Quote# 125404

Originally Posted by Nerdlord View Post
Men and women are not wired the same. Evolution dictates that a woman take the safest approach to life in order to protect and nurture offspring long term. Men are programmed to take as much risk as possible in order to impregnate the highest number of females possible.

This raises an interesting point. In today's society we actively fight against our evolutionary hardwiring. A "strong woman" is seen as a woman who acts like a man and rejects her more feminine and nurturing instincts. We consider a well adjusted, modern man as someone who rejects or suppresses his masculine instincts to get in touch with his "feminine side".

If a woman earns more, often she will work and the man will stay home and care for the kids. Regardless of the fact that a woman would be naturally and instinctively better at child care than a man would. That's not an insult and it's certainly not true in ALL cases, but in the majority of them, it is.

Our differences complement each other. Why fight against them? Why treat a woman as a failure if she is inclined to be a mother and care for her kids at home?

We may THINK we've evolved beyond this or we are more "enlightened" nowadays but these hardwired instincts still inform everything we do, many times subconsciously.

It's why women are often attracted to jerks and why men are attracted to youth and beauty and often turned off by aggressive women who act like men.

This programming is thousands and thousands of years old. It isn't going to be overwritten in less than a hundred years. We can TRY but it ends up coming out sideways anyway.

Voiceofreazon, City-Data 9 Comments [3/15/2017 4:51:37 AM]
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One size doesn't fit all.

3/15/2017 5:50:20 AM

Voiceofrezon is a voice that doesn't understand evolution

3/15/2017 6:07:28 AM


Our lives are no longer being driven by our past evolutionary development.

3/15/2017 6:23:06 AM

Doubting Thomas

Kind of started out OK and then veered off into Republican misogyny land.

If a guy wants to stay home and raise his kids, who cares? Gender roles are so 1950.

3/15/2017 6:51:31 AM


Or we could just let people take the roles that suit them as individuals and not shame anyone for wanting to be more 'domestic' or more career-oriented or whatever.

3/15/2017 8:51:25 AM


@Malingspann said it already...

3/15/2017 9:15:00 AM

practical god

Even if all true, everyone was pretty miserable in your complementary society, so we're trying this new thing of being well-rounded individuals. We're not swapping, we're upgrading.

3/15/2017 11:06:43 AM


And pop evolutionary psychology strikes again. Take any kind of superstition you have, create some kind of fairy tale that is not directly falsifiable about how your favorite race/gender/whatever character trait has "evolved", state that this means that we can't fight nature and should discriminate because of that trait and boom! Instant justification for all your superstitions about everyone who isn't like you.

3/15/2017 5:02:12 PM

Mister Spak

He has a point. Many social pathologies are due to the instincts that kept our ape man ancestors alive 2 million years ago are not so useful in 2017, but those instincts still exist and drive our behavior.

3/16/2017 6:07:27 AM

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