Gender Equality …. Yeah, right!

Today. “The Age” ran a story headlined “Australia is on the right side of history on gender justice”.

The following text from the article caught my attention.

“Gender equality and women’s empowerment: these goals are central to the work of UN Women, and to Australia’s foreign aid policy, which now requires that 80 per cent of development aid must have a direct impact on women and girls. This is gender responsive budgeting.”

I wrote a comment in response to the article and submitted it to “The Age”.  I don’t know if it will be approved but I always feel compelled to respond whenever I am confronted by what, to me, seems like a perfect justification for injustice.

The idea that so-called ‘affirmative action’ can ever be a legitimate part of a quest to achieve equality between the sexes seems to me, to be totally lacking in logic.  In fact, it could be argued that it validates the very discrimination that is seeks to correct.

Here’s a link to the article:  Australia is on the right side of history on gender justice

And, for what its worth, the edited text of my response:

How I wish our society would decide, once and for all, if it regards sexual discrimination as evil, unacceptable and outdated …… or if it doesn’t.  I find it impossible to take seriously, an argument that says sexual discrimination is wrong if it disadvantages one particular gender against another … but its perfectly OK, just so it tilts the playing field in favour of one’s own team.

Such a course is hardly the way to real equality.  A justifiable end will never validate unjustifiable means.  If you want male-kind to warm to the idea that you really are equal, how about playing fair and show us blokes how things should be done.  Don’t just perpetuate the same evil that you claim to be the victim of.

Andrew Caddle 2014-09-04

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