Nothing can change the basic fact that there are two sexes in the human family. Children are going to be born either male or female."
But how basic are the differences in the sexes? What do these differences mean? Is there a way of life that suits each better?
Meaning of differences
If you examine nature, you will find that there is usually a way of life that best suits each living thing.
For instance, do palm trees or cactus plants flourish in cold northern areas? No, they do best in hot climates.
But the Douglas fir thrives best in cooler northern climates. Polar bears do better where it is cold, but giraffes do better where it is warm.
True, to an extent living things can adapt to changing conditions. But the farther away they get from the situation that suits them best, the more problems they will have.
There are also ‘best’ conditions in the relationship between a man and a woman. The farther they deviate from these, the more problems they will experience really.
Physical and genetic differences
What should be recognized is that there are fundamental differences between a man and a woman that no amount of talk will change.
The obvious difference is in physical appearance and in the different sexual organs.
Also, the genetic code of the human family has firmly locked into it the fact that the male has the more rugged build and is stronger.
Compare, for example, the records set at Olympic Games. The Olympic record for the 100-meter (about 110 yards) dash for men is about 9.8 seconds, but for women it is about 11.0 seconds.
At this short distance, men can cross the finish line about 10 or 11 yards ahead of women. The Olympic high-jump record is over 7 feet 4 inches for men, but less than 6 feet 3 inches for women.
In every comparable event, the men run and swim faster, jump higher, and throw weights farther than women.
Why do men have the greater physical strength? Because they were designed with a different role to play in life than women.
They would have to do the heavier work and take the lead in providing for the family and giving it protection.
Does this make women “inferior”? Is a well-proportioned woman’s body “inferior” to a well-proportioned male’s body? Is it of less value, or less useful?
Which is “superior,” the oak tree or the rose? In their own way they are each valuable and desirable.
In addition to the difference in body structure and strength, women go through different physical cycles, such as menstruation and menopause.
Hence, we cannot escape the truth of the matter, that there are very basic differences between men and women physically.
In fact, scientists can tell, without knowing in advance the sex of a person, whether a body cell belongs to a male or to a female.
As one source points out:
All the cells of the body of the man differ from those of the body of the woman.”
Since there are such unalterable physical differences between men and women locked into their genetic codes, it should not seem strange that there would also be emotional or psychological differences.
Rutgers University anthropologist Lionel Tiger states:
Briefly, there is considerable evidence that differences between males and females do not result simply from male conspiracy, . . . they occur in such a wide variety of situations and cultures that the feminist explanation is inadequate in itself to help us understand them, and that there are biological bases for sexual differences which have nothing to do with oppressing females but rather with ensuring the safety of communities and the healthy growth of children"
So the genetic code determines more than the physical characteristics that make the two sexes different.
It also gives each sex different emotional factors that make them react differently.
As a rule women have more tender qualities than men. They are more prone to be sociable, sensitive and considerate. Often they have greater patience.
So now you can easily answer the following question, why was a man and woman designed with different physical and emotional traits?
The logic reason would be, so that they can fulfill their different roles more effectively.
But their roles should not compete, but rather complement each other, in order to further the continuity of life as we know it.