Gender equality. Who cares?

Before I get a beating on this “provocative” title, let me state this: There still is much work to be done on gender inequality. Yet young women today sometimes may not realize the wide array of opportunities and challenges they have. In my grandmother’s generation (Circa 1914-1918, WWI) avenues were closed. Barred. Several of my grandmother’s sisters and cousins (female) wanted to be doctors. They ended up being nurses. 😦

So there still is a lot do but there have been many advances. 🙂

I once presented a paper in a Market research Congress on Mexican women, ending up the presentation with Shania Twain’s song: “Man I feel like a woman”.

Equality? Who wants equality when there is definite SUPERIORITY? I submit the following People’s exhibit #1 as proof of Gender superiority! 🙂

The People rest their case. “Let’s go Girls!” 🙂

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PS. Thank you to the Bulan lady for giving me the idea for this post. (No responsibility of hers whatsoever!)

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28 thoughts on “Gender equality. Who cares?

  1. Gender equality is a stupid idea. Equal rights and opportunities is a different matter – but I still feel that it is idiotic not to encourage and foster the masculine characteristics in a man, and the feminine in a woman (and don’t give me the twaddle that they are not inherent) so as to form partnerships with the pair greater than the sum of the singles.

    • “Encouraging” characteristics – masculine for man and feminine for women – is an oversimplification of the gender spectrum where ideas of “feminine” and “masculine” are culturally constructed and might vary significantly from person to person. Sex and gender are not to be approached in a dichotomy of men vs. women or masculine vs. feminine. It is way more complicated than that. The binary is arbitrary and leaves a lot of people out which is why, I would be careful to “encourage” anyone to be more masculine or more feminine whatever that means for you. Also, keep in mind that the definition of gender equality is actually about equal treatment, rights and opportunities for men and women. Doesn’t seem idiotic to me.
      As per forming partnerships, sure, this is what gender equality promotes.

      • Equal treatment, rights and opportunities are all very well – but it gets carried away into pushing the genders into roles for which they are less suited. Nurturing instincts and testosterone cannot simply be brushed aside: they exist, and formulate individual reactions and preferences accordingly. I do not buy into the theory of the cultural construct being entirely causative. It is, in fact, more a responsive one – to natural inclinations for which the reasons were, and remain, valid.

      • I just saw this reply and I am afraid you are still using an over simplistic lens. What are these “roles” that men/women are less suited for? What do you mean by nurturing instincts? Why would these be assigned only to women? Can’t a man have nurturing instincts? Are all women mothers? They are not, so again, reducing women’s characteristics and roles in society to motherhood’s or to their nurturing instincts is just having a narrow vision of how things works. This vision leaves outside any person who doesn’t fit your fixed categories of testosterone vs. nurturing instinct. How about LGBT communities who do not identify themselves with female or male genders? What is their “role” in society? Should they just be left out because genders shall not be pushed “into roles for which they are less suited for”? Predetermined gender roles are one of the greatest challenges to gender equality.

      • Thank you Heartafire. Watched Palmer’s video. I can see what you mean by some of the production values. The main difference, apart from a female guitar player whose we do not see, in Palmer’s video, Man is center-stage and the women just have to dance and be pretty! In Shania twain’s Woman is center-stage! With a great sense of humour!
        take care!

  2. Thank you for your comments! I should have known this would happen when posting Shania Twain’s video! 🙂
    Here’s my (very personal) view: the debate between Nature and Culture has been raging since the 18th century, ever since Rousseau’s apology of “le bon sauvage” (The good savage). Nature? Culture? One or the other? Both I believe. The exact proportion I don’t know but I would venture to guess 50/50. We (humankind) are a product of both. Opponents of the Nature side derive arguments from the ill-fated eugenism theories and practices of the 30’s and 40’s. So Nature, for some is a no-no! But we can’t ignore it. A very simple example: men do not bear children. Period. A fact. Now Culture? Yes, a very strong determinant. To be taken very seriously. Female athletism in the 50’s and 60’s was simply a non-event. Now female athletes (tennis, running, jumping, swimming, etc.) hold their ground. And very well. A barrier has been crushed. Good. A little girl wants to play soccer? great! Let’s do it. Yet in some cultures, a little girl finds it hard to be allowed to ride a bicycle. (Let alone drive a car! No names.) See the wonderful movie Wadjda (La bicyclette verte) by a Saudi female director. Many female professional tennis players strike harder balls than many male tennis players, yet at the same level, males still hit stronger. Nature cannot be ignored, neither can Culture. The key, in my view, is to break down cultural barriers, which still exist everywhere to a varying degree, so that everyone, boy or girl gets a chance to excel at what she or he wants to do best. Another movie worth seeing for a balanced view is Billy Elliot.
    Yes, Gender roles are culturally-biased, but one cannot ignore Nature.
    And, going back to my original “argument”: Shania Twain’s song and video, I, personally am proud to live in a culture, which, for all its remaining faults, “allows” the Shania Twains to sing and dance their own words.
    Have a great week y’all!
    🙂

  3. I agree with you. And with the Colonel. A blanket equal status is a myth. In a perfect world every individual would be free to be as masculine or feminine as they choose to be without discrimination. Sadly the world is far from perfect.

    • Indeed it is not. 😦 Looks we screwed up like all our predecessors… Though, when I look at my daughters, their drive, their passion for whatever they do, I tend to think there has been a little progress. (even if one sometimes needs husband’s written approval for a trip or a visa!) 😦
      Be good

  4. gender equality is a naïve concept, both genders are legally/biologically equal but they are never treated like equals 😉

    sad part is women often act like crabs in a basket, trying to pull down those who try to climb out 😉

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