In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. And on that sixth day, God made man from the dust of the ground. Then God saw that it was not good for a man to be alone. And then God took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. And God made a woman. The thought that man first appeared on earth speaks for men’s superiority. But the fact that women were created after men meant God made perfection in women and that men were just his initial draft in making human species. Thus, woman was the last creation. Women were God’s masterpiece.
But, beyond religion, in which women may portray as a source of temptation, women can be at their best socially, physically and politically. Little has been known about women in history. Women were just figures of fertility and that their functions were limited to the propagation of human race. In ancient Greece, the idea of citizenship was not for women. Plato mentioned in in The Republic, that guardian woman should be treated equally as men but not as strong as men. The notion, which states that “not as strong as men”, belittles the capacity of women to govern, to lead, and to participate in the state of affairs. Woman’s right to vote was only approved in 1920. At present, there are only thirteen elected women heads of state or government out of over 180 countries. In theatre, Hroswitha, the first post Roman playwright was overshadowed by men. Is it because men’s insecurity that women were God’s masterpiece? Or is it because our patriarchal society that degrades the position of women?
But women are not as small as how history and how society depict. Women excel in the field that men are expected to dominate. The field of mathematics, science and engineering were once so-called the world of men. But we have Judith Resnick, the American astronaut who was the second American woman in space. We have Racel Carson, an environmentalist and Mary Edwards Walker who was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, and the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.
Women have also improved their status quo in other profession. In the early 40s, America’s manpower and population in the military was decreasing. In effect, the military sought to incorporate women in the field. Almost 400,000 women served in with the armed forces, a number exceeded total male troop strength in 1939. When Marines were attacked in Afghanistan, no one paid any attention if they were men or women. So, who says guns and gears are only for men?
In health, stroke, cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, kill men more than women do. Also, psychological tests now suggest that women have greater tolerance for pain. Thus, women live longer than men, a truth revealed by statistics.
And we say, behind every man’s success, there is a woman. Woman can be a source of man’s strength and also his weakness. Adam could not have survived in the garden alone without Eve. He asked for it. Men asked for women. Behind the heroism of Ninoy Aquino is a woman of courage, Cory Aquino. Though we believe that no man is an island, we will never find in any text that no woman is an island. Therefore, women can and will survive.
And how women make men weak indicates an unconscious power of women, Samson, a man gifted with might, lost his glory when Delilah cut his hair, his source of strength.
Lastly, a woman is made of perfect balance. Both have strength and beauty. Women are better to be seen than men. Women can be found in the front cover of all types of magazine. Women pose in men’s magazine and also in women’s magazine. Though men may be featured in female’s magazine, it is rare for a man to pose in men’s magazine. This is because women are appreciated by any gender.
Men will always argue that they are the stronger sex as much as women do. But men owe a lot from women. The mere fact that all men have X chromosome from their mothers is a tribute to women. They will never be complete without it. Women have two X chromosomes. According to studies, two X chromosomes meant women are stronger and more immune to diseases compared with men having a combination of XY chromosomes. Thus, by biological composition, women are far better than men, having fuller breasts and wider hips.
Therefore, the weaker sex is not the female. Otherwise, we would not have JK Rowling, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Oprah, and Gabriela Silang. Women were God’s masterpiece, his last best creation.
A speech I made for one of my subjects in College, 4 years ago