The phrase “Separate but Equal” is infamous for its historical context. But looking past that for a moment, I think the idea behind the phrase is relevant to the discussion of gender issues, specifically feminism:
Men and women are equal, both in the laws of the land and in the eyes of God. But they are DIFFERENT. Not utterly and completely different. But they are undeniably distinct in many ways. Biologically (duh), but also cognitively and socially. To pretend that this is not the case is lunacy. Yet some people try.
I’m not going to go get myself killed by throwing around the phrase “separate but equal” in common conversation, but I do think the concept is valid when talking about separate gender identities.
Men and women can have the same rights and equal protection under the law while still acknowledging their inherent differences.
What do YOU think about this kind of thing?
More to come on this issue.
to be ahead of your time!
I relate to Emma Stone’s character “Skeeter” a lot: We both are writers, we both interview women, we both are unmarried, we both have bad hair days, we both care about certain social causes (and sometimes worry about what our female counterparts are doing!), we’ve both witnessed boys do and say dumb things, but most of all, we both are awesome!
It ain’t a crime
to be ahead of your time!
will ignite the wrath of Kath.
I’m not trying to be cute or funny or anything.
I’m not one to get offended easily.
Racism is COMPLETELY unacceptable.
Read more for a detailed explanation of this.
[W]atch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds,
and observe the commandments of God…
1) The British Empire (once upon a time)
2) The LDS Church (read the reference here)
(and you know that number has gone up since…)
3) This Blog 🙂
I don’t mean to be racist, blasphemous, or arrogant, but it’s just that I STARTED THIS THING A WEEK AGO AND THIS IS INSANE! Thanks for inspiring me, thanks for reading, and if this creativity burst isn’t just a passing fad, maybe you should keep on coming back…
but I won’t sting.
PS. I suppose I’m actually a WASM. Can you get my joke?
Thank you Miss Melissa for explicating this simple yet life-changing truth to me when we were freshman at BYU. This revelation helped me shed years of insecurity and also save a little money since I no longer was buying tan-in-a-can every other week. Sure I like to have a summer glow now and then, but I no longer feel ugly because my skin doesn’t look like leather.
*white and proud of it (but not in a racist way)
Core Beliefs: beauty, kindness, humor, expression, understanding