Women haven't made breakthroughs in science like their male counterparts, but it's not politically correct (or socially acceptable) for men to say out loud what they think of distaff abilities in the lab. When Larry Summers as president of Harvard did that, he had to give up the academic life in Cambridge for a political one in Washington. (Not necessarily a bad trade.)
Although chauvinist attitudes remain, male scientists are becoming more supportive of women. "They've come around," cellular biologist Elaine Fuchs tells The New York Times. Scientists, like other male professionals, are witnessing changing times and learning how to take advantage of female wallet power. (Who do you think is buying those expensive designer pocketbooks?)
Increasing numbers of wives earn more than their husbands. Automobile salesman who used to ignore women in the showroom now cater to the ladies, consulting their wishes not only on color and comfort but horsepower and miles per gallon. Automobile ads, however, are still aimed at men. The much-remarked Super Bowl commercial for the Dodge Charger challenged the dominatrix-dominated, macho-challenged, pectoral-deficient males, who in the female view need an aggressive car to rev up their own motors. This car was described in capital letters: MAN'S LAST STAND.
Fashion, always quick to reflect a change in power relations between the sexes, shows costumes for men who suffer from premature emasculation. In last week's Paris shows for spring, male models walked down the runway showing off skinny legs in high waist shorts, with a feminine dickey peeking out from the neckline of their sweaters. Especially eye-catching were shorts that looked like skirts with a flap of material inserted between the legs.
Nobody expects a man to wear such things, but lurking beneath frivolous skirmishes in the war between the sexes are the children who suffer because they are raised without fathers and have no masculine model. Increasing numbers of unmarried women prefer sperm from the deep freeze rather than the warm-blooded male in the bed. With men in such apparent retreat, you wonder why women still plot, scheme and sometimes play dirty just to get one. Even Wonder Woman hasn't fixed that.
Suzanne Fields is a columnist with The Washington Times. Write to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Suzanne Fields and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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