Happy International Women’s Day!
Today, we recognize women by celebrating their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. Today is also a call to action to accelerate gender parity. With respect to this day, I’d like to talk about feminism and why we should all appreciate it for what it is, and what it calls for.
Feminism argues that women are equal to men. If you disagree with this idea, I am not sorry to say: you don’t like women, or you think that you’re superior to women. You can’t get around it. And if this is the case, you’re narrow-minded and flat-wrong.
Sure, some people may take feminism so far that they hate men. Well, that’s not feminism anymore. It’s just as bad.
Further, if you aren’t aware, men can also be feminists. Yeah, I know, it’s a wild idea. But it’s true. Feminism is not strictly for women, it’s about women. And quite a number of men are feminists.
Now, some folks out there actually can’t see how women are equal to men. I guess for those of you who feel this way, I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t.
First, men and women are different. Glad we got that one out of the way. But when I say they’re different, in no way does that suggest one is superior to the other. In fact, that is not at all the case. It means they are different – that’s it. What men bring to the table is different from what women bring to the table, and vice versa, but they both bring things that serve as a yin-yang type a’ deal.
For example, women carry the offspring, while men serve as the strong protectors to that offspring, and the family as a whole. Now, I don’t mean to infer this in a sexist manner. I think we need to appreciate the spectrum on which men and women are placed; a dichotomy, if you will, of personality traits, temperaments, likes, dislikes, and a whole range of other things that define our self concept.
Clearly, if you are understanding me correctly, I’m saying men can be whoever they want, and so can women. Neither sex is bound to a certain gender, and in no way do I advocate for such boundaries. That’s what society advocates for.
*By sex, I mean male and female, and by gender, I mean masculine and feminine.
However, I do believe men and women contribute, for the most part, to certain parts of the human condition. While men seem to be superior in strength, women seem to be superior in emotional reasoning – and, let me stress, for the most part.
Second, and going along with this point, I think this is true on a biological level. For example, men have larger quantities of the hormone testosterone, which is involved in strength building, whereas women have larger quantities of estrogen, which is involved in the shaping of the female physique and regulation of menstrual cycles. Both men and women have these hormones, and a host of other ones, but men typically have more testosterone, and women typically have more estrogen. In addition, the spectrum idea is consistent with random statistical variation within not only human populations, but also populations of different species.
To make my point, men and women are different, yet they overlap with each other on a number of things like cognition, personality traits, likes, dislikes, and so forth. Men and women complete each other. But without one, you can’t have the other!
If one thinks feminism causes more problems than not, you’re gravely mistaken. Feminism is simply a paradigm that unites women, and calls to unite with men as one. Once one understands this, feminism isn’t so bad after all.
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“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty in everything.” – Vincent van Gogh