Day 143 Question 143:
Are men and women equal? Why or why not?
I guess this question would all depend on who you ask. Some may say yes but in their heads be thinking about how a woman’s place is meant to be in the home cooking and cleaning while wrangling a bunch of children. Other’s may say that we live in a society where women are starting to overpower men. It is an unanswerable question really because it is really based on opinions and places you go.
Now, with this being my blog and knowing that I am chock full of thoughts and opinions you know I am going to throw mine out there. I got a good laugh last night. I was working at the restaurant and this couple came in that are regulars. I am pretty much the one that always waits on them. I would guess them to be in their early 60’s and they are beyond nice. We were pretty slow and the man was asking me a bunch of questions about my jobs and my education and I told him that I wanted to work for an organization that focused on women’s rights. He laughed and asked me if I was going to join the Tea Party next. He told me that he knew a bunch of other better subjects I should get my degree in. He wasn’t being offensive and I didn’t think much of it but I did know that he really did think that the whole idea of women’s rights was silly. Him and my dad would be great friends. I do not believe men and women are equal because we still live in a world where a lot of men believe that are dominant to women (before you overreact…I said a lot…not all). With this kind of mentality, women are always going to be considered second-rate citizens in the world. Trust me, there is nothing that grates my skin more than a victim mentality. I am not at all implying that women are victims….I believe if we fight hard enough we are able to have anything we want. I just believe that as a society we have not completely evolved in order to see the genders as equal.
I don’t know…maybe I really am one of those “feminists” that my dad always pokes fun at…I pretty much hate labels though. I would like to think I am not annoying though in picking out every little tiny detail of “rights” and “wrongs”. For example, if a friend of mine (a male friend) called me a bitch…I may get upset but I am not going to fly off the handle about how disrespectful that term is to women. I believe this country has become ridiculous when it comes to always being “politically correct” and honestly, sometimes I can be a bitch. I guess I just see so many women day in and day out that have this potential for greatness….these women that can be leaders and entrepeneurs and activists….and they can even be wives and mothers but instead they just chase after men with money. They want someone to take care of them. I see talent wasted and I hate that. I know it is their choice and if that is what they want then that is their business…I just hate seeing anyone waste major potential. I hate when anyone acts like their stereotype. Women play a large role in us not being equals at this point in life. Don’t get me wrong, we have come sooooo far and I love to see that….but we aren’t quite to where we should be (at least in my opinion). We have not seen a woman president….we see very few female political leaders in fact. I once saw a news broadcast and a male commentator was asked why he believed that there has never been a female president and his response was, “Besides the PMS and mood swings?” Women are emotional creatures (well a lot…not all) and I guess I just don’t see why that is a downfall. Yes, it can be in some situations but it can also be very advantageous. Emotions can equal analysis.
I guess because I am a woman it comes so easily to have this natural pride in my gender. I want the best for all other females in the world because I see women as being so powerful and so beautiful. I don’t want to go on a rant about all of the horrible things that have held us back in society. We have come too far to focus on the past….the era of the 1950’s housewife is over (yes I know this statement is going to get lost in translation and I am going to get clobbered0…this is 2012 and we are part of a world in which BOTH men and women have been extremely successful and have taken the lead when it comes to family and professional lives. I hope to see women keep thriving…especially those women in other countries where they are looked at as basically nothing. I hope our world starts seeing the advantages of both genders and we are able to see a shift from male domination in certain fields to equality between the sexes.