Tuesday, August 16, 2016

[Rambling thoughts] Feminism - the two busses.

There seems to be a general consensus that feminism is about taking things away from men, about putting them in a lesser position. (I guess where women are now even if they won't admit it?) That's hardly accurate and I'll probably not be the first or last person to say so.
Imagine, if you will, that there's two busses. One bus has soft cloth seats, with padding. This bus has free wifi, a monthly discount plan, air conditioning, and customized stops. Sure, it sometimes breaks down, or gets a flat tire, but it, over all, is a pretty nice bus.  The other bus is one of those old and rattly vehicles that has windows that barely opens, cracked plastic seating, and you have to pay a separate fare for it and the train. Needless to say, you'd want on the first bus, right? But what if we could make BOTH busses that awesome? That's what feminism is about. It's not about taking things from anyone, or crowding everyone in and restricting resources, it's about there being the same treatment across the board.

The trouble comes, of course, when capitalism raises it's ugly head. The status quo makes money. That old bus costs less to run and they can get away with running it, it's just the women's bus, after all. Feminists say "Oi, no, everyone gets air conditioning when it's 109F outside thankyouverymuch."

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