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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Lyn Millett

"the equivalence of men and women is a myth."

What does "equivalence" here mean? That equal rights are not possible? That men and women shouldn't be afforded equal opportunities in all domains (save childbearing)? That our society is structured to make it difficult to build a true partnership?

I think the term "equivalence" is a strawman. Equal does not mean 'the same', after all. Thinking in terms of justice and equity is probably more productive. Are men and women not equally deserving of justice and fairness? Should we not strive to demonstrate equitable, fair, and compassionate behavior that avoids overly-constraining roles based solely on gender in our households?

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