THINK ON THESE: The battle of sexes

Man is man and woman is woman. A man can never be a woman nor a woman can be a man. In the same manner, James Bond – the fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming – can never be a Jane Bond.

That’s what Ana de Armas, who appeared opposite Daniel Craig in No Time to Die, thinks so, too. “There’s no need for a female Bond,” she was quoted as saying by The Sun. “There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over. This is a novel, and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s at.”

Craig echoed the same opinion. “The answer to that is very simple,” Craig replied when asked whether or not Bond should be a woman. “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”

Barbara Broccoli, the franchise’s longtime producer of Bond flicks, couldn’t help but agree. “He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male,” she told The Guardian. “And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”

Women can do what men can do. In some instances, they can even outdo men. As British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” Or as American first lady Michelle Obama puts it: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

Madeleine Albright has the same opinion. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg subscribed to the same idea. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

It was from a man that a woman was created by God. Genesis 2:21-23 chronicles how the first woman came to be: “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man.’

The Bible story came into my mind when I heard a little girl who was asked during a Sunday school if she knew the story of Adam and Eve. “Of course, I do,” she replied. “First God made Adam and then looked at him and said, ‘I think I can do better,’ so He created a woman.”

Here’s another version: A small child came home from Sunday school and told her mother: “The teacher told us how God made the first man and the first woman.  He made man first, but the man was very lonely with no one to talk to, so God put the man to sleep, and while he was asleep, God took out his brains and made a woman out of them.”

Then, the battle of sexes took place. “Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men,” said Joseph Conrad. British novelist Oscar Wilde has this opinion: “Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.”

With women, there are always two choices. Will Rogers advises: “There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works.” Ihre Freundin said: “There are two kinds of women in the world: those who take a man’s strength and those who give a man strength.”

Now talking about two types of women, a psychoanalyst shares: “My women patients can be divided into two categories: the ones who work and the ones who stay at home.  The former suffer from a guilt complex, the latter from frustration.”

Have you ever wondered why there are few women in combat?  Elaynse Boosler replies: “We have women in the military, but they don’t put us in the front lines. They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, ‘You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms.’”

This story contradicts, however. A foremost anthropologist supports the idea of coed conscription, but draws the line at letting the ladies be battleaxes. Her reason: “I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.”

Military generals, are you listening?

Here are some words of wisdom about women from noted personalities. Oscar Wilde: “Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat.”  Aristotle Onassis: “If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.”

In 1966’s The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, Mignon McLaughlin wrote: “Women are never landlocked: they’re always mere minutes away from the briny deep of tears.”  In 1933’s Literature in My Time, Compton Mackenzie penned: “Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen.”

Are men and women really different?  Elissa Melamed noted: “Men look at themselves in mirrors.  Women look for themselves.” Oscar Wilde differentiates: “Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.”

Will Rogers contends: “Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.”  Elayne Boosler argues: “When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.”  Yul Brynner quips: “Women have an unfair advantage over men: if they can’t get what they want by being smart, they can get it by being dumb.”

If a man is looking for attention, don’t expect it from a woman. “Women, it is said, do not concentrate,” David Garnett reminds. “They can attend to the subject at hand, but their attention does not the wholeheartedness of a man’s.  If so, it is just possible that since women have been cooking supper, mending clothes, listening to half a dozen children talking at once, and keeping them good-tempered and amused since before the dawn of history, they have learned to be able to attend to several things at a time.  A man, on the other hand, focuses his mind.”

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