when pigs fly … expect the unbelievable

Thinking about gender wars

Posted on: March 9, 2017

We have made a dreadful mistake in capitalizing on gender wars.  As Governor Gandy often said:  “…we don’t want to be better than men, we just want to be equal to them.”

Do you realize that women often exacerbate gender wars by being aggressively non-male in situations where they should not be?  I’m all for saying “girls’ night out” but in a situation where men as well as women are welcome, just because a topic may be more “woman oriented” does not mean that men should not join.

In fact, we do need women to be involved in women oriented things because they are a large, vocal part of our population, and they can be allies.

It’s really not a “gender war.”  It is a battle between progressive thought and the rest.  Look at countries that find the US to be a threat.  When the modern world is seen as a threat, you can bet that the culture represented is a culture in which women have limited rights and men want to keep it that way.

We need to work to re-frame the gender war.  We need to re-frame it to progressives and the rest.  There is a great deal of research out there that suggests that gender balance is a good business imperative, a good politics imperative, a good social and cultural imperative.

Consider, just consider, gender-neutralizing your efforts and your vocabulary in order to pull in more allies.

 

 

 

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