[what] personal strength meant in the neolithic...


January 20, 1995

WE KNOW [what] personal strength meant in the neolithic [age]: You carried a big club and you had a rock.

"What does personal strength mean in the age of the laptop? Which, by the way, is a major reason for the rise in the power of women. If upper body strength matters, men win. They are both biologically stronger and they don't get pregnant.

"Pregnancy is a period of male domination in traditional society. On the other hand, if what matters is the speed by which you can move the laptop, women are at least as fast and in some ways better.

"So you have a radical revolution based on technological change and you've got to think that through.

"If you talk about being in combat, what does combat mean? "If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections and they don't have upper body strength. I mean some do, but they're relatively rare.

"On the other hand, men are basically little piglets, you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it, it doesn't matter, you know. These things are very real.

"On the other hand, if combat means being on an aegis class cruiser managing the computer controls for 12 ships and their rockets, a female may again be dramatically better than a male who gets very, very frustrated sitting in a chair all the time -- because males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes."

-- Professor Newt Gingrich, lecturing at Reinhardt College, Jan. 7.

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