My beautiful wife and daughters.
Also my beloved mother and grandmothers A’H.
As well as friends and colleagues.
I still remember the saying I used to hear growing up that girls are “sugar and spice and everything nice!”
In the bible, women are men’s “ezer kenegdo” literally translated as helpmates, and figuratively as companions.
There is a nice Jewish teaching that the word “kenegdo” has a double meaning that if a man is good then the women stands as his aide, but if he is bad that she stands against him–so men have to merit the love and kindness of their wives, and not just expect it, dutifully.
An interesting article written by Melvin Konner in the Wall Street Journal says that with women taking over more and more leadership roles in the workplace and in politics, the world will be a better place!
What served men well in a hunter-gather society–the male testosterone-driven biology–prepares men well for physical aggression, reproduction, and dominance, but also leads to overreaction to small threats, exaggerated violence, and recklessness that has brought “war, corruption, and scandal.”
However, in the current information technology society that we now live in, men’s physical strength and prowess is largely obsolete replaced by machines, robots, and drones. And women’s emancipation and rise to positions of power has led to situations where saner heads and compromise prevail, and as Senator Susan Collins (Maine) said:
“While male colleagues cross their arms and sulked, women crossed the aisles with phone calls, emails, and social media.”
From my experience, women can actually be the fiercer gender (testosterone or not), and a wise man does not mess with them! 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)