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May 13 2013

Piano Black – Women are People

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Really? I never knew that! – Avicenna #Sarcasm

I once read in the preface of a book that if males were able to have children themselves, the woman would be essentially useless.

Sorry, I don’t like to think of myself as useless.

“Men are just the incomplete X chromosome.” -S.C.U.M Manifesto

No sorry, we need men just as much as we need women.

Feminism is tricky. Because to each person, male or female, we have our own personal interpretation of it and what it means to us. I can easily say “well, women are better than men. Men don’t want to accept it. That’s why we’re oppressed so much.” or “all men are dogs.”

Using those as explanations, it is a form of lazy logic. I do admit, that  women and men are physically different. But does that really make one inferior to the other, or even superior? No, not at all. Intellectually, are we different? No, because I know that women can read,write, work, and do all of the tasks men can do. Living in the twenty-first century, I think feminism has really changed into what it means and how we should approach it.

My Aunt who was in the heart of the civil rights movement in the 60’s and 70’s would tell me that women in this movement would say “we can bring home the bacon too.” She also described to me the horrors of what misunderstanding that could bring from such a simple, tasty slogan. The whole world mainly thought of the slogan one of two ways “oh my wife wants to work and take care of the kids? That’s great! I can now do less since she wants to do more!” and “since my wife wants to work, that means I don’t have so much stress provide for my family.”

Women, and many other groups of the oppressed just wanted to work, wanted to be valued, and wanting to be treated like a human. As a woman, I never felt as oppressed as my Aunt fortunately, but I have been cheated out of experiences simply because I was female.

From not being able to play sports with the boys to not being trusted in a group with work because my male counterparts seemed more “trusting”.  That raises another question, feminism fights for women to have equal rights, equal pays and having the same opportunities as men, right?

For the most part, we have gotten to that level of equality, way further than 200 years ago, even 40 years ago. Aren’t we women happy? Well, for one, I’m not, because although we have these opportunities now, we still do not have the trust that men have in those occupations. Those occupations because scientists, engineers, athletes, even chefs. I do believe that in order for women to achieve the same status or respect as men, then must work harder to get the same recognition as males do in their occupation.

Personally, we as humans need to stop dwelling on whose inferior or superior. I think we waste too much time arguing about it. I think we are complimentary to each other and we were meant to pick up the slack or someone down faults like others do with ours. Women, it is our job to believe in ourselves and be the person that we truly want to be. Men, it is your job to trust that we can do just as good of a job as you, and to allow us to help you.

Half of our resources would be wasted if we didn’t treat women as people too.

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  1. 1
    oolon

    Good post, so many people seem to misunderstand the simple “Women are people too” refrain. As you say its about treating men and women as just people… Gender is for the most part irrelevant. Averages of any physical/mental properties across two groups tell you nothing about the individuals when the variation within the group is far larger than the differences in average.

    There was an interesting comment on Pharyngula, I think, about women weightlifters in the Olympics. Commenter had done some analysis and it was surprising how close in upper limits to strength men and women are already, despite women being barred from Olympic weightlifting until recently. For myself we took our daughter to the circus yesterday and the women performing there were far stronger than me physically. Without a doubt, despite me being an above average man in terms of strength, they are professional athletes. Despite these day to day examples of the stereotype of men strong women weak being wrong, people stick to it and it colours their thinking.

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    Pen

    The whole world mainly thought of the slogan one of two ways “oh my wife wants to work and take care of the kids? That’s great! I can now do less since she wants to do more!” and “since my wife wants to work, that means I don’t have so much stress provide for my family.”

    That’s one way of having your cake and eating it. The other one is ‘I don’t owe my wife anything since women can go out and work, I’m not stopping her, but oh look, I have just created a series of situations that make it harder for her to do so and restrict her earning power.’ I think that one is still very prevalent these days.

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    Piano Black

    Oolon: That’s an interesting observation, well that supports the equality of women even more. Unfortunately many people are stuck in their ways because that’s what works best for them. I think as we move towards a newer age hopefully our incorrect beliefs just die out. Thank you for commenting and happy reading!

    Pen: I think the latter mode of thought is definitely a more clever subtler one. The more I think about it the more it seems to be true. Thanks for commenting and happy reading!

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    When I began working in high tech, I was often the only woman in the group (work team, project team, whatever). I got a lot of use out of the phrase “Just treat me like a person and we’ll get along fine.” Those who really listened to the words probably realized that their default definition of “person” was “person like me, i.e. male”. But even those who didn’t listen that well got the point that I didn’t want to be treated as anything special.

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    How funny! I think with that simple statement you managed it pretty well and all of the fellas seemed to pick up on it. Thanks for commenting and happy reading!

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