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Is There Something Good About Males? Celebrating The Fact Concerning the XY Half of Humanity

            Being male for practically 78 years, I’ve had a very long time to consider what it means to have an XY pair of chromosomes and the way I’m alike and completely different from those that have an XX pair. I based MenAlive following the start of our first son, Jemal, on November 21, 1969.

I invite you to an occasion to have fun Worldwide Males’s Day with leaders within the subject together with Riane Eisler, Co-Founding father of the Heart For Partnership Programs, Michael Gurian, Co-Founding father of the Gurian Institute, Lisa Hickey, Writer of The Good Males Undertaking, Boysen Hodgson, Communications Director on the Mankind Undertaking, Frederick Marx, Founder and CEO of Warrior Movies, and myself.

            David C. Web page, M.D., is professor of biology on the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how (MIT) and director of the Whitehead Institute, the place he has a laboratory dedicated to the examine of the Y-chromosome. He says,

“There are 10 trillion cells within the human physique and each one in every of them is intercourse particular.”

            “It has been mentioned that our genomes are 99.9% an identical from one particular person to the following,” says Dr. Web page. “It seems that this assertion is right so long as the 2 people being in contrast are each males. It’s additionally right if the 2 people being in contrast are each girls. Nonetheless, in case you examine the genome of a person with the genome of a lady, you’ll discover that they’re solely 98.5% an identical. “

In different phrases, the genetic distinction between a person and a lady are 15 occasions larger than the genetic distinction between two males or between two girls, [.1% compared to 1.5%].

            The analysis at his lab has demonstrated that this distinction makes a distinction in all points of our lives. Dr. Web page concludes by saying

“We’ve had a unisex imaginative and prescient of the human genome. Women and men aren’t equal in our genome and women and men aren’t equal within the face of illness. A substantial amount of the analysis occurring as we speak which seeks to grasp the causes and coverings for illness is failing to account for this most basic distinction between women and men. The examine of illness is flawed.”

            There are numerous different scientists and clinicians who’ve come to the identical conclusion. Marianne J. Legato, M.D. based the Basis for Gender-Particular Drugs in 1997 to research the methods wherein organic intercourse and gender have an effect on regular human perform and the expertise of illness. In her e-book, Eve’s Rib:  The New Science of Gender-Particular Drugs, Dr. Legato says,

“In all places we glance, the 2 sexes are startlingly and unexpectedly completely different not solely of their inner perform however in the best way they expertise sickness.”

            There has all the time been loads of confusion about intercourse and gender variations. Some consider that specializing in variations places one intercourse above the opposite and that the one approach to make sure equality is to attempt to reduce the variations. I consider a greater strategy is to understand our variations and alter the system that places one intercourse above the opposite. My long-term affiliation with Riane Eisler’s Heart for Partnership Programs has taught me that the lives of women and men are distorted once we reside inside a system of domination. Solely by transferring to a system that helps true partnership can our variations be celebrated.

            Roy F. Baumeister is likely one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He has printed over 700 scientific works, together with over 40 books. In 2013, he acquired the very best award given by the Affiliation for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow award, in recognition of his lifetime achievements. He’s at the moment president-elect of the Worldwide Constructive Psychology Affiliation.

            In 2010, Oxford College Press printed Baumeister’s effectively researched and controversial e-book, Is There Something Good About Males?  Within the e-book, Dr. Baumeister gives provocative solutions to numerous questions concerning the present state of manhood in America together with the next:

  • Have males actually engaged in a centuries-old conspiracy to use and oppress girls?
  • Have the important variations between women and men actually been erased?
  • Have males now turn out to be pointless?
  • Are they good for something in any respect?

            As a scientifically primarily based social psychologist, the solutions are detailed and supported with proof. Right here I will provide you with the quick solutions to the 4 questions posted above: No, no, no, and sure.

            In an fascinating journey by means of the historical past of female and male Dr. Baumeister gives a hopeful new approach of understanding our previous, current, and future. He argues that relations between women and men are actually and have all the time been extra cooperative than antagonistic, that women and men are completely different in primary methods, and that profitable cultures capitalize on these variations to outperform rival cultures.

            He examines our ancestral line in a chapter titled, “The Most Underappreciated Truth About Males”. He says,

“Amongst our ancestors—as with many different species—solely the alpha males had been in a position to reproduce, main them to take extra dangers and to exhibit extra aggressive and protecting behaviors than girls, whose evolutionary methods required a special set of behaviors. Whereas girls favor and excel at one-to-one intimate relationships, males compete with each other and construct bigger organizations and social networks from which tradition grows. However cultures in flip exploit males by insisting that their function is to attain and produce, to supply for others, and if essential to sacrifice themselves.”

            Dr. Baumeister concludes by saying,

“Whereas males have drastically benefited from the tradition they’ve created, they’ve additionally suffered due to it. Males might dominate the higher echelons of enterprise and politics, however way more males than girls die in work-related accidents, are incarcerated, or are killed in battle—details practically all the time overlooked of present gender debates.”

            I hope you’ll be a part of us for an attractive look into the world of males. The occasion is open to everybody however will likely be of explicit curiosity to those that work within the fields of gender equality and males’s well being. You’ll be able to be taught extra and join the occasion right here.

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