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When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Let's not SkirT the ReaL Issue

By now wev'e all heard the breaking news: A male high school student can wear a skirt to school after the American Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with school officials.
Fox News

I don't know about you but I can sleep much better now.
The district's dress code bans shorts between Oct. 1 and April 15, but allows skirts, a policy which one male student believes is discriminatory. The ACLU rides in on their androgynous horse and poof!..problem solved.
Or has it just begun?

Some will say this is NoT the issue here, but there are many layers to this onion.
Men and women have dressed differently from the dawn of civilization and despite efforts to gender neutralize and androgynize society..they always will.

Why is that?
Some will holler its all cultural conditioning and gender role socialization, and while that plays a part no doubt, the inherent differences between men and women remain inescapable.
There are functional differences between the sexes with respect to world view, behavior,attitudes and even temperament.Ask any parent of sons and daughters.
Sure, there are some exceptions to some of the normative differences but all political correctness aside for the moment..let's talk Facts.

By age 13 a female's muscle tissue consitutes 45% of her total body, then decreases somewhat.
By age 17,a male's muscle tissue constitutes 54% of his total body weight.
At age 16,the total muscle mass of women is 80% of the total muscle mass of man.

Women's bodies average 27% fat. Men's bodies average 15% fat.
While women ages 18-74 on average, weigh approximately 143 lbs; Men on average weigh 173.(Almanac of the American People,1988)

Hormonal secretion in the adult male is continous rather than cyclic, as in the female. It consists primarily of testosterone (a.k.a. the 'macho hormone').Women have two sex hormones,estrogen and progesterone which vary in their relationship at different times.
Do bodily differences and hormonal really differences matter? You decide.

88% of those arrested for murder are male.
Nearly 3,000 women are murdered by men each year.
Nearly 30,000 men are arrested for rape every year.
Over 100,000 men are arrested for robbery every year.
Nearly 89% of those arrested for aggravated assault are male compared to 13% female.
Nearly 89% of those arrested for arson yearly are male compared to 14% female.
It is generally recognized that the experience of sexual harassment is highly gendered. Most incidences of sexual harassment involve men harassing women.
US Merit systems production board

Who are you more afraid of alone in an elevator or in a dark alley..a man or a woman?

Nearly 30% of women dress more conservatively due to fear of crime; 62% of women are afraid to walk at night within a mile of their homes versus 29% of males.

Men comprise 80% of today's Military.
Close to 97% of US Firefighters are male.According to the NY Times, Monday, Jan.23,06-"..in the NYCity Fire Dept., the nations largest..only 36 of the 11,0430 uniformed firefighters are female.
Nearly 89% of police and detectives are male.

Who would you- for the most part- rather have defend you physically ..a man or woman?

But I overstate the point. Men and women are different.
Do the "clothes make the man"?

Women, as a group- have always and will always dress to please men.(hence the really comfortable and utilitarian stilleto heel)
They accentuate thier femininity and adorn themselves in every culture in the world (which allows it). They seek to be desired by the male, which may be an intrinsic quality to some extent.
Skirts have been worn by some cultures for modesty, so as not to reveal the feminine form as closely as pants can.
Some have chosen quite the contrary-wearing skirts to showcase female anatomy, specifically thighs and legs as a means of attracting the male.( the tight micro-mini skirt, hotpants)

Men,for the most part, on the contrary, dress more for utilitarian purposes and less for showcasing specific parts of the male anatomy. Hence the suit and tuxedo at a formal affair and for accepting an Academy Award versus the women's fashion show of form fitting gowns ,with plunging neck and back lines,jewelry, exotic hair styling and make up to enhance the female appeal.

Before you jump down my throat, I am aware that some of the fierciest warriors throughout history have gone to war in kilts. Prince Charles of Wales was often seen in his kilt. Hawaiian men in grass skirts,Middle Eastern men have worn kaftans, Balinese men in sarongs, Turks in wraps.

For daily living, men in western society,have generally never chosen the skirt as an article of clothing.
Furthermore,proponents of an individual-centered and a "gender-different" view hold that men and women dressing differently maintains a sharp demarcation between the sexes, which is actually healthy for gender identification and social functioning.
In other words, boys should know they are boys and girls should know they are girls.

As long as this is not used for misogyny or bias against either gender, it actually sets firm ego boundaries and helps girls and boys feel "normal" when they exhibit gender specific qualities.

But of course the ACLU and the political correctness machine would have you think there is no such thing as gender specific qualities...now wouldn't they?

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  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Joe said…

    Hey Angel,

    This is a great bit of research here. Thanks. Just in case anyone reading this thinks it takes a microbiologist to determine why men and women dress differently...check out the pic on my blog! Oh and I agree Angel...definately needs matching stillettos !!

