Feminism Today

In early August, 2004, The Vatican released a "Letter to the Bishops" about Feminism. The letter expressed a conservative look at traditional "Family Values" and reaffirmed the basic differences between men and women. The letter said that the Catholic Church believe that we will retain our gender in heaven, although there will be no marriage there. I agree with that position.

On National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, August 4, 2004, Neil Simon interviewed John Allen, Vatican Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter about the Vatican Letter. He also interviewed Steven E. Rhoads, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia, author of Taking Sex Differences Seriously

Rhoads made this very interesting point:
"Testosterone increases libido: men are more interested in sex and more interested in sex with more partners. "Friends" and "Sex in the City" can suggest that men and women enjoy casual sex equally, but in fact women are far more likely to regret their sexual experiences and to feel used hurt and demeaned after casual sex."

Simon also interviewed Carol Rivers, author of Same Difference: How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs, who argued the other side of the story.

All in all, this show was an important discussion of this important issue. Listen to NPR story "Gender Differences."