The Feminist Paradox

Because if men and women are equal, why do we make such a big fuss over the times when they actually are? If this truly was the case in today’s society, such things would be the norm and go unnoticed. The fact that we place so much emphasis on examples in the media that portray women as equal to men shows us just how much inequality there is.


7 thoughts on “The Feminist Paradox

  1. Two different concepts equality and parity. Men and women are different. Expecting the same number of women and men to study computer programing is silly. Expecting the same number of men and women to study nursing is just silly. What gets celebrated in the media isn’t equality, but parity. When we successfully limit male participation in an activity to the level of female interest, we are being very inequitable, but achieving parity. It is parity that is being celebrated, not equality.

    • I completely agree about your assessment of people’s expectations, but I’m not sure what the difference between parity and equality is…I’ve looked both words up, but they seem to have the same definition?

      • Looking in the dictionary the definitions are so similar that in many cases they are identical. This is why I say fighting for Equality is bad. It is to easily confused with parity or sameness. Parity and equality are two very different concepts, this is why they are two different words. The difference is connotation not denotation. When talking about equality in gender, the connotation is one of equal opportunities. There are not laws prohibiting women from studying math.

        In “equality” the best qualified person get the job/promotion regardless of gender. You have the same considerations.

        When talking about parity in gender, the connotation is one of the same numbers. There are laws prohibiting men from studying math, so that there are equal numbers of men and women.

        In “parity” the under represented group gets the job/promotion regardless of qualifications. You have the same results.

        These are two very different concepts.

        I hope this makes sense. If it doesn’t I can try to explain the difference in other ways.

        • No that makes sense, thanks.
          So are you for parity, or against it? It sounds quite limiting to me, and could be very detrimental for the quality of people being employed in some cases.

          • Parity is devastating. Under the guise of equality, pushing for parity has created some of the most bigoted and sexist laws and ideas ever written. The idea of gender parity is the single worse concept ever pushed for in all of history (and this is being kind).

            Equality is good, but I don’t like to use “Equality” because it is so easy to confuse it with parity.

  2. lawyersalert says:

    Reblogged this on Lawyers Alert and commented:
    Interesting reading on Gender Equality

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