Which is to say less than 20%, for women should learn about femininity from other women, and men should learn about masculinity from other men. Men cannot teach women how to be women, and women cannot teach men how to be men. Both genders are unique and special, and share much in the greater human experience, whilst having great areas that do not overlap at all.
There has been much talk about Women Hating. Let us agree that that attitude is wrong, and agree that we should remove the subtle sexism in our culture. Let us also agree that the rampant Man Hating is also wrong, and remove that from our culture.
Then of course there is the whole segment of 20M-30M Americans that don’t fit neatly into the traditional gender roles. You all have to figure out what it means to be you, for yourself. We of the traditional gender norms can only support you in your explorations and discoveries. We can’t define you. We really can’t be of much help, though we try (all good intentions). You must self-actualize what it means to fall into your specific demographic, and let us know.
We know that Women, Gays, and Minorities have been repressed. We know that they have been marginalized. We know that they have been mistreated, and have had great evils worked upon them throughout history. And this must end. We must fight for equality for everyone. Men, Women, Gay, and Other. White, Black, Native American, Jew, Arab, Asian, Latino. We must all work together toward not merely “tolerating” one another, but embracing and appreciating. We must approach a Straight White Man with the same love as we do a Gay Latino Woman, and every other possible combination.
We must strive, hand in hand, toward equality.
However, Equality is never reached through revenge. Only through Forgiveness. Equality cannot be a product of despair, or sneering condemnation; it cannot arise through corrupted corrosive contempt or scorn. We cannot despise one another. We must relish in the glory that is the other. We must forget past wrongs. We must look to the future, and imagine a beautiful glorious state of being, and work towards that. So long as we hold bitterness in our hearts, and nurse old hurts and grudges, we will only grow inward and turn hard and spiteful. The only way to grow upward, is to look out toward the sun, and long for the true warmth. Revenge only creates resentment and new wrongs. Revenge begets retribution, which only furthers the cycle of hurt, hate, and damage.
The only way to change the world is not through Militant Islam, or Radical Feminism, Black Power, or Gay Pride but through a Universal Unconditional Love. Love is Patient, and Kind. It does not seek to honor itself, but others. It is not proud.
Love looks out for others. It protects. It trusts. Love Hopes. Love endures. Love Forgives.
Let us be Love to each other.