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April 22, 2013

CUMMINS: My, how things change overnight


Women’s brains were not warped until much later. The Biblical plan worked well for centuries after Paul of Tarsus instructed women to remain silent in church, possibly implying to do the same in the house. Having babies gets old, so women began to speak each time they had the chance, which was limited because their husbands were out fighting religious wars against each other. Joan of Arc, Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher were forerunners to speaking out, and now we have Hillary Clinton, who may become the ruler of the known free world. Men did not worry back then, thinking God would protect them no matter what they said or did. Did God change his mind just as women do? How come he now permits women to express their innermost thoughts when men feel it is sissy or seldom have down-deep ones?

During the past 20 years, we have experienced a major and cataclysmic shift in gender reversal. What it amounts to is that women are now shouting shrilly from rooftops and podiums and blogging vociferously and lucidly, “Get out of our way.” As a traditional man, who freely used what little clout I had, I find this alarming. Perhaps President Obama is on to something with his breathtaking ambitious initiative to understand the biology of the human brain, but maybe not. What if science finds the female brain geared more toward peace over war and love over hate?

Sorry, men, but as we became cocky and complacent, women passed us by. We should be extremely concerned, if not totally alarmed, as the traditional man sits by watching his influence and power seep into a sinkhole. According to Christina Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, boys are falling behind and bringing up the rear in the academic and many other fields. Obviously, she’s sees it this way, because she is a “female” resident scholar. If she were Charley Sommers, she’d see it our way.

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