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Friday, January 03, 2003
1:49 PM

Fascinating column by Eve Tushnet at Jewish World Review on gender distinctions and why most of us want them. One graf in particular caught my eye:

Men have a harder time than women finding their desired gender role within family life. This is because, not to put to fine a point on it, the women have the babies. Fatherhood is a societal convention in a way that motherhood, with its inescapable physical changes, its rush of hormones and tigress-passion for the baby, and its deep connection to the developing child, simply is not. Even in the age of DNA testing, men are not as securely tied to their children as women are; even when they want to be, they need societal help in order to maintain their familial role as father and husband.

My own angle is simple: You're going to look differently at the world if a live human being comes flying out of your body.

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