dinsdag 4 maart 2014

Appreciating Men

I got a very interesting email a couple of days ago the author of which observed that while women are still appreciated by men for giving birth, something which only a woman can do; the entrance of women in traditionally male occupations robs men of the appreciation of their unique male contributions to society. She asked me what I thought about it.

I think that because we live in a highly sophisticated technological society and are not fighting for survival every day it's easy to forget or disregard how essential men are for maintaining this civilisation. In fact, Western men not only maintain it, they have built it, too. Here is what Fred Reed wrote as a response to a feminist's claims that men are obsolete:

Listen, Corn Flower. Let’s think over this business of obsolete men. Reflect. You live in New York, in which every building was designed and built by men.  You perhaps use the subway, designed, built, and maintained by men. You travel at in a car, invented, designed, and built by men—a vehicle that you don’t understand (what is a cam lobe?) and couldn’t maintain (have you ever changed a tire? Could you even find the tires?), and you do this on roads designed, built, and maintained by men. You fly in aircraft designed, built, and maintained by men, which you do not understand (what, Moon Pie, is a high-bypass turbofan?) 

In short, as you run from convention to convention, peeing on hydrants, you depend utterly on men to keep you fed (via tractors designed by men, guided by GPS invented, designed, and launched by men, on farms run by men), and comfy (air conditioning invented…but need I repeat myself?)

(Read the whole article here)
  Check also  this one by Camille Paglia. While I disagree with her ideas of equality or the necessity of women to assert power through sex appeal, here is what she has to say about men:

Indeed, men are absolutely indispensable right now, invisible as it is to most feminists, who seem blind to the infrastructure that makes their own work lives possible. It is overwhelmingly men who do the dirty, dangerous work of building roads, pouring concrete, laying bricks, tarring roofs, hanging electric wires, excavating natural gas and sewage lines, cutting and clearing trees, and bulldozing the landscape for housing developments. It is men who heft and weld the giant steel beams that frame our office buildings, and it is men who do the hair-raising work of insetting and sealing the finely tempered plate-glass windows of skyscrapers 50 stories tall.

Women may be in the army, but the physical requirements for them are still significantly lower than for the men doing the same job. Here is just one article on the topic. That's what a US marine had to say on the topic:

Oh, and the majority of the deaths in combat are MEN, the majority of the deaths in non combat related accidents are MEN, the majority of PTSD/depression/mental illness cases as a result of combat are MEN, majority of suicides in the military are MEN.  

(Read the whole comment over here; warning: explicit language and content, read at your own discretion). 

While talking about achievements of men, let's not forget the modern medicine. Take antibiotics, for instance. How many people used to die before their introduction? Discovered by a man. 

I could go on but I think you get my point. It's time Western women started appreciating Western men for the amazing civilisation they built and for their daily efforts to maintain it and to make life easier and safer for everyone. 

The video below perfectly illustrates just one of the many dangerous jobs men do:

 

6 opmerkingen:

  1. Men did those things because they prohibited women from making any contributions to society. Now that we can be something other than cowardly, dimwitted, doormats, women will start racking up accomplishments as well.

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  2. If men could prohibit women from doing anything it already proves that women aren't men's equals. Why wasn't it vice versa, pray tell me? Also, did the article by Camille Paglia go entirely over your head? Who prohibits women nowadays from doing all the things she describes men doing? What about military standards, why can't women keep up with men, is it because oppressive patriarchy is holding them down? Fleming made his discovery in 1928, it was already after M-me Curie and women graduated from universities and medical schools.

    Also I can't believe my eyes, but did you just call feminine women (you know the ones who don't experience the need to compete with men) cowardly dimwitted doormats? Well, better this than a feminist ball-buster, I guess.

    Competing with men is sooo 1968.

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  3. That's the classic feminist argument: that housewives don't contribute to society. Well I'm much happier being married to a man rather than a job!

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  4. Some people have difficulty comprehending sexual dimorphism in humans:) Men are men and women are women, they both contribute to society but in different ways, both are necessary but different in function. Men make a living, women make life worth living, as an old proverb goes.

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    1. I love that old proverb, and I couldn't agree more! I love men! I cannot wait to be a homemaker when I am married. Thank you for this post, men need our love and support and above all, respect.

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    2. You are welcome! Men and women need each other, this nonsensical war between the sexes has to stop.

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