Bruce Sallan: There was a popular feminist slogan in the early days of "the movement" that went something like, "A woman needs a man as much as a fish needs a bicycle."
Thankfully, we have moved past the radical nature of early feminists' beliefs to a middle ground -- though you'd never know it if you looked at the courses and syllabuses in Women's Studies departments at colleges.
But most men and women -- especially moms and dads -- understand that equality doesn't mean we're the same. We all tend to agree that equal pay for equal work is the way it should be, but in other areas, our gender needs are just different. We are built differently, so get over it.
Men are slugs; women are emotional. Men watch sports; women like chick flicks. Men retreat to their caves; women want to talk about it. Men like to burp and fart; women like to do laundry. Shall I go on, or are you already screaming at your computer screen?
Part of this quirk of nature is that women DO need men, in spite of the feminist rants. We know men need women, if only for the civilizing, order and family they bring to us. (I'm not even mentioning the cooking and laundry.) In fact, studies show that married men live longer than their single counterparts.
But women also need us. It's a fact. Sorry, Ms. College Professor, but it's true, no matter how many bras you burn. And bottom line: We need each other -- and what is wrong with that? But what do I know? After all, I'm just a guy.