The Gender Divide
In a decades-old tv sitcom, Mork and Mindy, alien Mork (from the planet, Ork) and earthling Mindy fall in love and have a baby. Unlike earthlings, though, Mork is the one who carries and delivers the egg.
The egg starts out as you might expect: chicken-egg sized and white. Mork sits on it in his newly made nest, and the egg grows to about six feet tall. When it hatches, a 6 foot tall, middle- aged man emerges. He will grow younger, not older. All Orkians do.
So Mindy, if she lives long enough, will end up with two big babies on her hands, only they won’t be big, they will be baby-size.
If you’re a guy, this is not such a bad deal! You start off with middle-age/late-age man problems. You might need to get up during the night. You might not be as muscle-bound. You might not react to stimulus the way you once could. Sign him up! What’s not to like about growing younger? Slightly awkward voice-changing/acne phase, but otherwise, pretty nice. Evolving through from teens to older age doesn’t really change much in a man, so going backwards isn’t such a drastic devolution.
Put a woman in that scenario, though. Let’s wind the clock back — here comes menopause! Now child-birth! Now periods and cramps and PMS. Whaaat…you don’t want to?
It’s a bit like the proverbial “what if” question: What if you could time travel, would you go back in time, and if so…to what era?
Men, in the unofficial and biased poll in my head, seem for the most part willing to line up in the “yes” line. Take him back to when he was the uncontested stronger sex, wearing the pants in the family, the bread winner, the initiator, the head of the family. Women have to ask — what era? Well let’s see, we didn’t have the right to vote in those years, we couldn’t hold credit in our own name in those, we weren’t allowed to wear pants then, we were supposed to wait for men to initiate, and heaven help you if it were known than you were a divorcee.
I found this an interesting perspective from which to look at gender, and #metoo. When did women have it so good that most of us would return to it? I think we are building that era — it is yet to come.