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An Asexual Society?

Why are we trying to merge the sexes; what does this accomplish?

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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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-Ed Harris- March 01, 2013 at 07:33 PM
As for the "old school train of thought" when it comes to war, I am counting on bias to help keep us out of war. Many seem quick to send our sons off to die but maybe just maybe the thought of our daughters dying will make us mind our own business instead of jumping from the frying pan into the fire. As for sports, sorry to be the one to bring this up but there are plenty of women that can take on the Packers or any football teams front line. Yes you will see more and more women in group sports very soon. Whether it be the Army, the Dallas Cowboys or an office job in Valdosta, Ga the bottom line is that it doesn't really matter. The right person someday will get the job regardless for race, sex, religion or anything else. Yes, you may see a woman play guard for the Packers, so what! If they are better than the rest, let them do it. It's not about differences it's about willingness and ability to function at a given task. Want to celebrate something? Celebrate excellence without gender judgments.
Karen Miniter Patrick March 04, 2013 at 02:04 PM
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.
Martha Dunningham March 04, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Things are changing, you can change with them or be left behind. Your choice! But we are moving forward with or without you!

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