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Gender equality has not been solved with any law makers, liberation movements or women’s rights organizations

According to statista, women are continually climbing uphill to receive recognition and opportunities equal to that of men. Compounding the struggle are diverse cultural traditions from around the world. The right for women to vote or receive a favorable circumstance to apply for employment or University admission doesn’t take away the inherent obstacles keeping rights and equality for the sexes at arm’s length.

 

The main issue that has been and will always keep women from gaining merit and respect lies within our sexuality.

Men are built with a need for power and respect. Women inherently pursue relationships and communication. These significant differences will never change. Gender equality must take into account the nature of each and create a safe mental, intellectual and physical space for each to receive what they need. Additionally, men are hard-wired to need sex in a way women are not. It is because of this that most often sexual offenses are perpetrated by men no matter who or what is the recipient.

 

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Because men desire power, sometimes they will impose control over others to gain it. Control can be subtle or abusive, and this is where the problems begin. Exerting emotional power can take the form of approval or disapproving gestures, comments, or physical barriers. This can and often does cross the line to violence. Hence, women experience a violation by men because of their overpowering nature.

Sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence, are only a few examples of men exerting control and power over women. It can also come in the form of intimidation, shaming, a threat of punishment, etc.

 

 

 

Here are six roadblocks men use to maintain power over women:

1. Clothing

Of course, there is no dress code for either sex. Usually, men wear pants or some combination of a type of cover over their legs. The primary focus here is to be presentable in a public place and not expose himself. On the other hand, women are encouraged to wear tight fitting clothing, revealing tops, and shoes that are so high they cause damage to themselves. The culture we live in motivates women to betray their inner confidence for the sake of sex appeal.

In cultures that encourage modest dress, the threat of punishment for not following the norm is used as emotional blackmail. Unfortunately, it works too. Sometimes execution is the choice form of punishment.

2. Marital status

Marital status can be used for or against a female. Married women are often subject to their husband’s whims. In some cultures, it is with the strict approval of the man that a divorce becomes a viable option if things go wrong. For instance in Judaism, the law is only a man can issue a divorce.
Many single women are easy prey for men to take advantage no matter sexually, financially or other.

 

 

3. Level of education

Education and social status play a huge role in women’s rights. Being able to buy your way into anything has its power. Moreover, having an education enables us all to achieve goals. With a higher education, women can prove themselves professionally thus earning respect in the home and workplace. Nonetheless, there are statistics that show how women are viewed as less capable then men.

4. Right to travel

Islamic women must receive permission to travel by plane, bus, train or car, from males who support them. It is unheard of in third world countries for women to go out alone. If they do so, they put themselves and the threat of dishonoring their families at risk. This inherent freedom of movement is obviously overshadowed with fear of family emotional abuse.

 

 

5. Poverty

Single mothers or women collecting welfare are in positions of need. Primarily when the requirements include a child, women often feel un-empowered to demand rights due to them. Many other factors come into play here as well. Race, ethnicity, education, religion, age and marital status can often influence the reception of social service assistance.

6. Positions of authority

Whether as a father, manager, CEO, coach, older relative, or some combination thereof, men abuse their positions as leverage to intimidate women enabling them to get what they want. Baiting, promising, punishing, expressing disappointment, and any number of mind control games are effective means of exerting power and control over others. In truth, these tactics reveal the weakness of men. Nevertheless, women remain vulnerable to these forms of violations.

 

Women remain the object of sexual conquest. This alone makes them vulnerable. Men, in general, have more physical strength than women and overpowering a woman is a form of subjugation. Men take pleasure in making women submit.

Overcoming these innate differences and desires has proven impossible. Women’s rights movements have been unable to address the root of the problem. Democratic Liberals avoid admission of these flaws in their gender war issues. They’re women’s liberation agendas don’t help the cause at all. Until the day of understanding arrives, there will always be gender inequality.

References: Statista, Listverse, Vital
Photo credit:
European Parliament via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

 

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