It is evident that the roles of men are rapidly changing with respect to the roles of women. Why has that come about and are there side affects that are not evident?
However, before the shouting starts, let us men pay tribute to the women of the World and the women in our lives with an ODE TO WOMEN
DNA may be viewed as a parallel to a Requistion / Specification, together with a pack of A1 Construction Drawings, from which a Oil and Gas Plant would be constructed. The connection being that within the DNA are all the commands to build a human being that is a unique human being and, then, for the human being to operate for 70 plus years before it may fail. However, the DNA has two basic specifications, Type A for women and Type B for men. Now, in years past, I would have written that as Type A for men and Type B for women. So what has made me place the woman ahead of the man in this simple sentence. It is because society has reduced the role of men and enhanced the role of women to a point were a backlash may be expected. In a few short years the role for men that has been established, by nature and natural forces, over thousands, ney millions, of years has been downgraded. This role reversal may please many, if not all, women but are there downsides and do women really want to be seen as the dominent sex when women have always had in their tool box a tool that easily overcomes most of the males defensive systems which is built into a womans DNA?
It is believed that anyone can turn their memory back or watch old movies to agree that the products of the average DNA have markedly gone up in specification over lifetimes. Should we care to enter into the past by visiting a series of museums we would be able to see that, on average and in times past, the female skeleton was much lighter, on average, than a male skeleton and the female head, on average, was much smaller than the average males head. Further, the bone average diameter within a female skeleton was much smaller than the bone average diameter of the male skeleton. Why the foregoing is the case is still open to conjecture and research. However, the differences remain today, albeit that both skeletons have increased in height
I recall in my teens having my first sight of a Ford Pilot. This car was garaged alongside my first car which was a Ford Prefect. I never knew or met the owner of the Ford Pilot but I did know that the car door was not locked and so eventually, and carefully, I would slide into the drivers seat of the Ford Pilot. I was approching 19 years of age, of average weight, average height and above average arm and leg strength as I played a lot of sport. However, as I sat in the drivers seat, pulling on the wheel and pushing the pedals, I came to the conclusion that driving the Ford Pilot, over long distances, would be a difficult proposition. Recall that, at that time, cars in general were not fitted with power assistance, as they are today. Much later, I was to drive an E Type Jaguar, at Silverstone, which also did not have power assistance. The Ford Pilot and the Jaguar E Type would be similar in the strengths required to manouvre at low speed getting lighter as the road speed increased but never aproaching the lightness of modern cars with power assistence. Accordingly, driving a car without power assistance would soon tire out the average female and be a wearying experience to the average man
With the foregoing in mind I was walking home, with my partner, from a shopping mall in Bogota, hauling behind me a two wheel Shopping Trolly which was fully loaded. My wife and I got into a conversation about the difficulty in controlling the Shopping Trolley and I jokingly said “it has no power assistance”. My wife did not get this joke and so I described what it was like to drive a car without power assistance. As she is younger than me she has never had to drive a car without power assistance and so when I told her she would not be able to handle an old Jaguar or a Ford Pilot my statement was met with laughter and the word “rubbish” or similar. Without the experience of handling a brute of a car she was convinced it would be no problem.
It has to be said that in the last World War many of the army trucks were driven by women but I believe the trucks driven by women would be of limited weight, for example an Ambulance or a jeep. I do not think they would be expected to manouvre a truck that pulled a ten ton gun for many hours. The foregoing leads me on to the position taken by many of todays modern women that anything a man can do a woman can do. It is agreed that women can do the majority of things that men can do and conversely men can do a lot of things that women can do. So what are the areas that are not common. Childbirth excluded the following are the things that are not common. The following are the authors first stab at creating actual differences. Physical strength, Spacial understanding, Focus, Determination, Leadership, Need to do challenging work
I first went to work in a company that produced cabling. The name of the company was the BICC. The company employed thousands of women to oversee the operation of the machines that produced the different specifications of electric cable. The women were happy enough to operate their machines, almost like robots, whilst carrying out conversations with the operator of the adjacent machines. From the start of the working day to the end of the working day , 5 days per week, the women worked in conditions that could be defined as being in a chicken coup. However, the turnover of women at the company was very, very low. Later in life I worked at the Ford Motor Company located at Halewood, Lancashire. There, thousands of men worked on the assembly lines assembling cars. The assembly line conveyor moved a car past a particular point at the rate of 4 cars a minute. In the short time that a car was at a particular point the man at that point would instal a part to the car as it moved along. Similar to the women at BICC, the men would have conversations with the men at the adjacent stations. However, the turnover of men at the Company was huge. That indicates the men were not happy at being constrained by the working practices of the Ford Motor Company,
Sometime in the early 1960s I went to sea as an Engineer. The work was hot, heavy and demanding. I never came across a woman at sea except for a visitor from a Swedish ship who happened to be the Radio Operator. When I was not at sea I was on leave and constant look out for a female companion even though i had my own male friends. What I found was that the women I saw around the village or the towns during the day all dissappeared as night fell. I could never fathom that at all. Accordingly, there appeared to be a division between men and women, whereby the men would be around during the day and in the pubs during the evening but the women only could be observed during the day. This was very frustrating. This constant drip drip led me to the understanding that women were different than men on many levels.
