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Batlle Of The Sexes?
« on: September 02, 2001, 16:34:00 »
Don't know if this fits with anything we've talked about, but I think this guy makes a point. This comes from a site called -fredoneverything- the guy is poigniant, down to earth and calls a spade a spade, without being racsist or sexist. He hits the nail on the head. You may not agree, but he's well worth reading. Narrative follows:

The two great social adventures undertaken by the United States in the last century have been first racial and, second, sexual integration. Racial integration hasn�t worked well, because the races are simply too different. Blacks have progressed economically, but they remain deeply hostile to whites, and apparently incapable of assimilating.
      One may wonder: Will sexual integration work better? Or are there intractable sexual
 differences, whose existence we refuse to admit, that will bollix things? Believing that something ought to work is not the same as establishing that it will.
      The premise of the current adventure is that men and woman are fungible -- that, perhaps after a bumpy start, and with the temporary encouragement of affirmative action, the sexes will work happily, and interchangeably, side by side. Any doubts regarding the probability of this sunny consummation are held to represent the most retrograde of social thought.
      These were of course precisely the premises of racial integration.
      To phrase it differently, can anyone who has been married believe that the countless
incompatibililities, and ways of thought opaque to the other sex, will somehow vanish in public life?
       
      For example, the sexes handle disagreement differently. Men keep conflict carefully impersonal.
       
      They know that conflict can quickly become physical. It�s how men are. In the past, quarrels led to fighting and, perhaps, death. Today, even in the office, push a man too hard and he will revert to the instinctive: �What is your freaking problem?� The body language, unnoticed but decidedly read, will say, �Shut up or escalate.�
       Men don�t like to do either. They keep disagreement abstract. It is safer.
       Women by contrast prefer the personal and emotional. When a woman is angry, she becomes personally disagreeable in ways that would leave a man picking up his teeth. Men, wired to avoid the personal, to regard personal attack as serious, do not know what to do in the face of uncontrolled anger, tears, or  emotionalism. In private life, they flee. At work, where women have real power, shrugging it off doesn work.
       By instinct men back down from angry women when, today, backing down isn�t a good idea. This may be the determining idea of the coming century. Further, men like hierarchy. In a sense it permits impersonality: You obey the rank, not the man. From a
man�s point of view, the effect is to promote efficiency, to allow a focus on the job at hand, while avoiding personal conflict. Women neither like nor respect hierarchy, particularly male hierarchy, and their mere presence short-circuits it. Sexual tension is inescapable among humans. Sex generates equality. A male colonel regards a male private as a subordinate. Instinctively he regards a female private as a woman. Both feel the
age-old contract, that women trade sex for anything they want, and men trade anything they have for sex.
       Most women in varying degrees will use the equation, while insisting otherwise. Men can�t. The greater the degree of hierarchy, the greater the divisiveness.
       The key word in all of this is instinct: We are wired to behave in these ways. When footsteps are heard downstairs at night, it is invariably the man who grabs the pistol and goes to adjust the burglar. A man, with a little encouragement, will open doors for a woman, take her coat, hold her chair. Only with the aid of powerful drugs could one imagine a woman doing these things for a man. For that matter, until recently men routinely paid for dates. Now women will often split the tab�but the woman never routinely pays. A man with an adequate salary will usually, and without objection, support a woman who doesn�t work, but the reverse is almost never true.
       This isn�t simple gold-digging. Rather, women seem by instinct to expect to be cared for by men, and men expect to do it. It no longer makes economic sense. The instinct remains.
       The conflict between the instinctive desire to be protected, and the political determination to have no part of it, plays a large part in sexual politics. Note the near-hysteria of the hostility to Deadbeat Dads � that is, men who don�t meet the expectations of instinct.
       We are dealing with inbuilt behavior, and telling ourselves it is politics. Note that women unendingly demand more funding for medical research into diseases peculiar to women. Yet it is common knowledge that men die some seven years earlier than women, suggesting starkly that men, not women, need more research. Never in fifty years on the planet have I heard any woman, ever, say, �My god, our men are dying. We must do something.� Why not?
       Either (a) women are grotesquely selfish or (b) they are wired to look after their own physical well-being, and that of the children, while letting men take care of themselves. Since women do not in general seem to be selfish, I�ll take (b).
       Finally, and crucially: The women�s movement today is no longer a quest for equality. It was, but isn�t. It has become instead a drive for revenge, for power, and for domination over and humiliation of men. It is never phrased this way, of course. For tactical reasons, feminists trade in the highly solvent currency of rights, justice, discrimination, and victimhood. Men say little. They cannot afford psychologically to admit the extent to which they are being walked on.
       But think about what is actually happening. For example, the campaign to force Virginia Military Institute first to accept girls and second, to retain pregnant ones, was hardly founded on a pent-up desire among women to be in the infantry. The intent was to humiliate a profoundly male institution, and force men to swallow it. It worked.
       The campaign of humiliation has succeeded all across the country, too wildly for easy explanation. Males in offices tremble in fear of charges of harassment. Powerful editors are afraid to be alone with a woman in their offices. A female officer in the military can complain that a morning run is demeaning, whereupon the Pentagon will obediently stop the runs. Think carefully about this: The Joint Chiefs of Staff are afraid of a woman who doesn�t feel like running. Something strange is happening.
       The truth is that men are crawling like neutered poodles, and feminists are quietly laughing. They are instinctively contemptuous of men they can push around, which today means almost all of them. It�s fascinating, twisted, almost kinky. One thinks of a dog rolling over to bare its throat to appease a bigger dog.
       Whatever it is, wherever it is going, it is not as simple as we pretend. It is not even close.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2004, 11:05:57 by Bruce Monkhouse »
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Re: New Topic?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2001, 21:00:00 »
Centurian, if you believe that "fredoneverything" has a point then you are smoking dope.  I read through the material posted.  Yes he tries to discuss the differences between men and women and the problems of lobbyist influencing the political thought process, however, he misses the point of what racial and sexual integration is trying to
accomplish.  Moreover his statement that " races are simply too different" is in fact a racist statement.  Sure men and women are different but it doesn‘t mean that they can‘t do the same jobs just as well as men.  

