Are men and women similar or different?

Everything in my life has led to me believe they are very similar, and it is society that causes such huge differences. Of course, women and men have different genitalia, and men are natrually physically stronger than women (or more able to be).

But aside from that, there is little difference. There are assertive men and assertive women, sensitive men and sensitive women etcetcetc. The mass media publicises ideas of men as sporty, career-driven and into sex, beer, football, and women as obsessed with fashion, beauty and relationships.

I mean, how are blue and pink actually signifiers of gender? They mean nothing but what tradition has decided, and nor, I think, do the other qualities society gives men and women.

Just my two cents…

It is difficult to see what we would be like without the influence of societies. We have had somewhat different roles because of biological differences. The sex of a person is becoming less important than their mental abilities. I think it would be boring if we were all of the same sex. And there were were no differences. We are all human beings we are more alike than different.

19 thoughts on “Are men and women similar or different?

  1. I think at heart men and women are after the same things.

    Most men are not the beer drinking sex crazed maniacs the media portrays them as.

    Edit: There are different kinds of people, but I agree with what you said. There are sensitive guys as well as sensitive girls. There are assertive men as well as assertive women.

    When a man or women generalizes about the opposite sex based on either what they watch in the media, or based on their own limited experience, it’s simply ignorance. If a sensitive woman has bad luck and dates three assertive men that she does not really mesh with, she could go off on a tangent and say "all men exhibit <THIS> behavior", but that’s no different than the mentality that gives rise to racism.

    If I grow up in the ghetto and notice most of the black people act stupid, and I said ‘black people are stupid’ that is simply wrong. It’s making a broad generalization based on limited experience.

    The same is true of men and women. As you look for love you invariably find people you do not mesh with. That does not mean that one does not exist that you do mesh with.

    I hate it when people generalize about a group of people. Above all, we are INDIVIDUALS.
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  2. they say that guys are tuff and don’t have feelings. BS! they say girls are wimps and not tuff. BS! some just don’t know how to show it.
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  3. I think there are some minor differences in the brain but said differences have very little effect on the individuals. As you said, both genders can be ambitious, courageous, emotional, logical, rational, loving, nurturing, etc etc. In that aspect, we truly are not that different. A lot of the said differences are a part of society. If you look as the idea of masculinity and femininity, it varies from culture to culture, which is a clear indicator that said differences are not biological but instead a bi-product of culture.

    History, actually, shows us that men and women are a lot more alike than many want to think in the modern day. Women are just as ambitious, as driven, as fierce or as political just as men are just as nurturing, caring, and great parents.
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    Traveled a lot. Seen A LOT of different ideas of feminine and masculine.

  4. You see that’s where we differ as I think society and the media actually promote the idea that we are the same which I have an intellectual problem with.
    One way to look at the differences is to look at homosexuals in both sexes. Do they act the same? No they do not.
    This idea that we only have different body type is just an romantic delusion.
    There has got to be an natural reason why men a bigger and stronger and YES less emotional.
    Men have evolved to be one thing and women to be another but we are all humans so of course there is many similarities it would be silly to say there wasn’t as it is silly to say there is none.
    Read Freud.
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  5. Only a woman and male feminist would say such things. I’d like to believe women and men were all that similar as well– and surely there are instances in which we are not all that divided. However, by and large, women are far different than men. It’s not even close (whether it’s physical, social, psychological, mental), point is we are very different.
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  6. Men and women are different but similar. Its like comparing the functions of the brain to the functions of the heart. Wo-man in their natural sense (with out influence) supposed to work from the womb up. Whatever goes in the womb and whatever comes out supposedly should affect their heart which in turns affect their brain/thinking. Man supposedly should work from the head down. If we don’t think it, it won’t happen. That’s why the man who thinks of sex, gets sex. Whether its from a woman or his hand. The man who doesn’t think of it, doesn’t get any. Not saying he worse, because depending on what he thinks of, he will get more. One way is right and other is good. Men are righteous in the natural sense, and woman are better in the natural sense.

    Man=Right/wrong
    Woman=Good/bad

    Just my opinion.
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  7. There are far more similarities between men & women than there are differences. It’s just that we as a society tend to put more focus & emphasis on our differences, which can be both good or bad.
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  8. I think we are a lot the same, woman are raised to be pretty to attract men, i don’t think they necessarily want to always wear skirts and lipstick but they know it looks good so they do it,
    although i think woman can be a tad more evil when they are in a relationship or married.
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  9. I see more similarities than differences. The differences that do exist almost always transcend gender, except when they’re anatomical.
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  10. Well are similar as in we all have same goals, want to be treated right, respected and want people to value us for who we are.
    the difference is how we do things, how do we want to be treated, respected, and how we want people to value us.In which ways.
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  11. Both! There are things we have in common: we want to be loved and respected, we want to be happy and free, we don’t like being cheated on or lied to or taken advantage of or abused. But there are many ways in which men and women are different. We react to things differently and look at the same issue from different perspectives. We express and handle emotions in different ways. Our brains do not function in the same way, either.
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  12. Similar. There may well be differences in the ‘average’ woman and the ‘average’ man for certain behaviours, but there is so much variation within the sexes that it makes no sense to discriminate against individuals.
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  13. It is difficult to see what we would be like without the influence of societies. We have had somewhat different roles because of biological differences. The sex of a person is becoming less important than their mental abilities. I think it would be boring if we were all of the same sex. And there were were no differences. We are all human beings we are more alike than different.
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  14. I am more more like the men that i work with than the women…so yes, i’d say that the big differences between the sexes are mostly learned.
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