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A lot has been said and written about the differences between Men and Women; their roles in society, business, the workplace and different and unique postures they respectively adopt when falling in love, in relationships and in marriage.

The drastic and clear difference of men and women is found in the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible states categorically, unequivocally and with no contradictions that women are the weaker vessels in all fundamental respects and should submit themselves under the authority and headship of the man.

Of recent in the modern era however, many have written and discussed the issue of women, in the process adopting a position that is in opposition with the one laid bare in the Holy Bible. Key to the books written and discussions ensuing is the common attestation that men and women are equal. This argument is now accepted in a form consensus in most parts of the world. With this adoption national programmes and projects have been hatched for the promotion and empowerment of women. Days and festivals are set aside and designated for women.

Notable amongst the authors who have written extensively about the differences between men and women is John Gray. The first and foremost amongst his books is Men and from Mars, Women are from Venus. The book is an expose on the deep seated dynamic difference between men and women. John Gray followed on this book with similar books all delving deeper on the roles of men and women – their respective differences and orientation. John Gray’s books combined have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

It is interesting that John Gray with all his deep extensive research and studies do not put forward a solid theory of the equality of a man and a woman. He only speaks and writes about the differences between the two sexes. John Gray is by far the most popular and authoritative figure on this issue and has for the most part of his adult life studied the issue from various angles: spiritual, psychological, cultural and philosophical dispositions of women and men.  His conclusive view is simply that there are differences – but he does not venture into asserting any equality whatsoever between man and woman.

J. Paul Getty who was the richest man in the whole world during the 1960s and 1970s era has made his views on the issue of equality of man and woman. In his autobiography book called As I See It, My Life as I lived, Paul Getty provide practical insights that are based on his several marriages and liaisons with many famous ladies in Hollywood. He writes:

"Generally speaking, most women seem to prefer that the male be the dominant partner in a relationship”.

With regard to women in the workplace Paul Getty provide a practical case drawn from the time he was leading the Spartan Aircraft. There he was personally supervising business operations on the shop floor that has about 3000 women workers. He writes about his practical observations there:

"Men accepted criticism of their work as a matter of fact but women almost reacted to any critical remark about their work as though it was an all-out attack on them as individuals - their eyes will fill with tears or flee to the women’s toilet".

Paul Getty goes on and writes that a woman should not think that she is not enough simply because she is not a senior manager "attending board meetings".  There is no need to push or campaign or tilt the world for that.

These views on the role of women Paul Getty appeals to people to consider them as "constructive, common-sense suggestions. I am simply making an appeal to reason, making my puny contribution to the cause of bringing the roles and relationships of the sexes into something approaching a realistic perspectives,  rhetoric and dialectics cannot change what I have learned from observations".


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