Gender discrimination occurs whenever people are denied equal access to opportunities, resources, legal rights, or social spaces based on their gender identification or expression. Gender discrimination is most commonly and pervasively against women, transgender, nonbinary, and agender individuals, but there are also harmful examples of gender discrimination against men, such as lack of standard paternity leave in the United States. Confronting how our identities have been shaped living in societies that limit us due to our genders can be a way to challenge our own self-limiting beliefs and energize us towards breaking the pattern of limiting others.
Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.
Masses of people think that feminism is always and only about women seeking to be equal to men. And a huge majority of these folks think feminism is anti-male. Their misunderstanding of feminist politics reflects the reality that most folks learn about feminism from patriarchal mass media.
We have inherited a world full of humans who have been healed and hurt by other humans. There was a time, in an age before this one, when ignorance was forgivable. But that time has passed. Now is not the time for the enlightened to sneer at the brutes. Sneering hurts people.