Activity Being Avoided: cooking and laundry
Music In My Head: Loch Lomond – The Corries
Tea Being Drunk: orange pekoe (it’s a boring day, for a change)
Book Being Read: The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton (for a student’s ISU: it’s not my cup of tea), At Home – Bill Bryson
This past month has apparently been Women’s Month: way beyond Women’s Day, I’ve been bombarded with quotes by feminists and financial requests from “feminist” charities. I’ve heard about the plight of the female, the need for education all over the globe, and the things Feminism has achieved.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m female; I’m quite familiar with what being a women entails. I grew up with a lot of females, and I made another one. I rather like the female of the species, but I also like the other sexes.
All this pro-girl stuff is starting to tick me off. Like breast cancer, it’s become the “in” thing, and people have stopped thinking before they act/react. It’s all about giving money to the third-world countries so they can start educating girls the way they educate boys, because learning to read and write will solve all the problems.
Yeah. Reading and writing has done so much for North American society: we recommend everyone subscribe to capitalism so that the poverty can’t be seen. It’s nicer when the 1% control the media and the strategic placement of government buildings.
When North America has solved the gender issues that plague us, then I’ll start making suggestions to other countries. Seeing as most of us are literate, that’s clearly not a solution–though it was a good start, as were suffrage and equal pay.
Now, what about the rest of the problems? What about the inequality, the abuse, the poverty, the objectification?
You see, the problem is that we still have “Women’s Day” and “Feminism”. Until these words are able to disappear from our vocabulary–perhaps to be replaced by “Humans’ Day” and “Logic”–nothing will change. In order to get rid of these words, we have to get over the thing that started it all: sex.
Yes, sex: that thing that still makes people cringe when it’s mentioned outside of the bedroom. Though we may expose our piano legs, we really aren’t much further ahead than the Victorians. Have you ever judged a person (even for a brief, silent moment that didn’t even allow the formation of words inside your brain) for wearing revealing clothing, or perhaps clothing that would be more appropriate to another gender? Have your eyes ever widened at a pregnant 13-year-old? Have you ever stopped to wonder if a word or image is “appropriate” for a child? I’ve done all of these things, and I know that I’m as guilty as the people who kidnap sex-slaves because I’m implying that one of our most basic instincts is sinful.
Now, if we wanted a person to stop using their knife to eat their peas, we wouldn’t send the knife to school until it learned to become a fork: we would give the person an appropriate tool (fork, spoon, chop sticks) with which to eat the peas. To get rid of the objectification of women, we have to teach the people who are objectifying them. We have to teach them that there are other ways to get what they want.
Think about what might happen if we tried some of these things:
- We only wore clothes to protect us from the elements. If it was too hot for clothes, we didn’t cover any parts of our body. It wouldn’t be any more exciting to see genitals than it would be to see a bare hand.
- We taught our children about sex as early as we teach them to speak. It would never be a taboo; they could ask a stranger a question about sex as easily as they could ask directions.
- We didn’t hide sex any more than we hide eating. Masturbation would be like dining alone (feel free to read a book while doing it).
- We let the individuals decide when they were ready to have sex. No more phrases like “teenage sex” or “pre-marital sex” or “living in sin”. If two 10-year-olds wanted to have sex, the focus would be on safe sex.
- We let the individuals decide who they want to have sex with. Monogamy would be a choice, not a requirement. If one partner wasn’t getting enough or the right kind of sex from the other partner, they could just find a willing person rather than going to Thailand to find a pre-pubescent girl.
- We get over the same-gender sex taboo. If it’s actually true that the male of the species is randier than the female (I doubt it: I work with a lot of teenagers, and I’m not seeing any evidence that one is less eager than the other), let them get together and have sex.
- We stop looking at sex offenders as criminals, and instead try to find out what it is that’s working against biological instinct. When people crave non-food substances (pica), we view it as a disease because it defeats the purpose of eating; rapists and pederasts are not likely to get their victims pregnant, so it defeats the purpose of sex.
- We allow people to work in the sex trade if they want to. If I can’t get around to cooking, it’s nice that there are restaurants with chefs; if someone can’t find a willing partner, it would be nice if there was a willing professional.
If these things–and/or others–help North America solve the gender problems, then I’ll start a charity: Because I Am A Human. This charity will spread wealth and knowledge around the world because I’ll know that we’ve finally found the answer to a problem that’s been around since before civilisation.