Thinking back about my understanding of girls at an early age of 19 years I understood that nature was driving me to find a mate. To me, this did not mean that it was a case of just finding a mate, it was first finding a girl that atracted me and that I enjoyed having the company of, continously, between, of course, having time with the lads. However, society, at that time had reared me to understand that a girl was to be, firstly respected, secondly to be cared for and defended and thirdly to be bedded. At that time it was second nature for me and men generally to be very courteous to girls and women in general by , for example, giving way on walkways and opening doors for them to pass. There was , however, some men who appeared to becoming the role models for young men and these role models had a different view on how they would handle the word “courteous”. The film industry was to dramatically change the roles of men and women. On the screen the first appearance of James Bond set the new direction where the handsome man bedded the beautiful women whilst fighting off the evil doers. Albert Finney showed that rather that bending to a womans domination the man would become rough and uncaring. Micahael Caine was the man who pulled the birds and then pulled all their feathers out. Richard Burton set out to dominate Elizabeth Taylor and that did not go to well but it screened so well as a cat via dog fight.
Another change that impacted mens view of women was the TV series “Coronation Street” followed by “Eastenders”. Both these productions had a Pub as the central point around which the “World” circulated. When Coronation street first was broadcast the scene shown in the “Rovers Return” was typical for a pub in the Manchester Area which would be typical for pubs in the UK in general. In monochrome, the scene was of the pub landlord, a few men drinkers and a female bar tender. There were very few disputes between the bar staff and the customers or between the customers. However, the TV company was ITV and they had to make money so transmitting a typical pub scene would be novel, to commence with, but would not attract the public. Accordingly, the script writers were told to make the pub scenes more confrontational. The change was to drive the pub to become a location in which everyone , men and women would be arguing punching and clawing at each other. The damaging aspect of this change was that young people, who had never been in a pub saw life outside of their home environment as one were confrontation was the norm and the name of the game.
There are, of course, aspects in life which women are very right to want change to occur. I believe that the original wish was for equality with men and having achieved a lot of progress in the original goal, there has been a change in the goal to one which makes the female dominent over the male. It maybe that this relationship is simply cyclic as women once held all the powerful positions in life. Augustus when the emperor addressed the assembly, ‘nature has made it so that we can not live with them particularly comfortably, but we can’t live without them at all.
Winding time back, to when men and women stood up on legs, to survive meant cooperation. This cooperation also reached out to ensuring the dominent male had offspring to carry his gene line forward. Accordingly, a male and female made a bond to achieve survival of themselves and their gene line. It may have been the case that the man and woman at that time may have been of comparable size however, one must have had an advatage over the other when it came to hunting as it seems that the tasks involved in the cooperation split into basically hunting for food and the preparation of food. For those who have had contact with Borneo it may be known that it is not possible to both get through a jungle safely at the same time as hunting. It is one or the other. This is the mantra of the SAS who do their training in the jungle near to the towns of Kuala Belait and Seria.
The above understanding would lead, step by step, to where the male, who went hunting, would be for many hours in a day doing physical work which slowly but surely built his body strength and body mass. The female, carrying out here part of the cooperation would not be stretched as must as the male and this may be the reason why their is and has been a significant difference in the average mass of a Man compared to a woman and a body with more strength than a woman.
The start of the concern is very early in life, for many, when some well meaning individual decides the toys you can play with and those you cannot play with. which will, as of todays standards, could set you apart from the rest of your gender. (The well meaning individual is generally group named as “liberal progressives”) “How so?” I may hear. Lets us take a short trip down memory lane when your parent(s) dropped you off at your first local dance event. You, as a young and inexpereinced young boy, or young girl for that matter, would not wish for your mother or father to walk with you into the dance hall. You are at the age when your body is changing and an age when you put your toys away. So, alone, you enter the dance hall to be confronted with a sight that all of us have experienced. Boys are stood on one side of the floor and girls are stood on the other side of the floor. Whatever gender you believe you are at that very moment you have to walk to the group that gives you the minimum of embarressment in joining. Having joined the group of boys you will notice that the group of girls are stood some 20 metres from you, across a no mans land that has to be crossed. But who will be the first to have the courage to cross that no mans land. Will it be a girl or a boy. Well, one thing is for sure, in my experience it was never a girl.
To be continued