Thank you for the post Ben, that was very good reading.
The Dhamma, Pannapeter:
I think the question of whether Women suffer proportionately greater on average than men is fairly well a moot point. As there is little empirical evidence to suggest that either Women suffer more, or men suffer more, it would probably be better to just merge the two genders in the diagrams into "human."
Personally I still feel that Women suffer more on average than men, due to:
- Desire for children
- The fact that women aren’t equal
in anywhere but the Western nations. Please remember that Western nations only make up about 20% of the world's population, at a generous estimate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population
Again, being conservative with my figures, it would be fair to say that 3/5 women aren't equal in terms of rights, pay parity, and freedom - compared with their male counterparts.
From a 'Noble Truth of suffering perspective' this doesn't necessarily mean that Women suffer more. But from a conventional point of view, it does. Let's also remember what the Buddha had to say about the happiness of a layperson (I'll hunt out a source when I get home.)
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -