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The Female Of The Species

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When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When Nag, the wayside cobra, hears the careless foot of man,
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can,
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail -
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
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Michael Walker 13 August 2019
I will not delete my comments on Kipling's poem.
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Michael Walker 30 July 2019
In some ways, an original, refreshing poem, so different to today's pro-female propaganda and men-hating feminists. 'The female of the species is more deadly than the male' summarizes the poem and it is a startling judgment. Kipling produces plenty of evidence for his assertion.
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Michael Walker 01 August 2019
When I referred to 'today's pro-female propaganda' and militant feminists, I was referring only to my own country, New Zealand.
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Ripper Moore 04 April 2008
Such a delightfully vicious poem! I love this work, but I find that most people who quote it miss the message. Kipling is not saying women are more inherently dangerous on a pound for pound basis, or more likely than a man to win fair fight; he is saying a woman, when she deems violence necessary, is more likely to act decisively, without scruple, and without being so foolish as to allow a fair fight. Man's instinct is to 'win a competion', whereas Woman's is to 'remove a threat', and that subtle distinction makes her, when the occasion warrants it, more ruthless and unpredictable, thus more deadly.
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Brian in Chile 03 August 2018
A rather astute analysis, my literate friend.
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Michael Walker 13 August 2019
A subtle, penetrating comment, which basically says it all. When I referred to 'pro-female propaganda', I meant the New Zealand newspapers, mainly, which always endorse women's rights, but never men's rights. Television is much the same, although I have little or no time for their news programs.
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