There are a number of things I think about when we discuss sexism against women and men.
“Equal is equal” is one of them—the notion that all humans should be treated equally regardless of anything.
And how difficult it is for men and women to accept “equal is equal” among the two halves of our species, let alone all ethnic and sexual minorities.
Men don’t believe women; women don’t believe women; women still get the most discrimination against them the world over.
But Equal is Equal. At least it should be.
It’s one of the toughest concepts to internalize, but it is the very one that we should embrace for all audiences, classrooms, readers, politicians, parents, children, workers, writers, professional athletes, actors, girls, and boys.
But the violence against women—reported and not reported—is still the greatest preventable crime still allowed across the world.
And how can we end this sexism in every “world”—First, Second, Third, and Developing?
Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.”
When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”
Writer and professor Camille Paglia writes in Sex, Art, and American Culture, “Feminism keeps saying the sexes are the same. It keeps telling women they can do anything, go anywhere, say anything, wear anything. No, they can’t. Women will always be in sexual danger.”
Vice President Joseph Biden, who has been an advocate for Women’s Rights and laws that severely punish perpetrators of violence against women, “the single greatest danger to a woman’s health is violence from men.”
(Sources: Mary Dickson)
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