JOHN BOLTON FOR PRESIDENT)
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To: CareyRoberts
programming instructions that control a man’s brain structure, sex hormones, and a host of other functions.

Always knew that those were somehow connected.

34 posted on 08/16/2006 6:37:37 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Freedom4US
From that time...

Liesure suits bad...

Farrah good!

35 posted on 08/16/2006 6:37:40 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: cyborg

Wouldn't you like, just once, to be able to get out of the car and "check the tires" along the side of the road? I guess I'm not setting my sights very high when it comes to equality.

Seriously, the only thing I want is to be able to do what I want, and if it just happens to be a traditionally "male" role, I don't much care. I was a pall bearer for both of my grandmothers. The first time was out of necessity--a male cousin failed to show up; the second time was my dad's idea, because he thought it was neat the first time I did it. Both my grandmothers would have gotten a kick out of it, I'm sure, and they were no feminists by any stretch of the imagination.


36 posted on 08/16/2006 6:38:11 PM PDT by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opiate of the activist wacko.)
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To: CareyRoberts

There are plenty of men messing things up out there too.

I understand your point though. Funny how I more often agree/side with with men in a debate.


37 posted on 08/16/2006 6:38:44 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (Try reading the article before you post)
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To: CareyRoberts
And rumor has it that once Katie Couric debuts at CBS News, she’s planning to sign up Cindy Sheehan as a political analyst for the upcoming November elections.

I hope that the rumor is true, because that would be hilarious.

38 posted on 08/16/2006 6:39:57 PM PDT by grellis (I don't know, let me ask my I Ching)
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To: mojo_the_migo; SortaBichy
Men's muscle fibers are not just bigger/can get bigger, but they are more flexable then womens

Untrue...in my dating days, I knew a couple of gals who could hook their heels behind their necks.

To be fair, I don't go over to Palm Springs, nor up to San Francisco....so I don't know if any of the fellas can do this; but I doubt it.

39 posted on 08/16/2006 6:40:46 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: A CA Guy

Ah. Memories. That was the first poster on my wall.

Yes! I'm talking about the Farrah one!


40 posted on 08/16/2006 6:51:26 PM PDT by uptoolate (The U.N. will be the tool of the Anti-Christ)
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To: CareyRoberts
A Woman Can Do Anything a Man Can Do (Well, Almost)

No woman I have ever met has confessed too passing gas in public.... Now after that , I'm going to paltalk to have some fun. :) (burrrrrrrrrrrrp, scratch) ;) ;) ;)

41 posted on 08/16/2006 6:51:53 PM PDT by mosquewatch.com (No Islam, Know Peace. www.mosquewatch.blogspot.com)
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To: uptoolate
She was a babe then, and I came upon an article weeks ago about another woman from that time called Susan Anton who performs in her fifties in Vegas today.

She also was one heck of a looker as well.

42 posted on 08/16/2006 6:57:21 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: wimpycat

The only thing that men can do that I envy, is their ability to pee outside with little bother.,/p>

How about urinating over your shoulder?...Here, hold ma' beer and watch this....

43 posted on 08/16/2006 6:58:47 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Life is a sexually transmitted disease. -R. D. Laing)
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To: CareyRoberts
Then there are the women-in-combat zealots. They parade girls like PFC Jessica Lynch as living proof that women can handle the fierce demands of front line combat. You may recall that war heroine Lynch later admitted about her Iraqi mishap, “I did not shoot, not a round, nothing. I went down praying to my knees. And that’s the last I remember.”

That's a dishonest misquoting, you left out the part about her gun jamming. I don't think women should be in combat, but a gun jam generally isn't determined by the presence or lack of a Y-chromosome.

The Palestine, Wirt County, native spoke of her childhood, smalltown life and the stories -- true and false -- that made her a household name in America's homes. "My weapon jammed," said Lynch, who was a member of the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 507th Maintenance Co. at the time. "I don't want to take credit for anything I didn't do. I had to tell the truth." Media reports had Lynch wounded by gunshots and stabbings after her capture last March. It was also reported that she used her weapon to fend off Iraqi soldiers. "It's so untrue," Lynch said. "I could've went along and told everyone I was a hero and killed all of these people. But it didn't happen."

44 posted on 08/16/2006 7:03:16 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: uptoolate

It was the first t-shirt iron-on I ever wore...1977 that was.

I saw a recent picture of her someplace on the web (can't remember where) and she has NOT aged well at all. Better to remember her as she was then.


45 posted on 08/16/2006 7:08:00 PM PDT by NorthWoody (A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. - Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: NorthWoody

My first iron-on as well.

Too much sun turns the skin to leather, huh?


47 posted on 08/16/2006 7:11:48 PM PDT by uptoolate (The U.N. will be the tool of the Anti-Christ)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Or have an erection?


48 posted on 08/16/2006 7:12:40 PM PDT by SALChamps03
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To: wimpycat

Uh huh....whatever.


49 posted on 08/16/2006 7:52:19 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( The Dems are so far to the left they have left America.)
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To: CareyRoberts

I bet I can pee higher up on a wall than a womyn with both feet on the ground?


50 posted on 08/16/2006 8:06:53 PM PDT by lawdude (There are limits to intelligence but none to stupidity... Hannity and Colmes)
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