Gender issues are currently enjoying a resurgence in conversation around the globe, and rightly so. Are men and women really hardwired from birth to think, act and communicate differently? For generations we have been led to believe gender determines how we think and act. As women fight for gender parity in wages and the workplace, and feminism worldwide works to root out a culture of violence against women, what of men? Sometimes in the urge to press forwards with women’s issues – important though that they are – men’s needs are ignored.
Realizing that this was a problem, author and marriage counsellor John Gray saw a way to open the discussion to include men. In his 1992 best-selling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Gray promoted a new twist to the old theory that men and women are by nature different, and therefore act and communicate differently. And millions nodded their heads sagely and said, “I always knew that.” And, almost everything in our society today – health products, movies, educational pedagogy, and gymnasiums – is designed to reinforce the two-planet theory.Continue Reading