Women are not better than men

Via Flickr user mugley.

Via Flickr user mugley.

Are women better than men?

The answer is yes, according to a trend that I’ve noticed.

There are frequently headlines that suggest that women are better than men (like here and here). Usually, when I read the content of these stories and posts, it takes a more balanced view about the subject. And, yes, people don’t write headlines to convey the entirety of a story — often times, the person who wrote the text of the story didn’t even write the headline. Headlines are meant to grab your attention so you read the story.

Nonetheless, this trend is happening.

It used to be that men were more highly regarded than women. (If you don’t believe me, look at these 1950s ads. Women are so stupid, it’s a good thing there’s beer around for when your wife burns dinner!) But as women stood up for themselves, the notion that men are better became less and less true.

Now here we are today. The proportion of female chief executives is growing (though the growth rate is stalling), and women have it way better today than they did in the 1950s, or even the 1980s for that matter. They have more opportunities than they did just a few decades ago.

And so we’ve come full circle to these headlines that suggest women are better than men. Women were put down for so long, I suppose people feel the need to exalt them a little. But that shouldn’t be done at the cost of negating men. What we should learn from all these years of human history — during most of which, women were the lesser sex — is that we need everyone to succeed, both women and men. Women around the world are still subject to sexism, but we will not overcome that by putting down men. The sexes need to work together in order to achieve our goals. Everyone has their own attributes and abilities to bring to the table.

Comparing ourselves to others won’t achieve anything. Men are not better than women, and women are not better than men.

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