Burt Prelutsky / Sep. 26, 2010

Are Men the Weaker Sex?

I'm not one of those guys who took umbrage at the Women's Movement. If the ladies wanted to have careers, it was okay with me. If they wanted to be paid the same as men for doing the same job, that seemed fair to me. I admit I did get my back up when they started talking about comparable jobs, as if being a waitress were the same as, say, being a fireman. Jobs are not comparable. They are either the same or they're different. But that's a minor matter.

I’m not one of those guys who took umbrage at the Women’s Movement. If the ladies wanted to have careers, it was okay with me. If they wanted to be paid the same as men for doing the same job, that seemed fair to me. I admit I did get my back up when they started talking about comparable jobs, as if being a waitress were the same as, say, being a fireman. Jobs are not comparable. They are either the same or they’re different. But that’s a minor matter.

However, there were a couple of items in the feminist’s manifesto that annoyed me more than slightly. The first was the presumption on the part of women that they weren’t merely the equal of men, but clearly superior. This delusion was usually based on the cockeyed notion that women are simply nicer, kinder and less violently inclined, than men. Well, far from being the pacifists they like to think themselves, reality suggests just the opposite. It was Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and Martin Luther King, who lived and sometimes died while promoting non-violence. On the distaff side, we have the likes of Catherine the Great, Benazir Bhutto, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher, as examples of women who spoke loudly and carried a big stick.

In our own country, it’s Bill Clinton who spent eight years showing his sensitivity by biting his lower lip, a lot like a leading lady in a silent movie, whereas it’s Hillary who seems to wear the pants in the family and to relish tough talk and hardball politics.

The other thing that annoys me about what I think we can safely call the NOW woman is her hypocrisy. These women will justify any act of rudeness, even cruelty, on their part by announcing that men not only do the same thing all the time, but never suffer any repercussions.

Frankly, damsels, we’ve all grown weary of these self-serving mantras. “When a man does such-and-such,” they whine, “he’s described as strong, purposeful, and single-minded. But when a woman does it, she’s described as a shrew.” Or: “When a man does such-and-such, he’s called focused, and he’s admired by one and all. But when a woman behaves the same way, she’s called a bitch.”

Well, first I’d like to say that not every successful man happens to be a horse’s patootie, so why is it that so many women are eager to use only the ones who are rude and obnoxious as their role models?

On top of that, the women who parrot those silly clichés obviously don’t know what they’re talking about. The only people who defer to bullies and oafs are toadies and kiss-ups. If you’re unfortunate enough to depend on one of these ogres for your livelihood, you’re not likely to call him names in public or to his face. But only the daffiest woman could possibly imagine that he’s not roundly cussed out behind his back.

The fact that so many women seem to be unaware of this obvious fact of life strongly suggests that most men, to their credit, tend to watch their language in the presence of women.

Finally, while it’s true that men will tend to call a nasty female a bitch, I’ll wager they don’t use the word nearly as frequently as women do. Moreover, compared to the names that come so readily to our lips when discussing some overbearing male, “bitch” nearly qualifies as an endearment.

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