Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

Don’t shoot the messenger, girls.

“The male is by nature superior and the female inferior…the one rules and the other is ruled.”
-ARISTOTLE

Reader Katie took umbrage to my article the other day that men are superior to women.

It’s not supposed to be “men vs women.” Feminism and blogs like this are both banging the same drum – “team man vs team woman! Women are better than men! No, men are better than women!” What’s truly good for men is also good for women because good men are good for women. And good women are good for men. We are not supposed to be adversaries – at our best we are interconnected in many ways, and our growth and virtue and honor benefits those around us, men and women.

The natural assumption if someone states that men are superior is that the interlocutor is adversarial to women. This is a defensive posture on the part of the accuser as the alternative is more unpalatable; a non-adversarial posture of superiority is unsettling precisely because no conflict is intended or sought. Or to put it in the more common vernacular, a position of superiority with zero fucks given drives women up the wall.

From the time of antiquity across all cultures the assumption was that men are superior to women. Here is a website dedicated to women in the ancient world which tries hard to disparage the gross indifference that men of the time held for women.

It seems clear, then, that Athenians saw women as beguiling creatures capable of causing considerable harm to themselves and others, and weaker in mind and body than men. Many believed that young girls were somewhat wild and difficult to control and that virgins were subject to hallucinations that could encourage them to be self-destructive. The solution was an early marriage, for only after a woman had delivered her first baby could she be a fully-operational female.

I can’t disagree with any of this. Look around the modern world and tell me that the ancients had it all wrong. That we consider ourselves to be morally superior to those who came before us would be laughable if it were not so tragic.

When I state that men are superior to women I do so with calm indifference, the same way that I would state that the sun rises in the east. These are nothing more than facts. That a fact may be unpleasant to the listener does not mean that the person delivering the information is antagonistic. I do indeed believe that men and women are complimentary. But complimentary does not mean equal. Women are naturally content when they are confidently led. To be led is to be under control. Men lead because we are superior. We are the unyielding shore upon which breaks the rages of women’s emotion. In such a state women are contained and protected from their own unwholesome attitudes and thus they are happy.

If you need us to keep yourselves under control then pardon me for saying so but you’re clearly inferior. That’s just the way it is. The sooner that we as a society rediscover this fundamental truism then the less problems we will have.

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13 Comments

  1. Matt

    Very well said. People make the assumption that when we speak of superiority, we are gloating about it, when really we are calmly stating the facts.

  2. Fuel Filter

    The best and most definitive long essay on this subject is Shopenhauer’s “On Women”. Sorry I don’t have a link handy but it’s in the public domain. It is a MUST read for every man (and woman, for that matter).

  3. liz

    I do think men are superior.
    But I still like being a girl. I’d hate to be a guy.

  4. Katie

    Seems kind of pointless to be talking about whether men or women are better when they are clearly meant to fit together and benefit each other. Men are better at being men and women are better at being women – shocker! But in the modern world I can understand that men might need to assert their superiority to compensate for the feminist zeitgeist. And the men here definitely aren’t complimentary (complementary maybe ;). Saying men are better than women and constantly talking about cases where women are being crazy does seem provocative/antagonistic. But I’m glad if that’s not what you truly think.

    • Dave

      >”But I still like being a girl. I’d hate to be a guy”

      >”Men are better at being men and women are better at being women”

      Then why do so many women today act like and try to be men?

      • Andrew X

        And the reason for that is that genuine “superiority” (and I’m not sure I agree with the word, but we will go with it for now) calls for genuine, real, and profound responsibility.

        So when you go to young men… boys… and tell them that they are in NO way “superior”, and that “masculinity” is all an immoral lie, a great many of them see the deal clearly. No superiority means no responsibility –physical, professional, personal, sexual, whatever. Wheeee, I’ll take that deal!

        And the video game industry rejoices.

      • Katie

        Because people are stupid. Because the thing that is glamorized in western culture is women acting like men. Because men are often feminized and shunted aside and women are trying to fill the void that they leave. Because egalitarianism is a huge driving force in our day, coming out in feminism, socialism, affirmative action, insane immigration policies, etc, with the rhetoric of compassion but drawing its true strength from insecurity, envy and dark guilt in people’s hearts. There’s also some element of those in power wanting a weak, controllable population made of interchangeable cogs. Excellence is threatening.

      • Dave

        @Katie

        “Because people are stupid. Because the thing that is glamorized in western culture is women acting like men. Because men are often feminized and shunted aside and women are trying to fill the void that they leave. Because egalitarianism is a huge driving force in our day, coming out in feminism, socialism, affirmative action, insane immigration policies, etc, with the rhetoric of compassion but drawing its true strength from insecurity, envy and dark guilt in people’s hearts. There’s also some element of those in power wanting a weak, controllable population made of interchangeable cogs. Excellence is threatening.”

        Yeah and you wymons KEEP going out and voting for it all willing even though voting is still anonymous in Australia, Christ, even when no one knows which way you vote, you still vote for it!!!!!!!!!

        How many women actually voted for Fraser Anning?

        Wemon are the wrecking ball of civilizations.

    • Katie

      @dave
      I’m sure lots of women do vote for things like that. I don’t. It is frustrating, I agree.

  5. Borepatch

    Interestingly, the early Roman Empire (to, say 100 A.D. if not beyond) had a lot of the same Men vs. Women issues as we see today (particularly around faithfulness to the spouse). Don’t have a link handy but Suetonius is full of spicy details of the women in the Imperial family and what they got up to. Robert Graves repurposed this into a more readable form (Lives of the Twelve Caesars). Yes, it was the Imperial family, but upper class behaviors weren’t very different, they were just less recorded in the histories.

    This is actually in pretty stark contrast with Greece, where this was considered pretty scandalous.

  6. John C

    Hey Adam i have one for from the bible

    1 Timothy 2:8‭-‬15 NIV

    Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety

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