Can we discuss if girls are better than boys? Does anyone agree with the statement above?

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All living creatures, including humans, are the way they are because of adaptation through natural selection. Desmond Morris has written many interesting books on human evolution, explaining why women have evolved one way and men another. Richard Dawkins, the most eminent living Darwinian biologist, stresses that evolution does not necessarily...

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All living creatures, including humans, are the way they are because of adaptation through natural selection. Desmond Morris has written many interesting books on human evolution, explaining why women have evolved one way and men another. Richard Dawkins, the most eminent living Darwinian biologist, stresses that evolution does not necessarily make creatures "better." Mankind is not gradually evolving towards perfection, towards the creation of Superman and Superwoman. Man is just adapting to changing conditions for the sake of survival and reproduction. It is interesting to see how girls and boys, women and men, have evolved in different ways over thousands of generations of Homo sapiens. It is also interesting to speculate about how they might change in the future. But they will probably always need each other, and so they ought to try to get along with each other. Like, the fundamental things apply as time goes by. 

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The word "better" in the initial question is kind of ambiguous. If you are a girl, would you rather have been born a boy? If you are a boy, would you rather have been born a girl? If so, why? If not, why not? If you were going to have only one child, would you rather have a boy or a girl? Why?

It is always hard to separate the subjective element from the objective truth. I note that most girls who answered the question think that girls are obvioiusly "better" than boys, whereas most boys think that boys are obviously "better" than girls. What is the objective truth?

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This has been the most popular discussion I have ever seen on eNotes. I wonder why. I would like to point out that the original question was not about whether men were better than women or vice versa; it was only about whether girls were better than boys. I would like to offer my opinion. Some girls are better than some boys, and some boys are better than some girls. Isn't that obvious? I don't mean just that boys are better at some things and girls better at others. I mean that some girls are better as persons than some boys and vice versa.

 

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There is something naive about this assertion.  First, you separate humans by their gender difference, then ask if they are different. Two wise quotations to share:

1.  A difference that makes no difference is no difference (this is germane to social equality questions)

2.  No taxonomies are innocent (in other words, a person who starts dividing people by gender has a motive in mind.)  Wordprof

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I, also, cannot agree with the statement. Men and women are simply too different to be judged in that way. Think about it this way: apples and oranges are both fruit (in the same way men and women are human beings). Unfortunately, the two simply cannot be judged against each other given their genetic differences. Any "suggestions" made would simply be too subjective.

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No, I do not think the statement is true.  There are certainly difference between men and women, but these differences don't make one better than the other.  Women might be naturally better at some things, but men are naturally better at other things.  For instance, men and women think differently.  Women are better at multi-tasking because they can think about many different things at once.  Men tend to focus on one thing at a time.  This makes men better than women at focusing on a single task.  Women have trouble only thinking about one thing.  Their minds tend to wander to other topics even while working.  I think men and women each have their strengths, but one sex is not inherently better than the other. 

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I had a sexist, gender conscious, male-hating female principal who would probably agree with your statements. She believed that male teachers were only good for coaching (boys' teams but not girls' teams) and handling male-oriented classes like shop, agriculture and auto mechanics. She maintained different rules for male and female teachers, and she represented the worst aspects of a school administrator. Your simplistic idea that boys are inferior to girls is a type of reverse-discrimination that used to be prevalent in the minds of men. I try to live by the dictum that all "people" are created equal, and try to treat all my students--black, white, male and female--fairly. I would agree, however, that female students are more serious than the boys I have taught over the years, and girls have consistently earned higher marks in my English classes. Of course, I have also witnessed an increase in female "macho" attitudes, and misbehavior in the classroom and physical altercations are now more likely to come from female students than males.  

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Most comments show women being different from men.  If we look at a Third World country where women die more often in childbirth than men and where women are not allowed to be educated, do we then say that men are better than women?  I don't think that we can say who is better or worse based on effects that are societal more than they are innate to one sex or the other.

I think that women and men are different in some ways and that there should be no value judgements attached to the differences that do exist.

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