Fill a hundred pits with dead Northmen, congratulations, have a parade! Kill one man in the same uniform as you? A crime. A murder. Worse than despicable. Are we not all men? All blood and bone and dreams?”
― Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes
“There is no need to become unique. We already are unique. There is no need to become equal. We already are equal. The greatest tragedies of humankind have come from people trying to force sameness on the level we are different, and trying to become different on the level we are the same. Peace is a matter of recognizing what is already there, not creating something new.”
― Vironika Tugaleva
I keep reading about International Women’s Day and how we still need to fight to be equal to men. Huh? Why would we want to be equal to men? That’s like saying oranges have to be equal to apples in order to be considered a good fruit.
We are women and men are men. We have no need to be equal to them because we aren’t men. Men have their strengths and weaknesses and women have their strengths and weaknesses.
I know somebody is going to say but ‘women don’t make as much money,’ and ‘women had to deal with the whole family thing of kids and working.’ So what? We do what we are good at. Many women are good at these things, others are not. So do what you’re good at. Ditto men.
We are not going to make the world a perfect place by making, or pretending to make, everybody equal. Men, women, white, black, brown, red, rich, poor and so forth. We are all born with the ability to do unique things, none of which are more or less important than anybody else’s tasks. Why can’t we work to make each women, and each man, the best they can be for their own sake, not just to compare them to somebody else’s standards?
Equal to is just another way to divide the world and aren’t we divided enough as it is?