I blogged this when I first started EP, but it seems to fit better here ^_^
Women are not, nor have they ever been the "weaker" sex. Alright, on average women have a smaller percentage of muscle mass to body weight. Women are also (and I mean no insult by this) more feeling based than logical. Conversely, women on average score 20 points higher than men on I.Q. tests. I find this ironic as I.Q. tests are invariably gender-centric in favor of men. Also (and it GALLS me to admit it) men are the disposable gender. You only need one viable male to propagate the species. If you only have one woman you're in trouble. Contrary to popular belief, society in "cave-man" times (prehistory) was matriarchal and based on the belief in an "earth mother". Then there's childbirth. It seems women have a strength of spirit and tremendous endurance that few (if any) men can match.
Let's start with my grandmother. My grandmother is smart, beautiful, capable, and loves living life. She still sounds like a twenty year old on the phone. She raised four children and ran her own book store for thirty years. When my grandfather got Alzheimer's, she cared for him and after his fourth stroke, visited him everyday in the hospital for his last six months. She is spontaneous and vivacious. This put her at odds with my "prim and proper and NEVER wrong" grandfather. It was this stifling by my grandfather that led her to have a lesbian affair. Of course, that was in the 50's and only crazy people did such things. So it was off to the psych ward for some happy shocks to the brain. I can still see the sparks behind her eyes. I love my grandmother and she deserved better.
Then there's my adorable little Filipino mother. The youngest of like twelve, she lived in a war zone during WWII. Her father was terribly abusive and her siblings finally took him into the jungle and hung him. She still loves him to this day. She was the first of her family to make it to America through college scholarship. She somehow managed my brother and I (and lord knows we're a difficult pair) and she should've canned my dad when he had an affair with a sixteen year old. She supports my entire family with her two jobs. I owe my mother everything.
I can't forget all the loves in my life. My girlfriends (& my ex wife) had to live with my fits of depression, surges of mania, drunken stupors followed by DT's, and my general insufferability. I will love them all forever.
As for all my female friends. They have provided me with insights my simple rationale could never glean on its own. I'm a better man because of them.
There are a couple of great quotes I believe are from FDR:
"I am merely an amalgam of all the niceties I've learned from the women in my life."
"Behind every great man is a greater woman."
I would have to agree.