Friday, August 10, 2012

Female vs. Male chauvinism? Or simply human nature?

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It doesn't take a genius to see that women, when in places of authority, are just as apt to abuse their authority as men. To say otherwise would be sexist.

I don't see chauvinism as a distinctive male trait, but as a distinctive human trait. It is a defect flowing logically from the fallen and sinful nature of humans.

Just as racism can be and is committed by members of all races, bigotry and subjugation are able to be committed by all humans, both male and female.

What makes this phenomenon worse is the escalating boomerang effect inherent when forgiveness is scoffed at as weakness in favor of vindictive retaliation. Because women have been the victim of subjugation so many times, it is completely understandable that, given the opportunity, they would like to give men a taste of their own evil behavior. But as the old adage goes, two wrongs don't make a right, and an eye for an eye make the whole world blind.

Thus, let this isolated example be used not as ammunition in battle of the sexes, but as a point of enlightenment and reconciliation.

Men, understand your faults and own them. Don't attempt to justify treating women as less of a person than your golf buddies.

Women, don't fall into the trap of hypocrisy of pointing out a fault in others and using it as justification for your own practice of it. For, in doing so, you convict yourself of the same sin for which you now persecute others for practicing when it should be you most of all that understand how it feels to be on the receiving end.

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