Mars and Venus

I’ve been told by more than a few people that my site title is itself actually a reference to a quite sexist book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Oops. That is ironically awkward. For any who noticed this, and raised an eyebrow, I’m claiming ignorance! Yes I had heard of the book before, but I did not realize that this was where the common equation of gender to Mars and Venus had become popular. Honestly, I thought that since the King and Queen of the  Greek Gods were named Mars and Venus respectively, it would make sense that they were equated with each gender.

Another instance in which I was ignorant, was what I thought the content of the book was about. I had assumed it was a humorous book about some of the differences between men and women. However, upon hearing about it, and subsequently reading parts of it at the suggestion of Sherrie Gavin, and then reading articles and even the Wikipedia article, the more disgusted I became with it. It really places women on a lower plane than men. It is obviously sexist and demeaning to women.

So just to clarify, I don’t in ANY way support this book, or intend to promote it. That being said, I’ve purchased this domain, so that’s the way it’s staying (the lesson has not been lost on me though). From here on out, if anyone is wondering, I simply wanted a more artful title than “The equality of men and women.” That domain was taken anyway. 

Also, here’s an article refuting much of what the book said. Enjoy!