This has been a topic weighing heavily on me lately: the issue of gender equality. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this piece I will not be name called as per usual. I am not trying to set back women’s rights by any means. However, I am going to say it, the sexes are not equal, at least in regard to roles they can fulfill. I do not mean that they should not be treated equally, I mean biologically, physically, spiritually, emotionally, etc. they are not equal and therefor cannot be completely treated as such.
Hear me out on this one. Let’s start with the most basic of comparisons, biology. Students at Northwestern University found that “male and female brains operate differently at a molecular level.” The study was conducted to determine how each sex responds to brain disorders and the medications used to treat such disorders. This is one of many, many studies done on the physical evidence that separates the sexes. When doing research I found 3.2 million results via an academic search tool in .5 seconds that discussed the biological differences in men and women. It is out there for all to read.
Studies are done consistently that test the differences between the sexes on a molecular level. From these differences we can understand why women are the way they are and men are the way they are. Dr. Michael Connor wrote a piece about how women have more neurons than their male counterparts. He said,
Women on the other hand have four times as many brain cells (neurons) connecting the right and left side of their brain. This latter finding provides physical evidence that supports the observation that men rely easily and more heavily on their left brain to solve one problem one step at a time. Women have more efficient access to both sides of their brain and therefore greater use of their right brain. Women can focus on more than one problem at one time and frequently prefer to solve problems through multiple activities at a time.
Men and women handle everything differently for this very basic reason.
Pointing out the obvious, women are generally smaller than men are. They are not lifting what men are in the gym. There is an undeniable physical difference between the two. There is nothing political about the physical differences, they are all tangible. We can all physically see that men and women are not built the same way.
I’m going to use the military as a prime example. I considered joining the Air Force a few years ago. I got this image directly from the Air Force’s website.
Let’s just take one second to discuss the PT requirements for men and women. Men having a running time 3 minutes shorter than women. Why? Because they physically cannot compete. Recently, the military has decided to open all combat positions to women. I’ve already had some negative feedback on my opinion on this. My husband is in the Army. He served 6 years in the Infantry and was on his way to being a Ranger when he got hurt. Can I say that I can rely on a woman to have his six if he were overseas? Do I want someone serving with my husband and his friends who is not held up to the same physical standards? Absolutely not. When the military critiques soldiers, sailors, airmen, etc. with the same rubric across the board, I too can get on board.
I am all for lowering the pay gap. I think it is ridiculous that because I am a woman I am paid less. Men and women are equal, as far as the law is concerned. There should be equal protection under the law, however, men and women are different. Those differences simply cannot be ignored. This type of ignorance can be fatal when it comes to allowing women to take on combat roles in the military, etc. I think women should be encouraged just as men are from the start, that the pay should be equal for equal work but I think there are differences. Real physical biological differences. Ignoring those differences is foolish. There are simply some things a woman can do a man cannot and vice versa.
Let me know what you think about this issue.Share your thoughts below.