Provocathoughts

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I am pro equality. As a girl, I support women's action in addressing gender equality. However, despite the outspoken words about how women are treated unfairly, do you think women themselves treat others fairly?

When it comes to fairness and equality, people often have divided view. For some people fairness and equality is determined by numerical variables (let's say paycheck, working hours, bonuses), thus when they are being asked about social inequality, the answer could come forward fast, if the number is different, then it is unfair. For the rest, well it depends on something. Speaking of 'it depends', it reminded me of an experience during a class in my uni. My teacher used to say "whenever you see questions which requires yes or no answer in the first place, you have to decide, it is either yes or no, then come to your reasoning. 'It depends or it can be both' answer is unacceptable."

 

For instruction exam, I can tolerate this. But for social inequality, I disagree with this view. For me, what is fair and equal in society have to depends on something. Our society has never been more vocal about inequality and fairness issue nowadays, from gender equality, race equality, LGBT support, children education, working standards, and so on. It is refreshing to see such revolutionary action but most of the times, measurement of what is equal and fair are often derived from the numerical number, which is not bad, because it is simple and easy, but may be problematic.

 

One of the hottest inequality issue is men and women in working environment. We have seen many parties from business people to actresses promoting this issue and take actions. I, as a girl, which is part of the female gender feel moved. I adore, respect, and support whatever they do and have done. Voices addressing this matter has been so loud, it finally backfires. Social media is no doubt a strong platform to spread the awareness, which also the pool of varies point of view. In forums, opinion columns (such as youtube), facebook comments we can often see the clashes of opposing point of view.

 

Sometime ago, I stumbled to one of the social media platform and read debate about women action in demanding equality. There is a protest coming from some men who felt that despite the demand of equal opportunity, treatment, paycheck, entitlement of opinion, and etc, women also perceived themselves as group who need to be protected by men because they consider themselves to be physically weaker than men, and see men as group who are innately braver than women. These men also felt that women are often use the excuse for 'being women' to get tolerance in working environment. They see women's move in demanding equality and fairness as an act of feminism and to gain superiority over men. They want women to accept the tough attitude from bosses and other harsher treatment that men often get and women rarely experience if women truly want equality and fairness in overall aspect of work.. I was angry reading it in the first place. It never occurred to me that such thoughts could cross someone's mind. But then again, it depends...


Submitted: December 20, 2014

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