By Kenneth Justice
~One of the great things about the 20th century in Western Society is the way women were finally given more freedom and equality.
For so much of human history women were treated like second class citizens;
—) the property of their fathers
—) commodities used by kings and landowners to trade amongst each other
—) the slaves of their husbands
The 20th century brought women’s rights to the front page and encouraged humanity to rethink our beliefs regarding women; their mind’s, their abilities, and their equal footing in society with regard to men.
Now, as we are more than a decade into the 21st century I fear that we are moving toward an equally scary place as when women were treated unjustly;
Scientists are now trying to argue that gender doesn’t matter…….REALLY???
When I was studying psychology in college one of the most difficult phases of my degree programs was the subject of gender. Textbook after textbook argued that ‘Gender is nothing more than the creation of people’.
Psychologists and Genetic Scientists want to convince us that there are no differences between women and men genetically; femininity, masculinity, and any other perceived differences are nothing more than the flawed creations of our culture.
I was something of a rebel in my graduating class in that I argued quite vocally that I believe there are differences between men and women and that those differences aren’t a bad thing. Just because women and men are different, it doesn’t mean men and women aren’t equal.
Somehow, scientists have gotten it into their mind that if women and men are different; than it means women are second-class citizens again……and thus geneticists and social psychologists are trying to convince us that the data points toward no differences between the genders.
Although we may like to live in a bubble and believe scientists are never influenced by their own biases; the reality of the situation is that scientists are no different than you and I. They are human and flawed, and when it comes to the subject of gender I believe their motivation to preserve equality for women (which is a good thing) is causing them to create the false equation that there are no differences between the sexes.
Consider some of these differences;
—) Females are better at interpreting facial expressions. A study by Cambridge University involving 101 babies found that new born females preferred looking at a live young woman and new born males preferred looking at a dangling mobile
—) Females are more likely to navigate using landmarks that can be seen or heard, males are more likely to use absolute directions such as north and south (Dr. Leonard Sax)
This list is endless. There are lots of differences between males and females and this is not a bad thing. It’s okay that men and are women are different; it doesn’t mean that men are better than women and it doesn’t mean women are better than men. We don’t need to get upset about it and we don’t need to print false equations in textbooks.
This has been my problem with science in recent years; too many biases are motivating the direction with which scientists are taking their various fields of study.
Bias is a dangerous thing.
—) Media bias
—) Political bias
—) Gender bias
—) Race bias
Bias can lead to discrimination, injustice, and in radical situations it can lead to war. The reality of the situation is that we are all biased in various degrees. Some of our biases are potentially good and some of our biases are potentially bad. The important thing is whether or not we are open to self-examining ourselves objectively. Are we willing to move beyond our biases…toward the truth?
Truth is a big deal for me. People who say that ‘women are not as smart as men’ are downright wrong; the evidence doesn’t support their conclusion. People who say that ‘sex doesn’t matter, there are no differences between men and women’ are downright wrong; the evidence doesn’t support their conclusion.
Rather than becoming a culture that propagates a falsehood, why not be a culture that celebrates the differences between men and women? Why not be a culture that says, ‘Yes, men and women are different but that is okay!”
Justice involves accepting the truth; that men and women are equal. But it also means we must demonstrate equality to women.
I simply want to know the truth and not live in a lie….don’t you?
Time for another cup of coffee
Categories: Culture & Society