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Could women become extinct were it not for their obvious neccessity in reproduction?

Throughout history there has been a shameful tradition of women being undermined in society. In the origins of countless civilisations, culture has quickly unfolded to place women as second class citizens. One has to wonder why this is?
The answer lies in amongst the irrefutable cornacopia of differences between men and women both physically and pschologically. There is no dividing factor amongst humans quite like it, even race is just an issue over a bit more skin pigmentation. (Bear with me, I promise I'm not a sexist)
Women have different bone structures to men, different organs in them, different brains and much more. The difference between gender is paramount to being a different species. If you were to take a homo sapien female and a neanderthal male and asked to compare them at glance to at a homo sapien male which would actually look more similar: the one with the weird forehead and bad posture or the one with their genetalia inside of their body, the two lactating bulges at the chest and the curvy waistline?
The problem however, with this comparrisson is that the neanderthals are extinct, as are every other species of human. It seems that in evolution when two similar creatures occupy the same habitat, one eventually emerges dominant and one dies out. If humans magically became capable of asexual reproduction would the same thing happen?
However, I don't think women deserve to die out. I think they add a diversity to civilisation that we are only starting to see in recent decades. So what if women aren't on average as strong or fast as men? Is there a massive flaw in the laws of evolution? Just because one varient shows relavent strenghts in survival of the fittest scenarios it doesn't just mean the entire species should just upgrade and replace itself. Variety is the very basis on what evolution depends on. Women have many other and equally valuable ways to contribute to mankind and we must celebrate them.

Topics: evolution

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    Jun 14 2012: For the sake of straight males everywhere, I hope this is not the case. Because straight males are interested in women for more then just reproduction purposes. I don't see how men versus women in the survival of the fittest would benefit men only, because the great equalizer for our survival these days is intelligence. It doesn't matter who is stronger and faster when guns and weapons exist, it's the reason why we are not being dominated by lions which can kill any human instantly. Through intelligence we are actually making more ferocious animals than us go extinct. Research has not demonstrated that one sex is smarter than the other so I don't think the odds favor men or women,
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      Jun 14 2012: Completely true. I guess I was just imagining a more primal backdrop when I came up with the idea. I initially was goingto use the words "Would woman have..." in the title but it sounded too blunt and insensitive, I thought.
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        Jun 15 2012: Another thing that I wanted to point out is that men and women are part of the same species but that's only because they can produce offspring. Thats the reason why they are classified under the same species. in your hypothetical scenario both are asexual, so how could both be differentiated as separate species if fertility is the basis for speciation. Look at dogs for intance they all look very different but they are still the same species according to this principle. So to answer your question a new standard for speciation is required.
    • Jun 15 2012: If you look at innate intelligence and take the noise of social, economic or cultural inequality out of the equation I'm sure you are correct that women and men are equally intelligent.

      In reality that noise does exist and there are plenty of places in the world where women are being suppressed.

      The potential for intelligence between genders may be equal but I would bet that if we could measure the realized intelligence of each gender globally, you'd find that men have an edge.

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