} The Oracle has been female as well as male, and can answer your
} question. Women do in fact gossip more than men do in groups ot one
} sex, but not much more. Gossip is a _human_ trait, not specifically a
} female one.
} Whence the stereotypes? The Oracle thinks that it's envy and wishful
} thinking on the part of men, which, until modern feminists so foolishly
} gave the game away, women humored and allowed to remain untouched.
} Women are much more practical than men. Because they are usually
} smaller and have much less physical strength than men (testosterone sure
} makes for powerful muscles), the practical women of years past let the
} men do all the heavy, dull, and over-specialized work. Therefore men
} ended up doing most of the heavy labor, almost all the fighting, almost
} all the governing and plotting. Meanwhile, crafty women manipulated
} everything behind the scenes, and _generalized_. A "housewife" is
} teacher, nurse, cook, artist, designer, business manager (often), and so
} on; a "working man" spends 40 hours or more every week doing the same
} dull, plodding, repetitive work.
} "But women need EMPOWERMENT!" cry the feminists. Stupid, ignorant,
} unobservant fools. Any woman worthy of the name has at least her
} husband completely under her thumb, and utter control of her household,
} not to mention the first shot at molding the minds and characters of her
} children. That's near-complete power over at least one other person,
} and possibly a dozen. How many average men can aspire to that?
} "But women are OPPRESSED and DEPRIVED of OPPORTUNITIES to REALIZE their
} INTELLECTUAL POTENTIALS!" cry the feminists again. Yeah, used to be
} that way...still is, to a degree. But what's happening now is a great
} decrease in the average woman's authority and influence, just so that a
} few high- flyers can lower themselves to the status of men. Ever
} noticed how utterly terrifying and perfectionistic most women become
} when they learn to excel in what's traditionally a man's job? Female
} doctors and scientists are usually monomaniacal, equipped with the
} killer instinct, and veru competent but utterly nasty professionally.
} They are unholy terrors, channeling all of their generalist talents into
} one narrow field, trying to crush their eclectic female natures into a
} narrow masculinity.
} Anyhow, women have longer lives, better health, fewer genetic diseases
} (2 X chromosomes, remember), innate practicality, and a talent for the
} general rather than the specific. Apart from (arguably) the last of
} these, and physical strength, they are superior to men.