I want to post an update to my previous MyTake, in which I argued that since women suffer more from physical and mental diseases, women should be compensated somehow.
Thanks to a conversation with someone, I’m starting to see the issues with the post.
Part of the reason women suffer more from both physical & mental illness is because it’s been proven that men are more likely to die from almost every illness than women, so the men who had illnesses are already dead by the time they do studies on which gender is healthier.
Therefore it could be said that compensation could involve making women more likely to die from their physical & mental illnesses.
This could be used to justify including women in the military draft - so that they die, & therefore end their suffering.
& Another part of the reason women die less from physical & mental diseases is because evolutionarily speaking, women's bodies NEED to survive better than men, precisely because they give birth. Put it this way: If there are 3 men and 7 women, you can have 7 kids at a time, whereas if you have 7 men and 3 women, you can only have 3 kids at a time. This is why women are more sensitive to pain & experience more symptoms when ill than men: because pain tells you to get help. Which is part of the reason women are more likely to visit doctors (and therefore recover from their illnesses) than men: they feel more symptoms from them, which encourage them to see doctors, so that they survive. I suppose that feeling more symptoms could be considered a fair price for, well, surviving, depending on the illness.
So it could be said that although being the ones to give birth (and therefore menstruate & be more sensitive to pain as well) can be seen as a disadvantage, it may be a fair price to pay for being more likely to survive.
Would I rather be in a doctor's office or a graveyard?
Also, another person mentioned that people with chronic illnesses are exempt for the draft anyway, so this would involve women being more likely to be exempt from the draft, thus being partially beneficial for women in some ways. Decent point.
Anyway, I’m not ready to abandon the concept just yet, but I just felt I’d update.