Re: virus: _____ of Virus

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 1 Dec 1997 13:54:27 -0800 (PST)

On Sun, 30 Nov 1997, Brett Lane Robertson wrote:

> Do
> >> people see religion as a female characteristic...government as male? Does
> >> the idea that women seem more social and more family oriented imply that
> >> government is more approriately a "feminine" persuit?
> >
> >I think in order to grasp your dicotomy I need a clearer understanding of
> >the aspects you're attributing to the "male" or "female".
> >
> >-Prof. Tim
> In this case, I am implying that the biological role of woman as mother/wife
> seems to imply that "family" is more properly feminine: And I am assuming
> that government has taken on a protective, nurturing, "familial" role. I am
> not talking about a particular woman or a particular government,
> really...just that organizing individuals into a group with a central
> governing body might have similarities to raising a family.
> Brett
> ps thanks for your interest.

George Lakoff touched on the differences between nurturing and
authoritarian models of family and government in his lecture for which I
posted notes last March (the notes I sent you copies of on request, for
other bits of their content). You might want to look at what he said
about the contrasting models.