Eve, in the tradition, succumbed to temptation
first. This part of fable always has suggested
to me that women are more adventurous than men.
Granted successful cohesion in large social groups has required a
disciplining of what has been referred to as a natural state.
Orderliness requires that we each have a place. We build the
pyramid. We join the legion. We work in the field. We
No longer can we find apples,
berries and the occasional mammoth to feast upon as we skip amongst the
natural state, carrying children on our hips, laughing all the way.
Put in the context of orderliness, women, if they are more
adventurous, become open minded. Then in the context of the tradition, they are subject to intuitive
rants. They draw unreliable conclusions. They have wiles and
generally cause an instability, unless often corrected and carefully
watched. Three statements I have heard from men.
Put in the context of adventurousness, women, if they are adventurous, become free spirited.
Then in the context of the
tradition, they are wild and uncontrolled. They
are more easily seduced by new fangled ideas, like washing machines or
strollers. Two statements I have heard from men.
Inevitably, within the tradition,
women are caged by society. But sometimes I wonder what our species
might look like if the female mammal had followed the evolutionary pattern
of female arachnids. Becoming larger, more physically powerful than
While no one will ever know the answer,
it is always useful to reflect upon the consequences of such an altered
relationship between men and women. I reckon it would be me, now
concerned for my brothers robbed of literacy. Or would I just
lay the circumstance upon the accuracy of a fable about Adam being the
first to succumb to temptation, concede that I am no more than Eve's rib, and thereby become accepting.
Here, being less adventurous, probably I