Because I am lacking social contact, I’d like to make a point of disagreement.
“Same” does not mean “Equal.” For example, the two equations:
are mathematically ‘equal’ because the sum is 4. However, one would not say that the equations are the ‘same,’ (1, 2, and 3 all have different values) as the word ‘same’ implies a sense of being copied and being identical, whereas ‘equal’ has overtones of similar in value, yet different.
I am different from everyone else, but that doesn’t make me better than anyone (maybe intellectually or whatnot, but in terms of basic human dignity and rights, I am equal). Therefore, I, as a man, am equal, no greater nor lesser, to a woman.
In other words: Boys have penises and girls have vaginas. A penis and a vagina are not the same, but they should be treated with equal respect. Plus, I sure as hell don’t want to try to put anything into my penis for pleasure.
So I’m not really sure where I wanted to go from here…but basically, I’d like it if people stopped using the word “Same” to describe gender equality, because I’m not some genderless clone, I’m special, just like everyone else.
(I know this is going to come out all wrong, but could people also stop being “feminists”? It just insinuates that women are in a rival party against men in some socio-political war. Can’t everyone striving for gender equality and all that jazz just be…”Humanists”? or something more gender neutral or inclusive of both genders?)