Monday, September 29, 2014

Gender Equality

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Gender equality (and the lack thereof) is an important issue that every person needs to fight. Emma Watson, whom many know best as the actor who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, is a UN Ambassador now.  Her speech to the UN for the HeforShe campaign is very important.  Gender inequality effects both women and men.


Furthermore, Emma Watson alludes to another important aspect of the gender equality issue: gender is a spectrum, not two opposing views.  Science has shown us that there are something like an 80% overlap between virtually all social/emotional traits between men and women, and that it is a giant mishmash, not a bimodal distribution (which would depict one peak for women and a different peak for men, with overlap at the bottom of the bell curves).  That means that there are not trends that are different between men and women that are biological, not cultural, in any trait not involving physical attributes (such as upper body strength, where there is a bimodal distribution between the sexes).  All traits involving sensitivity, dreams, ability to parent, nurturing, connecting with others - all of these show that there are far more differences within the genders than there are between the genders. What does that mean?  It means that there are essentially no differences, besides base physical ones, between genders.  People should be treated as people, not as genders.  When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person, is a great article on another aspect of this issue.

An important video on the issues that are particularly plaguing US politics lately is below. Every action mentioned in this video has been attacked by laws in the United States in the past few years.


I don't often post about social issues on this blog, as this is mostly my space for creative outlet and letting the world know what I've been up to lately.  Occasionally, though, some videos strike such a cord with me that they will be uploaded here.  Please, take a moment to watch, and think.  I am a feminist.  I hope you are, too.  If you hate the word, follow the meaning anyway.  It's important, and current, everywhere.

If not me, who?  If not now, when?

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