Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Women and depression

Why do women suffer depression at twice the rate of men? Dennis Prager offers some provocative answers.

3 comments:

Alcamadus said...

The problem with his argument is that he is presupposing that femininity and masculinity are by nature apriori. He needs to argue that first before he can even make head way with his current argument.

If the numbers are correct that more women get depressed than men, I wonder if that has to do more with societies demanding oppression on their image. Hollywood movies, commercials, television, the internet, and any other media out there depicts what they think the ideal woman is and if women don't meet those expectations than they have failed. They aren't "beautiful". But one knows that beauty (aesthetics) is truly in the eye of the beholder.

With that said, check out this Dove commercial on the topic of media's distortion of what beauty should be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hibyAJOSW8U

Dennis said...

That masculinity and feminity are a matter of nature and not just nurture, is now beyond dispute. There is no need for him to argue the point.

You wrote, "Hollywood movies, commercials, television, the internet, and any other media out there depicts what they think the ideal woman is and if women don't meet those expectations than they have failed." I think Dennis Prager would agree with this but the previous article he referred to made the point that is was also the expectations of the feminist movement that make women unhappy. In other words, the radical feminists told women they could have it all and when live doesn't turn out that way, they become unhappy.

Alcamadus said...

I was just making suggestion or critique on the argument, because believe it or not there are still lots of people out there that now don't presuppose that there is by nature a femininity or masculinity but they are bi products of society. While I consider this to be ridiculous reasoning, the point remains the same, you have to start from ground zero with some people, otherwise they will just brush you off and say that you are basing your premises on false pretenses...if he doesn't argue his case in full, he's just wasting his breath.

And my second paragraph was just additional thoughts on the matter, I wasn't necessarily disagreeing with him.