On the topic of biological differences?

It's been batted around here and elsewhere fairly frequently that gender roles and double standards are justified by the biological differences between men and women. There are, after all, clearly significant structural and hormonal differences between the average man and the average woman, so, to paraphrase one recent advocate of this idea, 'why object to being treated differently when we so clearly ARE different?' Obvious counterpoints from the racial civil rights movement aside, I've noticed that many of these terribly important 'differences' that such people use to justify gender roles are also found, with striking similarity, between people of significantly different heights. Tall people, after all, are usually better suited to physical tasks and hand-to-hand combat than short people (with longer reach, proportionately greater strength, and greater speed, the difference in physical capability between the average people separated by ten inches in height is easily greater than that between the average man and woman), and with height a genetically-controlled biological result of exposure to growth hormone and other pituitary secretions, even the hormonal difference between people of different heights could be argued to dwarf that of people of different sexes. Also analogously, many competitive sports tend to be dominated by people in a certain height range, and certain positions very clearly lend the advantage to the tallest person out there - there are areas where height actually matters to the performance of a task, and it's reflected in places where people compete for the job of performing that task. And, there are more subtle advantages for people based on height - many a study has suggested that the confidence, and perhaps unconscious respect, afforded to tall people gives them slight advantages in applications where height wouldn't immediately seem like a factor. So, mostly aimed at the "we are different, so why not have gender roles" people, would you support a cultural trend of extending much of what are currently gender roles to people of different heights (i.e. beyond the obvious consequences of the physical differences, and into wide-spanning cultural expectations, such as protective and submissive attitudes, paying for group activities, competitive versus collaborative culture, etc.)? Or would this be a case where we can recognize that individuals are different in some certain ways, but where it's silly to extend this to unrelated elements of behavior and expectation?

Asked By: CAustin II - 2/22/2010
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Exacly! there isnt a job that man can do that a women cant! these men arent willing to move beyond there cavemen days which is sad. You are capable of understanding that biological differences do not incapacitate women from doing jobs these days which are dependent on the capacity to use brains. which is why we dont... More
Answered By: . - 2/22/2010
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The biological differences only come into play in bed. Otherwise, salaries, and opportunity, political offices, have nothing to do with it. Being tall is handy if you want to intimidate.
Answered By: Benny - 2/22/2010
Thank you for making this point. It demonstrates the inherent bias and hypocrisy in the "we're different, so it's justifiable" crowd. You alluded to this in mentioning the Civil Rights Movement, but I think it's important to make the point that the SAME argument was used to justify slavery and segregation.
Answered By: wendy g - 2/22/2010
I disagree with your second paragraph when it comes to hand to hand combat, I've seen a 5'9" man weighing 200 pounds smash the hell out of a 300 pound 6'5" man. Both trained in hand to hand combat, one just had superior technique... More
Answered By: Jo - 2/22/2010
In Theory I Concur Thus Far In Rhetorical Practice As Observed To Date This Barrow Will Probably Be Pushed In A Direction I Will Find Unpalatable Good Luck
Answered By: Lt. Obvious - 2/22/2010
Gender differences are a natural division among people in my opinion. But treating people differently according to height? I'm tall and I don't want to be told I'm expected to do this or pay for that because I am. Classifying someone as having more confidence or expecting them to have submissive or protective qualities... More
Answered By: ccr - 2/22/2010
For the record any gender roles I would support have much less to do with physical differences (although in certain cases it would make sense to base them on this) as much as it is emotional and intellectual differences. I would even be willing to compromise and say historical social conditioning plays a part. As an... More
Answered By: Ball - 2/22/2010
See, that's why I wanna be taller... More
Answered By: 404 - Not Found - 2/22/2010 ...for the subject of "certain height ranges." This song ruffled a few "little" feathers in 1978. But, you're right.
Answered By: Bert Weidemeier - 2/22/2010
I'm not a "we are different, so why not have gender roles" person... More
Answered By: Jimmy Jimmerson - 2/22/2010
I think, perhaps, that you, or who you are referring to, are applying the whole to individual parts... or individual issues... More
Answered By: Kendrick - 2/22/2010
No. Gender roles have very little importance and should not be followed for the most part... More
Answered By: Rulu - 2/24/2010
I think any such weaponry is crual and unusual punishment against human beings.
Answered By: Steveman3015 - 2/25/2010
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