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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Women and children first
In the second of his three-part opening series of columns, Grant Brown further unmasks the face of contemporary feminism. In "women and children first," Grant makes it plain that the call for equality does not go nearly as far as the principle should imply.
"The sinking of the Titanic illustrates powerfully how gender expectations that favour women go almost unnoticed--or if noticed, approved--even in our equality-conscious age. If a contemporary statistic is needed to support this claim, consider that 97.4 per cent of occupational deaths occur to men. This is not an employment opportunity that anyone seems eager to equalize. A century after the Titanic, we still instinctively lump women and children together, first, in almost every social policy or program where gender is a relevant variable." Read more...
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How dare you tell these truths . It is an unspoken rule that women are to be allowed to remain under the radar , protected from such harsh reality. Any rational discussion such as yours is usually countered by a barage of emotion laden caterwauling designed to silence and shame the offending speaker into submission .In another time there was an unspoken arrangement where men were expected to rein in their ' inate brutality ' for some vague idea of common good , but in these days of outright sexual warfare , too much honesty is just ' unfair ' .
Posted by: daveh | 2008-02-19 6:39:12 AM
" Love is what builds and expands human civilizations and aggression is what destroys them "
Usually economies or democracies or ' civilizations ' are built in cycles ; that is what defines progress ; it`s like a stock market chart ; there are abrupt bull markets followed by the inevitable bear , but the overall trend is ' progress ' . Life is inexact and noone can expect progress to follow a script based on ' love ' or ' aggression ' . It just will happen . It takes a balance of both and one should expect a cyclical decay to lay the groundwork for the next progression .
I would dare say that Ghengis Khans` empire was built from aggression , not ' love ' . . I would dare say that the Roman empire declined from both a lack of aggression and a surplus of hedonism . It is arguable whether such societies are ' desirable ' , but we are what we are , human .
I don`t think it fair comment to make a set of circumstances fit a vague theory.
Posted by: daveh | 2008-02-19 9:18:27 AM
Mr. Grant...Your spot on about this... Men are afraid in today's world to speak there mind because they do need the support of their "harem" or wife or whatever you have... We don't want to end up in the proverbial dog house. Sooo I guess to some it all up... like Mr. Aaron Lines says, "its cheaper to keep her around, its better to let her keep you down, cuz livin with a crazy wife, beats and empty bank account... "
Posted by: Redneck Ryder | 2008-02-19 10:56:27 AM
Here is a joke to dispel the fear:
A young boy, upon hearing his mother discuss with a friend that the bride at an upcoming wedding is going to wear a traditional white wedding dress, asks his father, "Daddy why are wedding dresses white?"
Daddy replies, "Well son, you're old enough to know that all household appliances come in white."
Posted by: Speller | 2008-02-19 11:03:19 AM
I never knew that the sidekick from redgreen was a political commentator!
Posted by: notloz | 2008-02-19 2:40:37 PM
Why is this so confusing to so many people? Of course it's women and children first. That's how the species survived and flourished.
Did you ever wonder why the big old male Lion gets to sit around, eat before the others, and basically act like a spoiled brat? It's because he's the one who gets his ass chewed off when a bunch of Hyenas attack the Pride. Some of you guys want to act like the male Lion, but only until it's time to do your duty, and get your ass chewed (or shot) off.
Posted by: dp | 2008-02-19 10:09:37 PM
Female Hyenas are the dominant sex among that species. Even female Hyena cubs dominate the adult males. Hyenas eat Lions but Lions won't eat Hyenas.
Thanks, dp, I've just found a new euphemism for Feminist.
Posted by: Speller | 2008-02-19 11:27:05 PM
Speller-Do you know that the female Hyena has a penis? It isn't functional, rather is used as a social "tool". Perhaps Hyenas have more in common with the other group than you imagined.
Posted by: dp | 2008-02-20 4:47:12 PM
It isn't really a penis, dp.
It is very unique among female mammals though.
K.D. Lang would be green with envy.
Posted by: Speller | 2008-02-20 4:50:24 PM
I have first hand information that KD doesn't suffer from that type of envy.
Posted by: dp | 2008-02-20 4:54:58 PM
Well I heard it straight from the horse's mouth in an interview last century when she had her 15 minutes of fame.
She said it would be really cool to have one and it was the only thing she envied in men.
Posted by: Speller | 2008-02-20 4:58:32 PM
I had the extreme misfortune of having to live in KD's neck of the woods for a few years. I really don't blame her for "turning" queer with the sampling of males she grew up with. It's been a few years so I don't remember details, but I knew one of her ex-girlfriends. Now that I think of it there was some envy happening there.
Posted by: dp | 2008-02-20 7:03:29 PM
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