At 3:38 AM -0400 9/4/01, Sophie Brissaud wrote:
>Another simple example - our dear old archetypal Sun and Moon whose deities
>(and linguistic genders) are respectively masculine and feminine in some
>cultures and the reverse in other cultures (Shintoist Japan, our ancestors
>the Gauls or was it the Germans, etc.) And while we're there, the masculine
>bull is the symbol for the very feminine zodiacal sign Taurus and the
>reputedly swaying, curvaceous, gentle and feminine sign Libra is amongst the
I am sceptical of biologically determined gender preferences, but I just spent a weekend in the same house with a 8 month old baby and am strongly convinced that there is a built-in biological urge to cuddle and aid small round things (not to mention make funny faces at them).
I suppose this instinct is nature's way of preventing mothers from tossing the baby out the window after the 30th straight night of crying...