It seems that society is geared towards valuing the masculine qualities of strength, but not the female ones. In fact, it seems that society is unaware of what these female strengths and qualities might be.
There is the question that women are said to be more cooperative than men, and looking at this shows up a lot about the structure of morality.
Humans are a hyper-cooperative species. There is a general perception that women and girls are more cooperative than men and boys. If this perception is true, then maybe it is ultimately because, in mammals and birds, we nurse our babies after they are born, and it is usually females who bear ultimate responsibility for the young.
This requirement to take care of young is responsible for the evolution of empathy (divergently in both mammals and birds).
Empathy is defined as:
1) the ability, and desire, to recognize the needs and point of view of another;
2) appropriate caring behaviour (helping in response to need).
Cooperation can be thought of as:
1) one-way helping – spontaneous altruism;
2) two-way helping – interdependent partners helping each other to achieve a common goal.
Therefore, it would make sense if human females really are naturally more cooperative than males.
Empathy and cooperation are strengths. New research shows how females can read emotion in faces better than males can, especially useful for mothering. I’d generalize this to it being especially useful to “nurturing”, in general.
Males are obviously biologically different, with different “strengths”. One of those strengths can channel into aggression and destruction, which worked for tribal living hundreds of thousands of years ago, but gives more mixed results in civilization. Including subjugation of women, when not discouraged by a society that’s largely anonymous to each other as compared to a cooperative, everyone knows everyone environment.
Back then, cultural balance and egalitarianism was more natural and complimentary to “opposites”. In modern times, the balance is more individual, private, and variable… for better and for worse.
I always think of civilization as a dynamic experiment, better in some ways, but not always as fair as it could be.
– he called someone a whore: the DJ, Lady Dammage. The comical story is that I made out that she’s so awesome she gives him a hard on, and then her uptempo hardcore music jerks him off. That was enough for him. That’s got to be a lesson learned.