Monday, April 06, 2009

An Unhealthy Obsession

Many nations have their unhealthy obsessions—some more than others—but one that seems to be of a universal nature is that men, by and large, desire sons in preference to daughters. Right now this appears to be reaching epidemic proportions in China, where people are so desperate for sons that kidnappings are becoming commonplace. An example that epitomizes how sick this whole thing really is, can be seen in this quote from the NYT:

"A girl is just not as good as a son. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. If you don’t have a son, you are not as good as other people who have one."
SU QINGCAI, a tea farmer in China who paid $3,500 for a 5-year-old boy.

Bizarre? Maybe, but it's really just one more expression of an obsession and attitude that has been at the root of gender discrimination almost forever. Yet, at the same time, it's been noted that the great Indian Emperor Chandragupta Maurya was guarded by a cadre of Amazons, loyal only to himself—equals of any man. Ladies, one would think, to be very scared of.

My almost-contempt for those who think that women are inferior to men in anything but certain innate likely physical attributes is profound; and anybody who has read my novels will surely have discerned this this. They're 'different', but 'difference' does not per se confer superiority/inferiority or say anything about 'quality', either as a human being or as a member of a society. Anybody who thinks it does, is definitely inferior!

And, just to rub it in, never forget this: females are far more important for the survival of any mammal species than males. If there's any reason to drag in biology as a rationale for superiority, the ladies win hands down.

Guys: you're just incidental, and a few of you would do just as well as a crapload; though the latter would provide desirable genetic variety; but that's hardly something to brag about. The only way you can really be worth anything, the only way you can rise above your essential biological irrelevane, is by your deeds. Surely this must be limpidly obvious to all but the utterly dull of mind and spirit.

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