While created in the image of God with equality of worth and value, men and women are different by design and function. Gender differences are apparent physically and behaviorally.
SHARE As a woman and a psychologist who has treated women and couples in the last two decades, I find that as I get older, I make a lot more comments to both male and female patients about how the sexes differ.
A woman complains that her husband or male partner does not listen.
Women often complain that a male counterpart wants to provide advice when she talks about a problem. We women can feel unheard in this situation, as we would like our partners to remark on the content of our feelings. When I am talking with patients, I often try to normalize the above example as one way that men and women are different.
Although it may be that a couple is not compatible because of difficulties communicating, I am rarely worried about a partnership based on different communication styles.
Rather, I try to educate men, women and couples about the differences in perceptions regarding what is ideal communication.
Because a man offers advice does not mean that he does not care. A man offering pragmatic sensibilities seems to be evidence that he is listening! When I say this to my women patients, they are often relieved. Yet, I find myself sometimes experiencing a curious anxiety when I point out sex and gender differences between women and men.
The way men and women listen and talk is just one example. I can get even more anxious when I imply that men process emotions differently and they respond to feelings in a way that can seem foreign to us women.
This raises the question, are women the same as men? Talking openly about the biological differences between men and women can be complicated. Whatever readers or reviewers thought about the book, it has been translated into 30 languages and obviously speaks to something we women are concerned about, which is talking about how men and women are different.
Of course, socialization and the way we are raised plays an important role, but biology does seem to matter. Brizendine brings this up in the epilogue of her book: This message had a purpose. We had to justify equal rights and equal pay. Yet, our current state of external inequality makes it harder to talk about internal and biological differences.
But pretending that women and men are the same, while doing a disservice to both men and women, ultimately hurts women.
It also ignores the different ways that they process thoughts and therefore perceive what is important. Especially as a therapist, I am mindful of not wanting to reduce complaints to differences between the sexes, as we all have our own individual responsibility when it comes to our partnerships.
But how did it become the case that talking about biological differences reifies the idea that women are less than equal?
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Just because men and women have different ways of thinking about things does not make women inferior. It would be nice if men and women can both acknowledge the ways we are unique and take a stance that is more understanding. We all have different strengths. Trying to understand how men and women communicate, without taking anything personally, can do a lot to help people in heterosexual relationships get along.
And it just might be okay to talk about how men are different from us women. In a more equal, understanding and diverse world, we can appreciate differences empathically, not judgmentally.
Talking about gender and sex differences might positively influence communication among men and women.Muhammad specifically allowed Muslim women to attend mosques and pray behind men. Mohammad said 'Do not prevent your women from going to the mosque, even though their houses are better for them." which implies it is better for women to stay at home.
For example, a Muslim man can talk to a Muslim women or a non Muslim women if it is necessary. Also, a Muslim can talk freely (within boundaries) to any other of the same gender. For example, a Muslim man to another Muslim man and a Muslim women to another Muslim women.
Nov 01, · Pregnant Muslim women usually seek out a female obstetrician for prenatal care and prefer to have a female doctor present at delivery. That request cannot always be . Most Muslim women today do not wear a full face veil. It is more common to see women in hijab, loose clothing topped by a type of scarf worn around the head and under the chin.
Women don't share a common style nor have the same reasons for wearing hijab. For example, a Muslim man can talk to a Muslim women or a non Muslim women if it is necessary.
Also, a Muslim can talk freely (within boundaries) to any other of the same gender. To this day, these traditions' hierarchic distinctions between old and young, women and men continue to plant thought patterns such as "good and bad" and "permitted and banned" in the minds of subsequent generations.
The covering up of Muslim women is part of this religious practice, with its moral yardstick for "strong and weak faith".