Re: Women, Feminism

Steve C. Dotson (
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 17:51:10 -0700


On Mon, 25 Oct 1999 13:07:18 Renee Chantrill-Paul wrote: ...IMO, men and women are not equal but complimentary to one another and should focus on what "compliments" they have being the sex they were born with and cultivating them to achieve their goals.

I agree Renee, and thanks for mentioning Camile Pagila in a previous post. I relished reading her Playboy interview a few years ago, and I was astounded by her point of view, which was about as far from the typical "men are pigs" rhetoric as one can get.

My last girlfriend was a driven, career-oriented woman, but she had little use for the present state of the feminist movement. She appreciated the work that had been done that allowed her to enter the work-place, but she felt that the next step was up to her in actually living her life, not complaining for the sake of complaining.

I have often thought that some of the theories from evolutionary psychology of the last few years are an insightful (and perilous?) place for a man and a women to begin the sometimes arduous task of communicating with each other. It is less a than flattering picture, for men more so than women, (in particular, I'm thinking of Steven Pinker's last book, I think its called HOW THE MIND WORKS) but at least it is a framework. Camile Pagila, and like minded feminists seem willing to confront these physiological differences and use them to learn about how to get along.


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