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The_truth_is_ # Posted on June 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

@aliwine, I’m a feminist in the sense that I believe that females are NOT being treated equally but deserve to be. Yes, overall I’m a humanist, but I don’t see a conflict between the two. I can be a humanist that protects the rights of individual humans (such as free speech and right to education) but I can also be an environmentalist willing to limit “freedoms” when it comes to what humans can do to the environment. Being a humanist or an environmentalist or a feminist shouldn’t imply that you think there’s something that requires special treatment for those individuals; they just mean you support them being treated fairly.

As for the idea of “hormones that make that so,” actually, they just kind of throw off our moods. For example, estrogen can make women depressed and/or cause anxiety attacks. That does NOT, however, show that women act differently than men do when they are depressed and/or anxious. It’s like saying, “Hey! I’ve got this solid apple, and this apple I smashed with a hammer! See how they are in different conditions? They must be different.” They aren’t. A woman, in a calm mental state, will act the same as her male counterpart. Same goes for anger, depression, joy, anxiety, fear, etc.

Essentially, what I’m saying is, hormones don’t change how we think. They change our mental states. And given the same mental states, we react the same.