From Anita Hill's accusations of harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas to Gennifer Flowers' claim of ** an illicit affair with presidential candidate Bill Clinton, from the date rape trial of William Kennedy Smith (acquitted) to that of Mike Tyson (convicted), it has been a rough year for relations between the sexes. On Valentine's Day, it is fair to ask: Can men and women get along?
That is a far different question from the old male cry of "What do women want?" The question has usually been asked with the heavy implication that no one could ever provide a rational or lasting answer -- mostly because the answer would have to come from women who, from the male point of view, were often irrational and fickle.
Nowadays, though, the questions being asked publicly about relations between the sexes are no longer restricted to the point of view of one sex. Women's voices have joined the debate. Moreover, there is increasing recognition that terms like "irrational" or "fickle" have been traditionally defined largely by men, resulting in an incomplete picture of human nature. But even though the questions are getting better, the answers remain elusive.