Does women’s behavior make them less equal?
“Guess what,” Camille Paglia said the other day in Salon. “Women are different than men!”
Usually when people point out gender differences, they don’t just mean men and women are different, they mean “women are different from men.” As an archetypal example, in “Do women really want equality?” Kay Hymowitz argued that women don’t want to model their professional lives on male standards, and therefore they don’t really want equality:
This hints at the problem with the equality-by-the-numbers approach: it presumes women want absolute parity in all things measurable, and that the average woman wants to work as many hours as the average man, that they want to be CEOs, heads of state, surgeons and Cabinet heads just as much as men do.
So the male professional standard is just there, and the question is what women will do if they want equality. Of course, what women (and men) want is a product…
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