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“Akucha” and “Akuchit” we don’t hear anyone

Think about all the other disturbing stories about how women are increasingly acting like men, such as drinking excessively, being aggressive, and stealing. Some people have a nasty habit of attributing their disapproval of anything to “gender equality.” According to reports, male behavior has diverged from what is expected of men. Consider Kay Hymowitz’s concerns that males are behaving more boyishly. Isn’t it true that the topic of gender equality troubles and perplexes us all? When it seems like men and women are “changing positions,” many people respond adversely. But is it actually the case? Let’s examine the evidence in more detail. First off, if you can’t trust your spouse to be loyal, as Peggy Drexler notes in that article, you can’t expect them to answer honestly in a poll. Additionally, studies indicate that men and women both commit adultery at rates that are probably higher than those indicated by survey data. Surveys show that most married people value monogamy and avoid it. In general, neither men nor women engage in sexual misconduct. The reason why becomes immediately clear if we assume that the figures are typically correct and that either more women confess to adultery or more women actually do it than in the past.

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