A further possibility (and again, a theory, and as such, speculative due to the Buddha's silence upon the subject) is that when the Buddha declared that the Life-span or duration of the Dhamma would be severely curtailed by the ordination of women (in itself a questionable comment, as the Buddha wrote nothing down during his lifetime) it is possible - if he actually said it - that he intended it as an indication of the lack of will-power exercised by men when it came to lustful thoughts and sexual urges. The temptation for monks to stray from the path and not adhere to their vow of celibacy is what concerned him.
Whwether he originated the comment or not, there may be some truth in it, for two reasons:
More often than not, discussions on desire, lust, masturbation and sexual urges are started by men. Women contribute, it must be said. But mainly, it involves male posters.
And any and all newsworthy issues regarding sex-scandals surrounding Buddhist Rinpoches, Lamas and gurus, have all related to male teachers.
No nuns or female eminent Buddhist teachers have as yet succumbed to, or been subjected to the same problem.
But I hasten to add, this is all hypothetical discussion, and all a matter for speculation rather than definitive conclusion.
As things stand, most traditions and schools are sufficiently aware of how important it is to permit the Dhamma to evolve and be transmitted, and the viewpoint of many has broadened sufficiently to eliminate any overt sexual prejudice or deliberately suppressive bias.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment."
Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'. Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!Quieta movere magna merces videbatur.
(Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! http://www.armchairadvice.co.uk/relationships/forum/