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Young women seeking equality with men may find it not all that it's cracked up to be. (approx. 750 words)


Submitted:Apr 4, 2012    Reads: 10    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


Girls Gone Wild

The march toward equality by women continues, but not without some pernicious results. And this is the ultimate dichotomy to woman's pursuit of equality with man. When you get there, then what?

You know what? Many women will simply mirror the boorish behavior and malfeasance that men have portrayed for centuries.

And though I know equality is not where we are at yet, the bad behavior of women is nonetheless on full display, and it is a direct result of feminism. Now, I am totally equipped to handle women on an equal basis. Maybe even better than that. As a grown man, I have always held women to a higher set of standards, behavior-wise. You are clearly the more evolved of the two species. When equality approached, as I think it has, you were allowed more freedom of expression than ever before. And the results have been mixed. Mixed.

Feminism is not to blame. It is the women who embrace feminism without understanding it. Any philosophy, when taken to an extreme, turns sour. Women who genuinely want equality, without the requisite baggage, are rare, in my experience. Many women have confused "equality" with "freedom". They are different beasts. The feminist movement merely laid the groundwork for the mutated version it currently posits.

Any idea how many women are in prison as compared to 25 years ago? I don't know, to be honest, but I bet it has quintupled. Freedom equals opportunity. Many people define "opportunity" in a very individualistic fashion, manipulating it to their own needs or desires.

OK, so now where do we go? Here's a little snippet from my life that occurred a couple of years ago. I take the same route to work every day, a rather pleasant glide through a bucolic scene that, when combined with Van Morrison, usually lands me at the office in a thoughtful, good mood.

I'm at a stop light, waiting to turn right, behind a hulking SUV (me in my Mazda Miata, top down). The light changes from red to green, but the vehicle doesn't move. Since I am in California, and not a Manhattan cabbie (whom I've had many experiences with), I remain patient, after about 8 seconds. I tap my horn once. The SUV doesn't move. Finally, it does. Turns out it was waiting for a pedestrian to cross in front of it before turning. Of course, blinded behind its bulk, I had no idea. As we begin turning, the girl, and yes, the fact it was a girl (and probably a Stanford student, as I drive through Stanford to get to work) matters, walks past my car, literally 4 feet away, and flips me off.

I have since assumed she thought I was some asshole honking for the SUV to cut her off, so I could get to my destination. Fair enough. She was as blind to the traffic transaction as I was. But, to flip me off? I mean, I could have been one of the increasing numbers of sociopaths out there, and then what? She's a corpse, with little real memory of how she died.

But she was emboldened. Emboldened by the newfound freedom and independence that women of our generation now enjoy. It is a double-edged sword.

Freedom can, will, and has always been, abused. Women will not avoid that pitfall. Equality with men is not all it's cracked up to be. Sure, there are the areas where it clearly benefits women. I am all for that. How many women have had to deal with the following scenario?

You're at work in your cubicle. And you start to think about that jag off Jason, 3 cubicles over, who is incompetent, a loser, and to be honest, kind of creepy. Now.....imagine Jason makes 30% more than you do.

Yeah, that will generate anger. And it should. It is kind of startling to me that there have not been more work site shootings by women. Honestly. They have a genuine grievance. Not one worthy of gunplay, but you get my drift.

My subject line was a simple and obvious choice. Today's young women are like no other generation in history. I have been exposed to many young women where I work, and it has been, as mentioned above, a mixed bag. The good ones are usually really good, the bad ones are disappointing.

I used to think that striving for equality for everyone was a great goal.

Now I am not so sure.





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