Thursday, June 09, 2011

Complementary vs overlapping distribution

In linguistics complementary and overlapping distribution contrast. Phonemes are found in either complementary or overlapping distribution, but not both. Men and women are complementary in their reproductive organs, but that's about it. The height of men and women has overlapping distribution, and there participation in the workforce likewise. Men and women are not identical, but they have widely overlapping characteristics.

So all my writing about what men and women in the Bible do is simply to note that they have overlapping skills and roles. Men and women both participate in subsistence farming, in skilled artisanship, and in managerial roles. Since this has always been true, to varying extents, it seems that women are by nature geared towards productive work, skilled craft, and leadership positions, as are men. It is only for a brief few years, from about the 1920's to the 1970's that most women were out of the work force.

When women are ambitious for work, it is not because they are rebellious against God, sinful, disrespectful of their husband, and so on. It is because this is the nature of being human. We all have a drive to create, design and produce. Some women don't have the opportunity for this kind of women until their 40's and 50's. Its a tricky thing. But it is best to realize that when women want to get out and work, it is because this is caused by our basic human ambition to work. We could not survive without this.

1 comment:

Jay said...

"When women are ambitious for work... It is because this is the nature of being human. We all have a drive to create, design and produce."


That is just so true and well said.