Saturday, January 22, 2005

Women, Men, and Morality

Sticking your head in the guillotine and living to tell the tale.

From Nate @ The Pan Galactic Blogger Blaster:
So here it is... Women, as a group, have an under-developed sense of morality, compared to men. They have an over-developed sense of nice and not-nice, but because of the lack of moral clarity, it's disregarded at the drop of a purse.

Popular is the claim that women civilize men. As Spacebunny already noted, this will greatly depend on one's definition of "civilize". If you deem civilization to mean, "Being nice to each other", as Mr Webster (Yankee Bastard) does, then yes... women do in fact know a great deal about it. However, if you are refering to the law and order... moral center... right and wrong that hold society... civilization... together then women know approximately nothing about it, as a group anyway...

...What I'm saying basicly boils down to: Women are less likely to have strongly held views of right and wrong than men. Their views are more often subject to change based on emotional circumstances. Women are far more easily corrupted... and many need no corrupting at all. With them, right and wrong, is far more fluid than with men. Men violate the rules... perhaps even more often than women... the difference is, that the men who break the rules do so knowingly, while women will spout circumstances and make excuses... literally convincing themselves that what they did was "right"...

I agree. Not all women are like this, however, and given the increasing feminization of men in America, not all men are as described above, either. Space Bunny and Arielle (both of the female gender) make some outstanding points as well in the comments section.

I'll digress here from the topic at hand to point out an error in the author's well-reasoned opinion (Don't take it personally, Nate!): He used anecdotes. The problem with anecdotes is that there is always one that refutes your point, thereby virtually handing your opponent a counter to the argument.

That being said, anecdotes have their uses, just don't hang your hat on them.