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Women live in the same state of nature as men Hobbes understanding of human nature and the state of nature is not gender-biassed Although his syntax is male oriented I believe that Hobbes thought of men and women as having the same nature That is in the absence of an authority figure both sexes would have a solitary poor nasty brutish and short 316 life I propose that Hobbes three principal causes of quarrel First competition secondly diffidence thirdly glory 316 apply in both the nature of man and woman There will be disorder from either of the sexes exhibiting competition diffidence and glory Why according to Hobbes should women expect as miserable a life as men should Womens aspirations today to fulfill traditional female roles and a desire to be as successful as men impel women to competition diffidence and glory In considering competition as a factor giving rise to conflict in a disorganized state of nature Hobbes had in mind persons obtaining the resources they wanted by overcoming anyone who stood in the way The goal for man is to gain whatever is necessary to hold the upper hand and disadvantage any competitors for those resources The goal is equally applicable for women Women compete with one another for a mate All women are in the race and the first one past the post is considered to be the worthiest of her gender If a woman needs an edge in the battle for a mate it is more than likely that she will try to sabotage the opposition One might think that the examples in the television soap operas are exaggerations invented for entertainment However they are honest in that they portray the baser instincts of women In one show xs cousin wants to break up xs relationship with
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