How a man is different from a woman, or how a woman is different from a man? How dependent are they between each other? Who is more depended on the other?
Let us compare - this is not for the lighthearted. The below scenario is under the assumption of a controlled environment where only an adult man and an adult woman are alive in an island. In the below cases, it is assumed that sex will lead to pregnancy.
If a man wants to live independent of a woman, he can live. If a woman wants to live independent of a man, she can live. But, if a man wants a progeny, then he should have sex with a woman, look after her during pregnancy and during the initial stage after childbirth, so that the progeny will survive. Thus, in this case a man is dependent on a woman. Similarly, if a woman wants a progeny, then she should have sex with a man, and be dependent on him for the sake of her child and her own care during pregnancy. Thus, in this case a woman is dependent on a man.
If the man wants a progeny and the woman does not want a progeny, and if the man forcefully has sex with the woman (rape), then that man is dependent on the women since he needs the child. She may choose to take care or abandon the child as she wishes. Thus in this case the man is dependent on the woman but also the woman is dependent on the man during the pregnancy (for her own care) but not after the childbirth. If the woman wants a progeny and the man does not want a progeny, and if the woman forcefully has sex with the man, then only the woman is dependent on the man.
If we analyse all the cases above, we see an imbalance between the dependencies. We see that woman is more dependent on man. If a woman wants a progeny or not, she is dependent on a man after sex, while a man is dependent on a woman only if he wants a progeny. Thus there seems to be an imbalance of dependency between a man and a woman where clearly a man has a slight advantage over a woman.
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