Deanna: Klingon culture is not in your taste?
Dr. Pulaski: I'm just glad that humans have progressed beyond the need for barbaric display
Deanna: Have they? Commander Riker and his father are in the gymnasium, about to engage in a barbarism of their own.
Dr. Pulaski: Don't remind me, it is something of which I do not approve.
Deanna: In spite of human evolution, there are still some traits that are endemic to gender.
Dr. Pulaski: You think they're going to knock each others' brains out because they're men?
Deanna: Human males are
unique. Fathers continue to regard their sons as children even into adulthood, and sons continue to chafe at what they perceive are their fathers' expectations of them.
Dr. Pulaski: It's almost as if they never really grow up at all, isn't it?
Nice to see that, three hundred and fifty plus years hence, females will still be as sexist and femino-centric as they are nowadays, and still regarding their own sexist female
perceptions as clearly superior to those of the masculine gender.
Warren Farrell points this out rather well in his book, The Myth of Male Power
|Essentially, women's liberation and men's mid-life crises were the same|
search for personal fulfillment, common values, mutual respect, and love. But
while women's liberation was thought of as promoting identity, men's mid-life
crises were thought of as identity crises.
Women's liberation was called insight, self-discovery, and self-improvement,
akin to maturity. Men's mid-life crises were discounted as irresponsibility,
self-gratification, and selfishness, akin to immaturity. Women's crises got
sympathy, men's crises got a bad rap.
This perception, that women being women, seeking female-oriented goals is "mature" while men being men, seeking male-oriented goals is "immature" is a serious obstruction towards any actual attainment of some semblance of a modern gender equity. Until women realize that their goals and ideals, while different from men's, are not inherently "better" than those of men, we will not have attained any semblance of "equality". All we have done so far is to trade in the egregious perception of men=inherently right
for the equally egregious women=inherently right
. Both are sexist, both demean a gender's underlying goal structures without justification, and both are wrong.