If you want to talk about standards and appropriate specifications for each job that‘s fine. But as far as "fredoneverything" being a source of repute if I were you I‘d file his comments in your recycle bin.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2001, 18:04:00 »
If fredoneverything is right then Afghanistan must be on the right track. And South Africa had it right on until the PC world straighten them out. Give me a brake. People with these ideas belong in the back hills of Tennessee. There is no such thing as racial integration in the US Army, because it is now second nature and 20 yrs in the future, I hope sexual integration is the same.

All I say is, level the playing field and let everyone who wants to be in, be in. And I don‘t mean lower standards but apply the same standards to everyone. And let the standards be realistic to what has to be done. It just means be fair. And that is all it comes down to.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2001, 18:17:00 »
CRAP CRAP AND MORE CRAP
NO offense Centurian but this individual doesn‘t cut it with me.  His remarks reference the "races" not able to work together is a load and shows the author ( Fred is a cop scary ) has too much time and not enough imagination.  For a good read go to "regimaental rogue " theres a link from this site.  Much more enlightening and intelligent.

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2001, 02:51:00 »
a nice "self -subtanciating " read if you never done it! give me a break!

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Re: New Topic?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2001, 09:12:00 »
I have to agree with the others - the assertion that the races are not able to be assimilated is stupid - and has been proven wrong here in Canada.  Just because blacks in the US maintain their own culture away from white culture does not mean they are incapable of assimilating into another one - it means they don‘t WANT to.  And seeing as the popular media and culture encourages blacks to express their own culture, they don‘t have much impetus to do so.  So any claim that they are incapable is not proven.

