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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You don't want gender equality

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How many of my three readers say they want true equality and parity between men and women? As in each is treated exactly the same regardless of gender.

Last night I posed this question on FB. Everyone who replied as of this column is opposed to the idea.

The ladies, especially, said they are not in favor of parity and equality. They all said they prefer to be treated better than men.

This does not surprise me.

Being a man, I know how we treat each other. The women I know would not appreciate this treatment. If a woman was treated, by a man, the same way he treats his men friends, yeah well.

Let's go ahead and dispense with the biological stuff that says men and women are not equal. Hygiene is a major issue. Women require more of it because of the menstrual cycle. Women get pregnant. Men don't. Men are stronger. The world's strongest woman cannot compete with the world's strongest man one to one. Men are faster; human-powered speed records are held by men. Men are taller, on average. And so on.

So, true parity is impossible.

"That doesn't mean we shouldn't try to treat men and women equally," someone will say.

Cognitive dissonance, rather.
Someone also needs to think a bit longer. Or, more likely, think in the first place.

Should the idea of parity be carried out everywhere possible? I point to the recent addition of women in recognized combat roles. I stress recognized 'cause I've interviewed ladies in the military who were in combat and inflicted casualties on the opposition (not enemy. Opposition). I decline to offer an opinion on this right now. I have opined in the past in this forum.

Back in the early 90s, a female reporter got a bit bent when she was in a pro sports locker room after the game and one of the players, completely nude, waggled his wedding tackle at her and suggested a romp. This created quite an uproar.

The player's action is EXACTLY what men do in locker rooms. To each other. You'll have to ask some pysch types for the possible reasons behind this, but it is what men do. You do not have to like it nor understand it. I offer no opinion on this activity.

I clearly remember at the time being irked for a different reason. I reasoned if women were allowed in men's locker rooms, male reporters should be allowed access to the women's locker rooms. I still have that opinion. Whither parity?

How many of you support this idea? I remind you that once you start carving out exceptions, then you have broken the rule. Further, if you still insist on equality and parity, when you hack those exceptions off, you grant others the right to do the exact same thing.

So here's another question for you who support gender equality. Should we house violent male and female criminals together? Should we house male and female criminals together, period?

Ah so. And so the idea of gender equality crashes into the wall of reality and disintegrates.
And here's yer dose of reality.


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