Editorial: Promote cooperation between the sexes to safeguard women’s rights
Yesterday was Women’s Day on March 8th, and this year is also the 110th anniversary of the establishment of International Women’s Day. Women’s Day, which originated in the highly mature West of the Industrial Revolution, is part of the movement to fight for women’s equal rights. The changes in the economic structure driven by technology have triggered earth-shaking political and social changes. The traditional gender relations between men and women are naturally impacted by this trend of equality. After more than a century of development, women’s rights and interests have made great progress, and at the same time, new issues in the relationship between the sexes have been brought. At the time of a new wave of technological breakthroughs more than a hundred years later, how to settle the relationship between the sexes is still a common challenge for many societies.
The greatest aim of the feminist movement is to pursue equality between men and women, whether in the family, the workplace or the public sphere. Nowadays, it is common for women to hold positions that symbolize power, such as national leaders, heads of international institutions, presidents of large companies, and joining the army. However, domestic violence against women, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, and even disputes over equal pay in the workplace are still the goals of the feminist movement. The emergence of contraceptives coincides with the Western sexual liberation movement. On the one hand, it deconstructs the apparent inequality of traditional sexual relations between men and women. On the other hand, it has spawned social phenomena that are unfavorable to women, such as promiscuity, abortion, illegitimate children, and a surge in divorce rates. .
The current decline in fertility rates in developed countries and the unmarriage and infertility of the younger generation may also be a by-product of the disruption of traditional gender relations and family concepts and structures. It can be said that the social structure formed by human civilization for thousands of years, especially the family organization, has not yet established new norms after the traditional relationship between the sexes was dismantled. While the feminist movement continues to protect women and fight for more rights, men must also constantly adjust their values, concepts, and attitudes. What is more worrying and criticized is that the women’s rights defense movement subconsciously applies the standards of men to self-requirements, and regards the relationship between the sexes as a zero-sum state of antagonistic.
For example, the feminist movement successfully broke the restrictions on women in the workplace and even opened the door to a profession that has always been considered unsuitable for women-joining the army. But the value of this achievement may be ambiguous, because it not only ignores the biological facts that men and women are physically and psychologically different, but also uses male standards such as power, wealth, and status to define success. Some feminists have pointed out that this one-dimensional pursuit has obliterated the unique qualities of women. Since the so-called “second wave of feminism,” some young women have increasingly felt the social pressure of having to go out to work. The traditional role of husband and child has not only been despised but even despised.
Modern rationalism has established professional dignity and requires a dedicated and dedicated spirit in any profession; experience has shown that only in this way can things be done well. However, in the most important social role played by women-full-time mothers, this professional requirement has been abandoned. Although physically and psychologically they have the advantage of raising children and keeping a family, women face the invisible pressure of returning to the workplace after giving birth. The so-called “work-life balance” is essentially a response to the second-best.
Among many species, human infants are the most vulnerable, requiring long and careful care before they can become independent adults. During this critical period of growth, parental cooperation is crucial. Only when the parents work together, the child will have greater protection for the healthy growth of the body and mind; it can even be said that one of the parents, especially the full-time care of the mother, will make the child feel more secure. However, this common-sense fact has been sacrificed in the struggle of feminism blindly pursuing equality between men and women. In the face of the continuing decline of infertility, it is becoming more and more inevitable to unravel this layer of political correctness for equal rights.
Equality between men and women is different from equalizing the difference between men and women. It is scientifically proven that men and women are not only physically different but also have their own obvious psychological tendencies. For example, men prefer to touch things while women prefer interpersonal communication, which is manifested in career choices. There are more male engineers and more female nurses and teachers. This has nothing to do with systemic discrimination, but a natural manifestation of the nature of men and women. The lonely yin does not grow, the lonely yang does not grow long, and the multiplication of human civilization is the result of the combination of yin and yang. The two sexes must cooperate in order to guarantee a civilized future; the coordination of yin and yang is also the most beneficial result for women.