Nov 1, 2009

age old question

Why does it seem men get all the breaks?
Not only do they get the better jobs, make more money, take on less home responsibility, avoid menstruation and pregnancy, are less emotionally complicated, they also stay younger longer.
OK, much of that is an oversimplification, but the latter is true, according to Eastern medicine.
A phone call with my younger sister, who is studying for her doctorate in Eastern medicine, has left me even more miffed at the seeming myriad breaks those of the opposite sex have fall into their laps.
In asking my sister if there were any ancient Chinese herbs or creams I could take to essentially speed up the onset of menopause to avoid having to think about getting pregnant (Random, I know. This is a topic for a future post), she nicely tells me no but, don't worry, because I'm getting old.
Humph. Thanks.
I think she's getting cheeky with me — after years of sibling abuse, I deserve it — but, she explains, women's and men's life cycles differ.
For women, their body's change every seven years: At age seven, they have all their primary teeth, age 14, they have started their period's and ages 21 to 28 are the prime years for having children.
After two more cycles — the seventh cycle of seven years — at age 49, is when menopause starts to kick in and, according to the East, the woman's "essence" diminishes.
Or, in other words, she's old.
However, for men, the cycle is every eight years: At age eight, he has all his teeth, at 16 is considered at man and his prime lasts two eight-year cycles.
As a woman's essence is seven, seven-year cycles, a man's is eight of eight years, which means his "essence" lasts until age 64.
Well, la-tee-da, that explains a lot.
It could be why men cheat on their spouses, remarry younger women, and are described as handsome as they age, not old.
It's not their fault — it's their essence.


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