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June 25, 2012

"The End of Men"

Atlantic asks, "What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women?"

I've long thought that unless you need someone to risk his neck to kill a whole lot of people he doesn't know--for which you probably want a man--women, as a group, are better human beings than men. So I'd give better than 50-50 odds that the trend discussed in the article will continue for at least some time.

UPDATE. Louis CK: "I don't think women are better than men. Men are a lot worse than women, though." (About the 2:16 mark.)

But the very same issue of Atlantic reveals an important limit to women's superiority: 

The reason so many women love him [John F. Kennedy] really has nothing to do with his actual accomplishments and everything to do with his being the kind of man whose every inclination runs counter to their best interests. If history—to say nothing of fictional characters, including the Dons, Draper and Juan—has taught us anything, it is that a significant number of women are desperately, often tragically, attracted to that very trait. . . .

All the aging hookers and cast-aside girlfriends with book contracts better take notice: We don’t care about you. JFK is more important to us than you can ever be, so you might as well keep quiet. The cause endures, sweetheart. The hope still lives. And the dream will never die.

Funny and sad at the same time.

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JorgXMcKie

As my wife [BS in Ecology, Ethology,and Environment] always says, "It's not that the biological 'urges' are so strong [they're usually not] but that they don't *ever* let up. And trying to ignore them or pretending that they don't exist doesn't help."

Ken

"unless you need someone to risk his neck to kill a whole lot of people he doesn't know--for which you probably want a man--women, as a group, are better human beings than men"

What a bunch of non-sense. If it wasn't for men, we'd still be shivering in caves somewhere because women wouldn't have risked getting burned to get fire. Women are good at a lot of things, but there are a lot of things they suck at. Taking a risk, any type of risk, is the number one thing they suck at. Being a good person means taking serious risks at times. Women are pretty good at standing behind men taking those risks, but taking it themselves... not so much.

Bernie

Or to put it another way, Men provide the progress, women provide the stability.

ErisGuy

In a postmodern world in which truth is socially constructed to serve the needs of authoritarian bureaucracies, women are the subjects naturally suited to being docilely ruled.

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