Why Do Women Like Kids?

25 Aug

Why aren't there more Amazons?

I was thinking last night how great it is that women like kids. I mean, they really like them, even when the parents aren’t around. It really works out well because if it was up to men, I think there would be very few kids around.

Is it a psychological thing, mother’s love? Do women have kids because they are naturally weaker than men and can’t compete in the getting resources/aggressive role, so historically, they’ve adjusted their worth to being in terms of having and nurturing kids for the males, or having males themselves?

If so, then this forced, default value system is really lucky because otherwise there would be no continuity. It seems like someone would have set the system up this way, like God.

Or maybe this is evolutionarily-based. The only members of the weaker sex (or women) that survived in the tribe were those that were submissive to the men. Maybe the women that survived better were the ones that were naturally more submissive. And if we go with this theory, maybe there’s a gene in the human race that makes some people dominant and another gene that makes others submissive. The submissive gene could be like blond hair- either sex can get it, but it’s only helpful for females. And the aggressive one is only helpful for males. But both are passed down equally to the sexes, and men have to pretend to be aggressive, and women, the opposite.

Could we ever test if such genes exist, or if the whole thing is entirely psychological? Assuming that either one of these theories is correct. Maybe one of you who’ve learned some science past the yeshiva high school level can shed some light here.

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6 Responses to “Why Do Women Like Kids?”

  1. Gutman Braun August 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Rebecca Ross posted this on her facebook page today, but it dovetails (whatever that means) nicely with your post today: http://www.doublex.com/section/life/get-your-kid-your-facebook-page?page=0%2C0

    • itchemeyer August 26, 2011 at 2:23 am #

      Sorry your comment was held up by the spam filter. It’s an interesting article, worth thinking about. Thanks.

  2. bendkaye August 30, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    I just do it to get up and close with Rabbi’s Daughters Mothers – then, when they think I’m harmless and let me babysit, mwahahaha

    • itchemeyer August 30, 2011 at 3:20 am #

      “Rabbi’s Daughters Mothers”
      Is that the same person as the Rabbi’s wife?

  3. A. Nuran August 31, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    I’m not sure if this is supposed to be satirical or not. If it is, I’m afraid it didn’t quite work. If it wasn’t, oy, you could jump to conclusions for the Olympics.

    • itchemeyer August 31, 2011 at 5:55 am #

      🙂 That’s a good line.
      Wasn’t satirical, just a train of thought I wrote down.

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