Gender equality or Justice? What's your opinion
Hello Mes Amis,
Sometimes ago, I read an article on this platform about the view of the writer on feminism and the issue of gender equality. He was of the opinion that gender equality was been confused for justice and I totally I agree with him. Let me cite an example he gave
Suppose three persons are in a building and a football match is going on on the other side of the fence. Let's take it that the three are not of the same height with one being the tallest, the other taller and the last been the shortest. If they all desire to see the football match being played, the tallest will obviously have a better view than the rest. Now, if someone comes along and decided to put them all on an equal ground by providing a flat platform raised some height above the ground with the height of the shortest person in mind, if the three persons all stand on the raised platform, they will all have a better view. The person will have given the three persons a good chance to see the match.
But if another comes along and give each person a raised platform of his own to match the height of the other two, they will all have the same view but this doesn't mean they will have a better view since the platform given will have been be constructed with the height of the tallest person in mind.
NOTE: I have paraphrased it.
The above illustration is how justice and gender equality works. Where one (justice) gives everyone equal position in life (with the difference been the person's own affluence or value and gender), gender equality ranks all as the same. Meaning in light of gender equality, there is no gender! And of a truth, that is not real. So, in short, gender equality can't be realised. The concept is just like that of an ideal gas which will only be feasible in a vacuum space.
Let me cite an example, I watched a video on tik Tok last week. The video showed a man and a woman (whom I perceived to be a thug or prostitute) arguing with each other. I don't really know the cause of the argument but it seems like it was based on a small ruckus like the guy said something bad about the girl or something of that nature. At first, the girl was really insulting the guy and the guy just stood there smiling. All of a sudden, the girl just punched the guy right in the face making the glasses the guy wore fly off. Immediately the girl moved far away from the guy, and another guy (an onlooker) quickly stood between the guy and the girl, pushing the guy from attacking the girl. At the end some people just stood there, all they could do was tell the guy sorry. The girl got away with it, or so it seemed. Then one person said "hold your peace, you know she's a lady". In a world where feminism and gender equality is been held in high esteem and thought of as something lawful, that's a big fallacy. Now the lady hit the guy and gets away with it all before she's feminine, but if the guy hits the lady, he will receive backlashes and beatings even from those standing by, why? Because he hits a female. So, where is the equality in that?
Another scenerio is where the man marries a woman and he is expected to take the full responsibility when it comes to money matters. Where is the equality in that? During the times of war, females are been spared on the basis that they are 'females' while males are been killed or sent to war. If gender equality is to be truly achieve, I believe whatever is done to one gender should be done to the other. But in reality this is not so.
I have also noticed that immediately a person especially a guy is said to have maltreated a lady, feminists from all angles will start insulting the guy and calling for justice for the lady. They would profess that there is equality before the law and also that the guy has no shame, cos if he did, he would not have maltreated the girl. And trust them to make sure the man lands in jail, at least in police cell. But if a news is spread that a woman is maltreating a man, you will not see a single one of them. They will all of a sudden become silent and blind.
There is another one in Vogue now where a woman will divorce her husband and get part, if not all, his properties. This is pure evil. If the woman can get a share of the man's property, then the man should also be enabled to get some part of the woman's property. If the woman gets 50%, the man too should get 50% that's how gender equality is supposed to work.
For me, I believe in justice not in gender equality. I believe every gender is been equipped with his/her characteristics to function effectively and efficiently in this world. There is a saying that 'what a man can do, a woman can do better'. I don't really believe it's entirely true. Yes there are some women that can Excel in some jobs meant to be done by men, but this doesn't mean they can Excel in all work for men. I think they (females) should be contended with their gender and not covet another's. Yeah, I said covet because that's what it truly is. A woman will want to be the head and Lord a man. This is great fallacy, the Bible didn't teach us so, God's law doesn't support it neither does our culture (Yoruba to be precise) support it. I believe feminism and gender equality sprung from covetousness, greed and hatred. It's true some men are just pure evil and maltreats woman, that is where justice not gender equality comes in. Justice punishes the man and make others deter from doing same, but, if you truly look at the meaning of the term, gender equality gives the woman go ahead to defend herself and the man can fight her like he is fighting a man.
Anyways the above is my own opinion, what are your's? Do you believe in gender equality or in justice? Or do you think they are both one and the same? Do let me know in the comment section.
Many thanks for taking your time to read this write up. I look forward to reading your comments.