Joined: June 2006
|Quote (The Ghost of Paley @ Oct. 31 2006,10:28)|
|I beg to differ, because the cause of the behavioral differences is rooted in biology. Women are hardwired to respond to confident, dominant males, and this is reflected in the socialization process. By the way, I've heard that young Canadian women are easy marks for any hustler. My experiences mirror this: confident, brash young women are the most easily manipulated women. It's the traditional women that are tough.|
I'm not so sure that the cause of behavioural differences are rooted in biology in this case. I admit that this could very well be true, probably is true to some degree, but I'd like to see some proper research that points to that conclusion.
Again: from what I have observed it's very much a result of social factors. Paley, you have a very traditional, conservative concept of women, which grows out of the patriarchal value system that women have been steadily emerging from for the past century, but is still preponderant in many parts of the world. Montreal was one such society during the "dark ages" of Quebec when the entire province was heavily Church-oriented and economically/culturally/socially stagnant. When the
Quiet Revolution came along and destroyed the old system, the city did a complete about face and is now an ultra-left core, and needless to say, the social values are completely different. The values that you are familiar with are not instilled in the minds of women here, they aren't part of the socialization process, they don't really exist. As a result, female Montrealers are very different. So are the men.
I suppose one only needs to look to matriarchal societies of the past and present to understand my point. It would be very unlikely that they would exist if human biology is averse them.
As for Canadian women being particularily vulnerable: I'ven't heard anything like that up here, so I can't really comment. I would be interested in seeings some stats that suggest this, if you can dig any up. One thing though: I would definetely be careful when refering to "Canadian women", given that Canadian citizens do not have a coherent national identity, and therefore few unifying traits. We're not like the United States, or Germany, or other patriotic nations. Everything is regional up here, to the extreme; the people in British Columbia seem like complete foreigners next to the folks in the Prairies, etc. It's why there are secession movements in almost every province. But anyway, as an anecdote, one of my friends thwarted a hustler-type with a knife two weekends ago. So that's prety kickass.
Lastly, I'm afraid I don't understand how confident, headstrong women are more easily manipulated than traditional women who willingly depend on the supposed dominance of men.