Girlishness: Does Respecting Women Mean You Need to Be One?

Girlishness: Does Respecting Women Mean You Need to Be One?

In the broadest sense of the term, feminism is about respecting women. At least that's what they used to say.

A long time ago things were actually bad for women in America (and many parts of the West). Their options in life were limited. Of course, we can say that most people's options were limited, considering factors like the lack of technology, education, communication, and transportation. If you were a farmer's kid in Wisconsin in the 1800's, chances were you had few opportunities outside of being a farmer- regardless of your gender.

But it was a reality that as society progressed and more options were opening up for men, there were cultural barriers that prevented women from achieving similar success. I've talked about in the past how my grandmother- despite serving her country as a biochemist during WWII- was limited to a career as a Home Ec teacher until she got married.

Reforms were made over the years that helped eliminate such barriers, making sure that women have equal access to education and career options.

But that wasn't enough, was it? There is a bigger problem that exists between men and women, and it has little to do with career opportunity.

Men are big, brutish pigs that treat women like objects, right? I mean all men are like that. Our society and culture- despite today being wildly liberal- still conditions men to be strong, masculine, over-all manly, to the detriment of their ability to respect women.

Despite all our gains for equality, there will always be men in the world that mistreat women. And while that is a bigger problem in say... Saudi Arabia, feminists in the West still feel that the very-much evolved men in our society have a problem with women.

Yes, there are terrible men in our society. There are men that abuse women, take advantage of women, or generally look down on them. There are men that seem to consider women as second class citizens, or at the very least have an inability to appreciate and respect the other gender.

But what is the solution? How can you overcome generations of cultural conditioning and the insurmountable influence of biology to create a man that truly respects womankind?

You could go the route of one mother, who feels the need to brainwash her young boy into becoming a pansy.

“If I want my son to respect women, I need to teach him to embrace the ‘girlish,'” writes The Globe and Mail’s Leah McLaren.

“The other day I was sitting in the park with James, 3, when I picked up a dandelion and handed it to him as a present,” writes McLaren. “‘No way, Mummy,’ he said, pushing away my gift. ‘Flowers are pretty and I’m a boy.'”

“And I thought: That’s it,” writes McLaren. “I’m signing him up for ballet.” (via Milo)

WTF!? There are so many things wrong with this story, I don't know where to start. Let's begin with the obvious: ballet.

This woman, a self-proclaimed "feminist mom" is working off some very flawed ideas, if she thinks ballet is "girlish."

You see, this is a major problem with much of the progressive left. While they claim to want to rewrite gender stereotypes for some nebulous goal of equality, they expose their own ingrained stereotypes and biases.