Why are men considered the disposable sex?

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  1. ptosis profile image73
    ptosisposted 12 years ago

    Why are men considered the disposable sex?

    In the book, "The Myth of Male Power. Why Men Are the Disposable Sex" the auther writes "... for a gender transition movement that will truly establish equal rights and responsibilities between the sexes."  .......   The author wrote about " ...men as the suicide sex, the imprisoned sex, the executed sex, the homeless sex , the victims of war, ..."


  2. profile image58
    not white trashposted 12 years ago

    its because of the y chromozome something to do with the evolution of the species, we need each other to create new life and keep the species going, but we are essentially at war with each other.  in reproductive terms the female has the more sought after, less available commonity, that of the egg.

  3. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 12 years ago

    men throughout history have been the hunter-gatherers. we are stronger then women in general and tend to be more violent.

  4. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 12 years ago

    Men are more expendable because, one man, over 100 days, can impregnate 100 women, one woman with 100 men only gives one pregnancy.  To ensure survival, there has to be more women than men.  As far as Mother Nature is concerned, survival is king, or should that be queen, women should be protected from the horrors of war and any other form of danger or violence whilst in her fertile years, as long as there is half-a-dozen men, that's fine, but it will restrict the gene pool.
    Oh that 100 women in 100 days, ok, for all of us studs who claim to manage it several times a day, this has nothing to do with sperm count, it takes about 24 hours for sperm count to rise enough for a good chance of pregnancy.
    However, I conclude from this that it is normal, as far as Mother Nature is concerned, for men to have multiple partners but would be a waste of time for women:-)

  5. Docmo profile image91
    Docmoposted 12 years ago

    It could also be a matter of 'grey' and 'white matter' .. while we all have equal amounts of these in the brain ( 60% white and 40%  grey) women use 9 times as much white matter and men use 7 times as much grey matter as each other.

    Evolutionally his helped men to do more spatial awareness, focus and hunting gathering, while women communicate and multitask far better. Perhaps Men put themselves in danger more often, don't always think before they leap and may have a 'lemming' like behaviour to danger/ While women think before they act, communicate, negotiate and have higher emotional intelligence making them more resilient.

    It will be sad to think we are disposable ... as I hope the gender roles are equally valid and forming a family unit instead of an alpha male and a herd of females is what distinguishes us from other species!!

  6. profile image0
    Butch Newsposted 12 years ago

    I find these kinds of simplistic views a pandering to the idiots among us.

  7. Phaseus profile image60
    Phaseusposted 12 years ago

    In reference to Docmo: The difference between brain usage can be religiously arguable. Think back to the bible when man tried to build the Tower of Babel to heaven. In that time, God confused humankind; mixing languages, lowering our mental capacity, (to around 10% or something) and scattering us around the Earth.The Bible also says that if man could work together (which we obviously can't with the very VERY early invention of that bloody and destructive thing that happens when someone doesnt get their way and we tend to call war) then we could do literally anything. Otherwise I agree.

  8. kallini2010 profile image80
    kallini2010posted 12 years ago

    I was wondering, all these responses come from men, do they?  Not that there is anything wrong with it.

    I am not comfortable with the word "disposable", but then again I have not read the book.  Maybe I should make a note, but my list of books to read is overwhelming as it is.

    "Disposable" - we are all disposable in a sense.  In China, they disposed of girls and created quite an imbalance in gender.  Mother nature needs both women and men and it is hard to argue which sex (gender) is better or stronger or fitter for survival.

    But all categories mentioned - suicide, inmates, death sentences, homeless - I think men outnumber women.  I think even mental illness does not strike equally.  War victims - maybe because soldiers are primarily men, not women.  Civilian war victims?

    I wanted to write a hub on this subject because I am interested in this topic, I have been for a long time, but I don't have time for proper research and argument.

    I've read somewhere that Mother Nature (in an interview of Mother Nature to humanity, perhaps) experiments on men and preserves women.  That is why men are less stable in many respects.  Feel free to support this point of view or otherwise.

    But what I did look up the suicide rates (In this matter I am very interested, it happened in my family twice) - I was shocked.  The most shocking news for me was the geographical location of the highest rate of suicide - former Soviet Union.

    I know that Russia is on its way out, the population is decreasing rapidly and Russian men die like flies at the  young age.  Crime, drugs, alcohol, imprisonment... you name it.

    Wars.  I guess, all in all, I have to support the statement - when push comes to shove - men are at a disadvantage.

  9. Right On Time profile image60
    Right On Timeposted 12 years ago

    Maybe in an older sense men were more "disposable" in the way that book is saying, i.e. hurling each other at wars, etc. But now things are changing and emotions are coming to the fore. So, less disposable - but that whole title is over the top.

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    surlyoldcatposted 12 years ago

    As a man it's simply that we, the male of the species are a dime a dozen. Forget "Mr. Right" or the strong, dark, yet sensitive types. Still men. Women can go out and find at least a dozen men to do what they want. More if the female is wither stupid rich, attractive, sexy, or a combination of the three.
    I'm not ashamed to admit that men, in general, have really one thing on their minds, and not the one atop their necks. It's so ingrained in our genes that all we really want to do is hop and pop like little bunnies.
    That's it in a nutshell. You want someting, just walk into your office and say so. I am betting you will get no less than 3 men to respond. More will sit there and mope and dream while the alphas come a-callin'.

  11. Peter211 profile image55
    Peter211posted 12 years ago

    Was going to say what MickS said, so I agree with him.

  12. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image85
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 12 years ago

    I'm not feeling very "disposable" today; so I hope that whoever feels that way about me get's their head out of their a$$

  13. McLaren 83 profile image60
    McLaren 83posted 11 years ago

    Mother nature says we are disposable, but we are highly evolved human beings and should be able to manipulate this as we see fit. So, its time we start treating men with more respect and extending to them all the rights and privileges women have. Men after all drive humanity forward, we are the ones who make advances in science that improve life for most other people.

    As self aware human beings we ought to value our men and boys more.

    1. ptosis profile image73
      ptosisposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      only men drive humanity forward? uh-oh

  14. Horse Feathers profile image59
    Horse Feathersposted 11 years ago

    Throughout history it has been said :It's a man's world." Only because women has aloud us to believe its so. Woman control 99.9% of male thought. We want them. They choose us.
    Everything starts with birth. Only the female can achieve that.

  15. Catherine Kane profile image86
    Catherine Kaneposted 10 years ago

    I'd seriously question the concept of either sex being disposable...


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