In the feminist revolution of the 1960s we saw a great departure from the previous notion of feminism.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, a prominent and intelligent feminist of the 19th century, advocated the equality of women and their introduction into the public life while retaining a sense of the natural sphere that men and women have.
In the 19th century, it was a far clearer issue as most labor was still fundamentally very manual labor and due to the larger physiques of men and superior upper body strength men were far more suited for the labor of the time. Furthermore, due to lack of effective contraception and the general necessity of children and the trends in the lifestyles of the time, there were larger families and a lot more house work that would have to be performed to make the household function.
She painted a harmonious picture of men and women being separate in their roles within the society though fundamentally the same.
Of course, as the industrial revolution proceeded to its clear end and more work was being done with more sophisticated technology, the notion of the woman’s role being in the home was drastically altered… And to some extent, rightfully so. In intellectual faculties men and women are the same though emotions and attitudes may differ due to chemical differences within them and the natural social factors that divide men and women.
Now we must think of the roles of men and women today.
There is a poisonous thought that exists out there, that denies men and women of the natural beauty and glory within their differences, that seeks to prove that there is literally no difference between men and women except for those that are socially created. The idea that we can abolish gender roles all together…
This is damaging and unscientific. Men produce forty to sixty times more testosterone — testosterone, though it does not make one inherently more aggressive due to the fact that behaviors can be controlled, can be shown to make men less inhibited towards aggression. Animal species with lower levels of testosterone are less aggressive.
Thus, men will have different natural views of violent behavior and aggressive behavior. This wouldn’t just effect the notion that men may be more aggressive in a sense of violence but could also attest to the sense of ambition that men may have — pursuing goals with more reckless abandon, etc. Continue reading