“All through life there were distinctions – toilets for men, toilets for women; clothes for men, clothes for women – then, at the end, the graves are identical.” ― Leila Aboulela, Minaret
Is there really a superior gender?
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems that men dominate most of the movies that I’ve seen, even some of the books that I’ve read; whereas women tend to be second-rate characters. Does reality also look like this?
The 1987 Philippine Constitution affirms the parity of men and women before the law, therefore, promoting gender equality.
Gender equality is the measurable equal representation of women and men.1 Men and women are not entirely the same. Physically, men are stronger than women. Studies, however, show that women are more intellectual than men. Nevertheless, gender equality promotes equal and just treatment and judgment among genders.
Still, a question lingers in my head. Do other people think that their gender is above the other?
“I don’t mean to be sexist, but I think men are better and superior than women,” Noel* said. “I love girls, don’t get me wrong. But I think we can do better things than them. We’re the alpha dog.” Quite confused, I asked him why he said that and he told me, “You want a clear example? Our country’s president is a guy. The CEOs and presidents of the companies in our country are mostly guys too. In a family, it’s almost always the father who earns for a living. Guys rule!” Noel*, a guy whom I’ve known for quite some time, really has this tough and solid personality which you can’t just put down. “We are created equally by God. However, I’ll say it again, I think we (guys), are better than the gals. In almost everything I can think of, I think we can do those better and faster than girls.”
“Girls rule, boys drool,” that’s what Anne* first told when I asked for her opinion. “Maybe guys are stronger, but we are more persistent, more creative, more caring, more loving, and so many more.” Anne*, whom I quite fear for her very frank and straightforward personality, won’t just give up in an argument, especially topics like this. “I’ll cite three points why we, women, are better than men,” she said. “First, we are smarter. Different studies have proven that. Second, we put our heart to what we do. And third, we can give life.” In conclusion she said, “Whatever happens, I’ll stick by my opinion. We rule!”
Young as I am, I try to speak up and fight for what I think is right. We are all created equal, in the eyes of the Lord, the law, and the people. So for me, there’s no superior gender. Both men and women have their strong and weak points but that doesn’t mean that one is above the other. And I’m happy to know that the place I live in, the Philippines, is among the world’s leading countries in terms of gender equality (8th out of 135 countries, wow!). It only goes to show that gender is just another stereotype.
“And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing that a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus.” – John Steinbeck , Travels with Charley: In Search of America
And who knows? Maybe one day, a woman with a beard won’t be that weird anymore. 😉
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