Are all men created equal?

Okay, I've got to say it - the Founding Fathers were simply wrong - all 'men' are not created equal.
We now know enough about biology, physiology, anatomy, mental capacity,reasoning ability, etc. to accept that no two people are created equal. Tribal ethnic members are different: hair growth, hair shape, bone structure, facial features, skin color, musculature, mental functioning, artistic abilities, etc. We are each unique individuals. Now they may have meant that all men should have equal opportunities, but that is even an error. There are just too many exceptions - disabled people, mentally deficient people, athletic prowess, etc. So, the USA was founded (and many laws since) on a mistaken notion of equality. The framers of the US Constitution may have meant that they wanted their beliefs to be accepted (at that time women, disabled people, dark-skinned people, natives, and slaves were not considered equal). At the time the "United" States founding fathers wrote "all 'men' are created equal" into government documents, women were second class citizens and Negroes were not classified as citizens at all. There is almost nothing equal about us.

The myth of Affirmative Action
AA plans rely on the assumption that all people are equally qualified for any job and should be represented in work forces in the same proportions as their self-identified special interest groups are to the total population. It is a quota system - proportionism. Jobs can be filled based on race, sex, or handicapped status. Bosses will be rated on how they meet the quotas. The effect over time is reduction of performance standards and morale, with increased turnover and recruitment costs. A better plan would be to employ strongly-validated, qualifications-based selection, training and promotion policies.

The myth of equal percentages
The notion that the makeup of a given body of people must match the ethnic makeup of the general population is harmful, discriminatory, and counterproductive to a united nation. The composition of a group should be based on individual merit, not ethnic quotas. As it is in athletic teams - there are tryouts to see who plays a particular position the best. Imagine if population percentages were required on the basketball court. A team would have about 3 and a half white folks, 1 Hispanic, less than 1 Negro, and less than one half Asian person. 2-3 of the starters would have to be women. Why doesn't our culture demand that? Because teams - and their fans - want to win.

The myth of women being paid less
Equal pay for equal work figures are incorrect. If companies could get the same performance from women but be able to pay less, women would be getting many more jobs. The figure is based on overall percentages, not job for job. Overall, women are, by choice, in lower paying jobs (nurses,teachers, caregivers). Factors: less technical education and desire, need to be away from work for childbirth, desire to be home with children. While there are certainly some employers who pay women less, be suspicious of those who still claim there is a huge discrepancy in gender equity pay.

Men and women are not equal
There is almost nothing men and women share equally. Different bone structure, musculature, emotional feelings, body fat percentage, and on and on. Men and women are not equal. Never have been. We are each unique individuals. Some of the findings from The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine:
• Girls go to the bathroom together because they like to intimately exchange the important details of the day which increases their oxytocin and dopamine levels (the feel-good pleasure neurons).
• Women use about 20,000 words a day; men about 7,000. Women have more communication events each day - gestures, words, facial expressions, and body language.
• The male brain is 9 to 10 percent larger than the female brain, especially during pregnancy when the mother's brain shrinks 8 percent. The female brain has more connections between the two brain hemispheres and 11-12 percent more brain cells in the area that has to do with perceiving and processing language.
• Women are considered subservient to men in almost all societies because of pregnancy. While Socrates and all other early great thinkers were sitting around thinking up solutions to problems and understanding the world, women chose to feed hungry mouths and wipe smelly bottoms.

A study in 2014 found that most brains have a mix of structures associated with traditional male and female traits and behavior, making every person an individual mosaic of gender-related characteristics. Israeli researchers analyzed 1,400 brain scans of 169 men and 112 women between 18 and 79 years old, zeroing in on brain regions whose size and pattern of connections are associated with gender differences such as aggression, empathy, risk tolerance, and spatial ability. They found that no more than 6 percent of brains were composed of all “male” or “female” structures. More than half the brains studied, however, contained a mix of these structures, indicating that most people fall somewhere along a gender spectrum, with some strengths and tendencies typically considered male and others female. The findings, says study author Daphna Joel, are consistent with a growing body of research suggesting that gender identity is formed through a complex interaction of genetic, hormonal, experiential, and environmental factors. “The idea of a unified ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ personality turns out not to describe real people,” Joel tells LiveScience.com. “It describes stereotypes to which we constantly compare ourselves and each other, but more people are ‘gender non-conforming’ than we generally realize.”
We each have a combination of feminine characteristics and qualities and masculine characteristics and qualities.

Feminine characteristics
• Nurturing
• Caring and compassion
• Sensitivity
• Sense of fashion/style
• Tunnel vision attention to detail
• Intimate relationships
• Verbal, wordy
• Sharing
• Secretive, coy, teasing, internal
• Bitchiness
• Speak French better

Masculine characteristics
• Physical strength
• Mechanical reasoning
• More hirsute
• Spatial reasoning and ability
• Logic and mathematical skills
• Aggression and assertiveness
• Power and control
• Assholiness
• Confrontational
• Authoritativeness
• Briefer communicators, less wordy
• Speak German better

Each person has a different combination, from heavy on the masculine side (moronic shallow testosteroned athletes) to heavy on the feminine side (moronic shallow flighty airheads). It seems that a good place to be is somewhere in the middle with a balanced combination of feminine and masculine qualities.

Design professions by gender characteristics

Masculine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feminine

Architects • Industrial • Theater 1 • Graphic • Fashion • Theater 2 • Interior
                          (sets, lighting, sound)                   (costume, makeup)

Various bits of wisdom, edited by Jim Watson

The guys' rules for women
• Men are not mind readers.
• Learn to work the toilet seat - if it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
• Shopping is not a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
• Crying is blackmail.
• Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
• Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
• Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
• If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like the soap opera guys.
• If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
• You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
• Men see in only 16 colors. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
• If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
• If we ask what is wrong and you say 'nothing,' we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
• If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.
• When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.
• Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.
• You have enough clothes.
• You have too many shoes.

Why women think men are happier people
Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

Your wrinkles just add character. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You can open all your own jars. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Wedding dress $5,000 - Tux rental $200. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. One wallet and one pair of shoes and one color for all seasons. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear no shirt to a water park. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You can do Christmas shopping for 12 relatives on December 24 in 40 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.

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