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The Question (ID Number 776)...

    In the book Ishmael, when talking about population growth, Ishmael points out that one woman and a hundred men is going to mean just one baby a year, but one man and a hundred women is going to mean a hundred babies a year. By pointing this out, he seems to be blaming women for population growth.

    ...and the response:

    On page 179 Ishmael says,"In terms of population expansion, men and women have markedly different roles." I'm afraid I can't apologize for stating this biological fact. What is true of men and women is true for males and females of ALL species. If you have one mare and twenty stallions, in eleven months you're going to have exactly one colt. But if you have one stallion and twenty mares, you're going to have twenty colts.


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