a reply to: InTheLight
Better to ask the question "What rights are not applied equally to women or persons wishing to live alternate lifestyles?" - then read the
links I posted.
I am asking you as an individual, not as a statistic. I have yet to have this question answered by any feminist so far, and since feminism is about
“the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men”, it should be an easy question to answer.
So let’s speak truthfully here, like equals.
Since we have an urge to generalize, those “wishing to live alternative lifestyles” are still a part of their gender, and represent a different
issue altogether. I am speaking about genders, not sexual orientation or lifestyle preferences.
The statistics you’ve pointed to do show a certain amount of inequality. However, they do not show whether this is the result of male prejudices, or
the result of a lack of interest on the part of the women in question. Unfortunately, making such assumptions are slightly dangerous. The wage gap
only shows that women are not working the same amount as men, which could be due to a wide variety of factors. It supplies no indication of any
gender-biases—though I wouldn’t say such biases do not exist.
Let me fess up a bit. It’s obvious I take a contrarian view. It’s mostly for entertainment value, but it often leads me to some rarely explored
conclusions, and I obviously receive a fair bit of resistance. So in light of these threads, it might be hard to believe but I despise sexism, or any
rhetoric and violence that condemns someone for how they were born. Through my own experiences, I have known many sexist men. Their opinion is a sign
of their irrationality, and with every comment they made, even in jest, it was displayed in all its peacock ugliness, and they would even kiss their
mothers, the women who bore them, with their sexist mouths. In my travels, I have been witness to the subjugation of women by theocratic powers and
idealists. I have witnessed brutality against women by the superstitious. But I have also witnessed the same thing happen to men, and I simply refuse
to treat their experience as less valuable.
My entire family consists of women, all of whom I love dearly, and they have told me countless stories of sexual advances and abuse by their
co-workers and employers. I despise it.
But then I am told I am guilty by association, that, because I choose to remain masculine, I am inherently guilty, that I should instead feminize
myself, that I am in some way privileged because I was born a certain way, that I am in the way of every women who enters my vicinity, that I am a
part of the problem, a glass ceiling, an inherent rapist who breaths life into a culture designed to subjugate the female population, and as a result,
I should walk on egg shells, I should suppress my ambition, I should “take responsibility”, I should “man up”, I should be told how to conduct
myself around women while at the same time allowing them to be who they are. I take mild offence to that, so here I am having fun with it.