Internally, "men and women have different levels of certain hormones; for example, men have a higher concentration of androgens such as testosterone, while women have a higher concentration of estrogens (LifeForm Network Inc.). These things are rather obvious as we all perceive men to be the physically stronger sex than women. Later in our discussion, this premises on differences will lead to some conclusion about gender roles.
As to intelligence, there is known to be little difference between men and women. Specifically, the findings are: "an average man performs better on tests of spatial and mathematical ability, while women perform better on tests of verbal ability and memory" and "men's IQ has greater variance, which means that there are more men than women in the very high and very low IQ groups" (LifeForm Network Inc.). Behaviorally, men are known to be more physically aggressive, has more sexual drive, has more positive attitude than women, are less emotions but also has less willingness to express emotions to women (LifeForm Network Inc.).
Different societies have difference views of men and women. ...
Different societies have difference views of men and women. Some countries, like the Muslim countries and in Africa, women are treated much less than in other countries. One thing in common however is that women are viewed as inferior to men. Only the magnitude of difference matters. Men are usually more educated, has higher position and therefore higher salaries than women, although in some democratic countries the gap is closing in. There is certainly a difference between a man and a woman, and these are obvious in the things we have mentioned above.
The Distorted View
The difference between men and women does not necessarily mean that we box them into certain stereotypes to the point of heaping abuse on some. The literatures written by Judy Brady and Robert Bly were honest exposition of how men and women are normally seen in the society. The women as wives are seen as mere satisfiers of man's physical and emotional desires as if without intrinsic value (Brady). The women, as in most countries bear more of the family burdens especially child-bearing and child-rearing while not being exempted from the financial responsibility (Brady). This is an honest portrayal of the fate of some wives, but this is not correct. On the other hand, Bly portrayed men as nave, without self-control and self-will, therefore falls prey to women (Bly). It is their too much love and desire for women that robs them of intelligence and wit. Again, the authors are honest in portraying gender roles, but this is not necessarily right.
Conclusion: What the Bible Says
Elliot believes that God has made the physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and all other aspects of a male or female for a purpose