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AN ASEXUAL SOCIETY?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 27, 2013

BRYCE ON SOCIETY

– Which would you chose, better wages or a better job title?

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Last month, the Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff announced women soldiers would be allowed to be placed in combat situations, a somewhat controversial change in policy. I’m not sure how this will play in Poughkeepsie or just about anywhere else. I do not doubt the tenacity and determination of women soldiers, but their use in the infantry isn’t exactly being greeted with a lot of enthusiasm. This is another area where people are trying to press the envelope, perhaps for the wrong reasons, namely sexual equality.

Hollywood may be following suit. There is now talk about merging the best “actor” and “actress” categories into a single gender neutral grouping. Some people welcome this merger, others see it as a threat to women, such as Sally Field who recently claimed such a merger would prove disastrous to recognizing women. Personally, I’m old-school and still make the distinction of “actors” and “actresses.” Referring to a woman as an “actor” just seems silly regardless of political correctness.

I’m a little surprised the gender neutral people are not advocating a similar position in sports. After all, if women and men can now face each other on the battlefield, why not the playing fields? The answer is rather obvious, the physical differences between the sexes. I really do not think it would be fair to permit a woman to face the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers, or go one-on-one against the Boston Celtics, or hockey or baseball. I’m certainly not trying to provoke a Bobby Riggs challenge to women in these sports, only to recognize the obvious physical differences. In boxing and wrestling there are “classes” dividing the competition, such as flyweight versus heavyweight, which observes physical differences in order to provide fair competition. I do not see the separation of men and women in athletics as being any different.

There are obviously things women can do better than men. Going back to acting, there are scenes women can portray more convincingly than men, such as sorrow, affection, and concern. Meryl Streep is often recognized for the variety of roles she has played. There have been many others over the years as well, such as Katharine Hepburn, Betty Davis, Myrna Loy, Patricia Neal, and many others, who could do scenes that men couldn’t possible hope to replicate. A flash of their eyes alone can speak volumes. Conversely, there are scenes men can do more convincingly than women. So why not celebrate our differences as opposed to merging them into something indiscernible?

Gender neutrality is always a touchy subject. However, this is less about equality among the sexes and more about what is practical and fair. There will always be people though who want to press this issue to the sublime. Frankly, some things should just be left alone.

I wonder how the DOD will react when women soldiers are captured in combat. Do they believe our enemies will observe their human rights? My guess is they will be treated more brutally than men. Maybe this is the type of equality the gender neutral proponents are looking for. You cannot help but wonder if this new policy will hurt or help our effectiveness in combat situations. I guess we are about to find out.

No, I do not believe in an asexual society. We should celebrate our differences as opposed to trying to merge us into one. And, Yes, I will continue to use the word, “actress.”

Keep the Faith!

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7 Responses to “AN ASEXUAL SOCIETY?”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A G.B. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “Dr. Benjamin Carlson is a strong opponent of “PC”, political correctness. One of my heroes.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A J.U. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “No way that woman can win with those FMP shoes on.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “You make a good point about the differences between men and women, whether it’s in combat or on the silver screen. Each gender has strengths that are better and more appropriately applied in given situations. The only exceptions I can think of might be Mary Martin and Cathy Rigby playing Peter Pan. Early Shakespearean productions featured all male actors, even in the female roles. I’m sure they were no match for Meryl Streep, but it was the custom.

    Actress is a word for a female actor. When the roles specify males or females, there should be a separate award category for each. It occurs to me that while there is a movement toward gender neutrality, there are others that claim a right to a separate status. LGBT and racial groups have lobbied for separate status in beauty pageants, employment situations, college financial aid and social clubs. It’s confusing at best.”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A B.W. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “The underlying problem came about when somebody took mathematics and tried to make them social by introducing the word equality. Sadly, in society there is no such thing, No where can you balance society with an = sign. In the many years I built furniture for folks in my shop, I never met anyone who was equal with everyone else. All are unique and different. However,if I am going to condemn those who make = social then I must also condemn those who coined the phrase political correctness, This to is a baseless assumption,

    Now lets take a group of randomly selected people and set them aside in a community, give each and identical house and identical job and identical amounts of money, Let’s say we start this project in January, if we go back and check on them in March, we will find the 2% has most of the money and all are dissatisfied with their lives. Some have lost almost everything and some have almost everything.Although everyone started off equal. Equal can not be mandated by law, neither can morality. Try as we will to make the poor rich, it can not be done. Yet, I have wondered on many occasions if this is not an orchestrated plan to keep the world in turmoil while some enjoy the amenities of life and others the drudges. While I abhor conspiracy theories, I think there may be some afoot.

    Me personally, I still put respectable women on a pedestal. God’s gift to man. I do believer that women who do “Equal” work should receive equal benefits and wages. However I seldom see that in the work place, especially for women whom the world see as good looking, Men will fall over backwards doing a job for them just to draw their attention.

    Now for those woman who demand equality, Let’s have one restroom for both men and women and take away any distinction of clothing make the clothing available to both sexes the same. For that matter let us even remove the labels, men and women.

    But then of course we would have to deal with the gay population who would protest that too.

    Solutions? there are none, We would have to start completely over again and introduce morality and love and charity as the models of society. I don’t see that happening.

    Maybe we need another world wide flood.

    Your article was correct in time and content, no matter whether I like it or not. Keep the faith.

    By the way just for your information, this is my status as to today, not sure what the future will bring but I have a great faith in God.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    An O.R. of San Francisco, California wrote…

    “I think that we do not have an asexual society. The actress and actor terms are still being used by older folk, but the younger folk use actor for all those people who act. This is not a problem. Changing the awards so that only one person wins is about saving money, not about being equal. As for the soldiers permitting women to fight, there have already been women in the services for a long time. We have already had women who were prisoners of war, so it will not matter in that regard. Each time a man gets his life saved by a woman, he will thank his government and the DOD for giving the rights to women.”

    TIM’S REPLY: “I have no problem with women in the military whatsoever, I just question the capacity they serve. A woman fighter pilot, no problem. Hand-to-hand infantry combat, that’s another subject altogether. As the DOD points out, the women have to pass the same tests as men. What they haven’t told you is they have lowered their standards to compete. None could have passed the old tests.

    As to the Oscars, the change is being proposed for gender-neutrality purposes, not for economics.

    As I said, it is going to be interesting to see how this all works out in the military.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “I agree. We are different than men and “vive le difference””

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A K.P. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “Right on! I am of the opinion we should celebrate the genders not try and remake them. If more women would just embrace being women and not men lite, there would be less social issues. The nonsense the academics teach our children on gender is over a hundred years old and has been debunked. Equality between the genders does not require losing what makes each gender unique. That leads to a lack of self respect, and pray who will respect you if you do not respect yourself. Some of the lyrics could be updated but one of my favorite songs is from the movie theDrum Drum Song: I Enjoy Being A Girl.”

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