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Why can't women have equal rights? What makes this impossible for people to accept?

Many people always told me that men and women are different. They are not equal, and that the role women plays are for the benefits of men. I believe that all of us, no matter what our age or gender, are always and will always be equal. Why is there so much difficulty in accepting this?

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  • Sep 29 2013: Its a question that people have struggled to find answers to.. I explored this idea a long time ago. It is something you can't completely get rid of. Men and women have equal legal rights (at least in most countries). In terms of brain power, both are capable of equal performance.
    BUT.. why is equality difficult to achieve? it has to do with traditions and social norms sooo subtle... people did not think it can cause some form of inequality.
    Example: in a household, who is expected to earn? and who is expected to take care of the family?... who is expected to provide security? there is traditional role and no matter how much you disagree with it, it applies to everyone. Who is expected to ask for a date? who is expected to pick up who for a date? who is expected to pop up the 'will you marry me" question?.. i can think of a few more traditional "gender" roles which rarely goes into question... but my opinion is.. these roles are sometimes so small and so rooted in society that overall it does reflect something of a society that is led by males... Equality is not really the issue.. there are differences that exist, anatomically and socially.
    You just have to accept the differences and consider these differences as it is. In terms of other rights however, you have to consider both genders equal. However.. it is easier said than done.
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      Moe Aye

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      Sep 30 2013: This really does answer all my question in every way possible. Thank you, Jeff.
      • Sep 30 2013: You are very much welcome.

        Remember all of these issues are rooted in societal norms.. written so deeply in our social habits that we always failed to examine them.
        Unfortunately for the most part, most of the world follows a path which gives advantage to the male sex.

        However, if you are interested to learn more regarding these issues, know that there are a few societies (unfortunately i can't recall them, one group is composed of ethnic chinese, and one is somewhere in Africa) that is completely female dominant! In fact the females sex dictates everything! and the males are almost just for reproductive purposes... let me repeat that... MALES...are just for reproductive purposes!
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          Oct 1 2013: That is quite horrible for the male to be this worthless. I don't just fight for women but for men also and it's horrifying to see how much there is to change in this world and especially in the third world countries. What makes this fight difficult is that many people stick to their customs and cultures for tradition purposes and it takes a large amount of passion and guts to speak out against them. I hope that one day this would change.
      • Oct 2 2013: They're not really worthless. That is their role in that society. In the eyes of the group, they are doing the part they were suppose to do. While it may seem degrading to us, for them its not.

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