So I was arguing with an MRA (as you do), and he tried to justify his viewpoint with a quote from a deplorable biotruth-y pop-science article. The quote was as follows:
“Biologically, males across practically all species, are assertive, aggressive, physically stronger, and more dominating. Binary 1.
Females, across practically all species, are yielding, physically supple and nurturing. Binary 0.
These biological factors, seen in the human sphere, are the primordial driving forces that have morphed intellectually and culturally into what we know as gender roles.”
Like, what I loved was how this was linked to me as some sort of truism. Q fucking E D.
I mean, on the most superficial level, he’s fucking wrong. Hyenas, anglerfish, most spiders, praying mantids, meerkats, gyrfalcons, redtailed hawks, lions… All of these animals contradict that binary in some way.
In addition to that, there’s evolutionary determinism (*cough*bullshit), biological essentialism, denigration of non-aggressive, non-“masculine” traits (Nurturing behaviour is Binary 0, apparently. To nurture something is to be a non-entity), and this bizarre notion that gender roles are universal across humankind. Like, what?
I’m okay with people disagreeing with me. I mean, that’s part of life. But I can’t stand stupid people expressing stupid opinions backed up by stupid examples. Drives me up the fucking wall.