Women are More Valuable than Men and That’s OK
Women are valued more highly than men and one rarely sees even any pretence to the contrary. Men are supposed to let women and children escape to safety while they lay down their lives. War-zone reporting focusses on the suffering of women while passing over the fact that all the men have been killed. When a woman is raped, it’s a calamity, but when a man is raped, it’s a joke. A woman losing her children is a nightmare, but a man losing his children is a routine matter of ‘justice’ in the divorce courts.
There is little point lamenting this. It has a biological basis: since one man can in principle take up the reproductive labours of a thousand others, the loss or destruction of one man doesn’t much matter. Whereas each woman matters because women have a much more limited reproductive potential.
This is by no means an altogether bad thing. It is only the human condition. If men did not have to fight for the recognition that is a woman’s birthright, there would be no civilization, because all of civilization is built on men’s drive for accomplishment, which is driven by men’s desire to win women. But even the lowliest man—who may not otherwise have much to contribute—can gain honour from sacrificing himself for women and children, and if that were ever to change it would be a loss.