When they have to - ie when a black man joins the Army, or a police force, for example - they have proven quite capable indeed of suppressing any desire they might have to wear a bone through their nose.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2001, 11:30:00 »
I think it makes for interesting reading however I don‘t really know how different the races really are. I guess it goes to show that things in the US (racially speaking) are a bit different than here. More interesting though is the gender integration part and how no-one has really replied to it. What do people think about it? Does the interaction, conscious and unconscious, that goes on between men and women make any difference in s profession as intimate as soldiering?
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2001, 12:18:00 »
Andyboy, men and women are physically different!  It doesn‘t mean men and women can‘t work together and it doesn‘t mean women can‘t be soldiers.  Not all men can be soldiers and it stands to reason that all not all women can be soldiers.  It is a pretty safe assumption that a higher percentage of women can not be soldiers.

Having said that, it is incumbant on the CF to ensure that anyone (male or female) is allowed the opportunity (no artificial barriers) to meet the standard required to be a soldier.  As I stated above and have stated previously, if you want to talk about standards being low, if fair ball, however, to state that standards have been lowered because of women, is a false statement.

The military has to be able to substantiate and quantify why a standard is used.  If they cannot do that, a nice lady in comfortable shoes trying to make a name for herself will do it for the military.
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Re: New Topic?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2001, 13:33:00 »
Gunner,

I don‘t think you have answered the question. Mixing sexual persuasions leads to inevitable (yes inevitable, it‘s human nature) reactions based on our instinct to want to procreate. My question is if we are to have mixed gender units how do we deal with it? Should we just pretend it doesn‘t exist?

Further, I think you should cease reading meaning into what people write. Look at what is there. Did I say women and men are physically the same? Did I say all men could be soldiers? Did I say women couldn‘t? Did I say they couldn‘t work to gether? I asked a simple question. Don‘t be so preachy, it‘s pretty irritating.
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Re: New Topic?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2001, 14:22:00 »
OK Guys,
I‘ll concede to your opinions on the racial part of the article. I have to agree with you there. That was just a small part at the beginning, that personally, I glossed over. Without agreeing 100% with the guy, I thought what he had to say about the sexes was thought provoking, maybe not right or pc or Canadian mind set, or whatever. I wanted to generate some dialog after the summer doldrums is all, and the guy‘s obviously a lightning rod. Don‘t shoot the messenger, please!!!
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2001, 20:08:00 »
>reactions based on our instinct to want to procreate.

Surely if we (the military) can discipline ourselves to overcome the reaction to run away based on our instinct to want to live, we can discipline ourselves to overcome anything less.
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2001, 23:45:00 »
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[qb]>reactions based on our instinct to want to procreate.

Surely if we (the military) can discipline ourselves to overcome the reaction to run away based on our instinct to want to live, we can discipline ourselves to overcome anything less.[/qb]

I don‘t think anybody could have phrased that better if they tried!  Well done.
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2001, 00:01:00 »
I‘m not sure why the military gets twisted out of shape about men and women having sex. If two people want to bump uglies, isn‘t that their choice?  Having sex while you are suppose to be on duty (fire piquet, standing guard, etc) is simply a dereliction of duty and you get charged for it.  It seems we "what if" ourselves to death.  

For example, women weren‘t allowed to serve on an Oberon sub (since changed with the introduction of the Victoria class) because of the close quarters.  Well, let‘s start treating solddiers, sailor sand air crew as adults and keep our focus on training and operations.

The military shouldn‘t be in the beds of the barracks!
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2001, 07:37:00 »
-Surely if we (the military) can discipline ourselves to overcome the reaction to run away based on our instinct to want to live, we can discipline ourselves to overcome anything less.

Good point except we spend 99% of our time (100% in some cases) not under fire and simply co-habitating. That much time spend under the stress of any resistance to natural desires will eventually lead to breakdown. Are you guys saying it won‘t? Are you suggesting that there is no fraternization going on? If so you are fooling yourselves and in so doing refusing to see a potential problem.
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