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Re: Sexism

Dec 04, 1996 06:08 PM
by CDGertrude

> Bart Lidofsky <> wrote:
> > wrote:
> >> Sexism is: 'the economic exploitation and social domination of members of
> >> one sex by the other, specifically of women by men' - Webster's Dictionary.
> It is natural for men to dominate women, since they are stronger, both
> physically and volitionally.  Most women want this, preferring men to be the
> leaders.  "Exploitation" has negative connotations of injustice, which is
> distinct from domination.
> >> In this world we live in now, it is considered "inferior" to think
> >> emotionally, whereby those who think logically are considered "superior."
> >> If someone put two people in front of us, and asked us to choose who we
> >> would want to lead, or be in authority - whom do you think we would choose
> >> if we took as law the statement you claim to agree with?
> I do not understand what it means to think emotionally.  I do not regard
> your question as very difficult, since I would choose a leader who acted as
> a result of thinking logically over one who acted emotionally without
> hesitation.  That is one reason why men are leaders, since they do this
> better than women do.  I would not want to count on an emotional leader to
> win a war for me.
> >	Actually, what is needed is a good balance of logic and emotion.
> They both have their purposes.  Emotion is a good source of information.
> Logic is a tool for determining truth.  Being "emotional," though, in the
> sense of acting irrationally, as opposed to thinking logically, is a
> typically feminine weakness.
> >> To say that "men
> >> are more logical than women and that women are more emotional then men" is,
> >> and I use this term again, simplistic.  And it horribly shortchanges
> >> individuals and society.
> This implies that you regard generalizations as having no exceptions, when
> it is just the opposite.  There are all kinds of logical women and emotional
> men, but that does not make the general statement false.  I neither see how
> it is simplistic nor how it shortchanges anyone.  To say that, in general,
> men and women are exactly as logical and as emotional as each other, as you
> are implying, does not avoid making generalizations, which seems to be your
> goal.
> >> It is this kind of thinking that leads to social
> >> domination - how many of us have heard a women being dismissed with the
> >> expression, "She's definitely on the rag!" or "must be PMS!" when she
> >> strongly voices an opinion.
> In many cases, it is true.  PMS and irrationality are correlated.

So what do you call it when a male acts irrationally?  Male Answer Syndrome??
And what's this about female weakness??
Seems to me you have a lot to learn about basic human understanding and
acceptance..much less theosophy!
Gertrude the Churchmouse

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