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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Feminists have lost the nature versus nurture argument


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Some mothers do want them. But fanatical feminists cannot accept children shape careers, Phil wrote:

At the root of all this is the belief among feminism that the observed characteristics we refer to as “masculine” or “feminine” are the result of nurture, not nature.

For many years, feminists have laboured under the mistaken belief that if they could just force men to be more like women and women to be more like men then there would be no difference, and hence true “equality” would be achieved.

In recent years, science has shown this to be false. The differences between the female brain and the male brain are very significant and start in the womb.

No amount of nurture will change the fact that women and men are different. Of course, humans have a large frontal lobe which can be used to adapt to almost any situation – so if you held a gun to my head I could be forced to mimic a woman, but it is so much easier and happier all round if we let real women perform that role.

Feminists will continue to batter their heads against the nature vs nurture lost argument, but I guess we are seeing the gradual demise of that argument and in another generation or so it will be dead and buried.

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