    :) peace

  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    O yea I checked it out this morn Joe..kinna gives "I'm here to pump u up " a whole new meaning eh?..lolz

  • At 6:27 PM, Blogger Ayelet said…

    hence the really comfortable and utilitarian stilleto heel


  • At 7:19 PM, Blogger Aaroncoal said…

    Yet if I wear a cross around my neck I will "offend people."

  • At 7:28 PM, Blogger Dreamspinner said…

    The whole thing is just silly. Conformity is key in highschool. A guy wearing a skirt to school is inviting serious ridicule. What a waste of time, these lawsuits.

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    So true Aaron and Dream...but alas the beat goes on.....and the ACLU doesnt have a moment to breathe..theyre already on their next mission..suing the Fed Govt to not allowing a Muslim student in...egads.

  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger ptgal said…

    what will they think of next...

  • At 6:29 AM, Blogger GirlPower said…

    Im practically speechless!!! Isnt there a line they WONT cross?! Thanx for the great info WHT.

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Middle Class Guy said…

    This is another example of legal and economic terrorism. The ACLU, a legal economic terrorist group, treatens to sue. A tax based school district has to decide whether to cave in to terrorism or to spend valuable and finite dollars fighting. They cave in everytime.

    The ACLU knows that economics will win over specious legal theory everytime. They know they can send one intimidating and extortionist letter and they will win.

    I see no difference between the ACLU, the MAFIA, and terrorists.

    BTW, I know they are uncomfortable, but I like women in stilletto heels. Guys in dresses are repulsive.

  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    ... maybe its just me..but as a guy i have never had the deep desire to wear a skirt..i believe this is a cry out for help by this boy...AND the aclu...but lets not confuse the isssue!!!..as far as i can tell, scientific research aside,there IS a difference between the XX person (female)and the XY person (male)..why is it so impotent (sic) for the aclu to fight this fact...abused as children perhaps???maybe..the stats as presented by WHT are irrrefutable. the dignity and modesty of our mothers, wives, and daughters should not be compromised..arguements that other societies wear different garments are red herrings...one must study the cultures and rituals to understand..it has been proven that individuality in dresscode nutures a healthier psyche.. sorry but that it not the aclu agenda..so please lets be serious for a moment...clothes sometimes do make the man or women..but womens clothes never make the man..and mans clothes never make the women..sorry i have to go now, my dog just called the aclu, she is rather angry about having to eat out of a bowl...OFF THE FLOOR!!!!

  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger James said…

    "Men and women have dressed differently from the dawn of civilization..."

    Not as differntly as they do today.
    What did ancient peoples (Adam, Abraham, Moses, et al) wear? What did the Romans and Greeks wear? Was it pants, button-down shirts and ties? Or was it something more akin to a "dress"?

    Now, is this boy's Scottish kilt (which he wants to wear to honor his heritage) closer to our modern attire (pants) or to ancient clothing (robes, togas, loincloths, etc.)?

    Another point, if this young man were "African-"American and wanted to wear a dashiki or a buba do you think one word would have been said? Not likely.

    This is yet another shining example of racial & cultural discrimination and bigotry directed at Anglos and Caucasions.

    It's about time the ACLU was on the right side.

    James @ Right Face!

  • At 7:25 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Hey James, welcome ..and thanks ..however this boy wasnt celebratin Irish heritage laddie...jus makin a stink bout not bein able to wear shorts...ah ..well ure right bout the difference if it were Afro American,however...there are always double standards..sigh.

  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger James said…

    You're absolutely right and I apologize. I was confusing two separate young men and two separate issues.

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger James said…

    From The Grand Stand had this to say: "One of the reasons that societies have dressed children in school uniforms and strictly controlled their behavior is the recognition that children will be resistant to developing their intellect and abilities if they are allowed to develop them outwardly, instead of inwardly. They become shells of human beings. It's so much easier to tattoo your body than it is to expand your mind. When children are forced to become interesting internally because there is no other option available to them to express themselves, they will do so. So, too, with behavior. If there is conformity in acceptable behavior then expressions must become mental hurdles.

    Tearing down social conformity just enables outward conformity of a different variety. Western civilization left tribalism behind in the 16th century. Unfortunately, some people didn't get the memo or were incapable of reading it.

    What they fail to realize today, however, is that we already know all this about them. Even without the experiment of similar attire and style. There is nothing unique about them at all. They are nothing more than drones (although colorful), trying to feel significant through the acceptance of others, rather than acceptance and development of themselves and their minds."

  • At 8:53 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Ah James...very interestin slant..thanks for sharing.:)

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