Gender Inequality or Equality?


Gender Inequality or Equality?

Everyone knows and talks about equality and unbiasness between Man and Woman.There are protests, strikes, movements for getting “Gender Equality”. But the question arises, why the term “Gender Equality” has been coined? Is there really any differences? Whether Gender biasness is man made or natural? There are certain natural factors, which creates a comparision as well as disparity between man and woman. Before discussing more, we should divide those areas into certain categories

1, Gender difference due to Physical traits

2. Health based biasness

3. Sex difference due to Psychology

The reasons of the gender differences may be many. But the theory behind this is always a controversial one. Some traits may be innate (like reproductive system) while some may be environmental/social ( like names given or different upbringing given at home). Some feminists see gender differences as caused by patriarchy or discrimination, although difference feminism argues for an acceptance of natural differences between men and women. So,here we will discuss about some basics to find out the possibility.

1, Gender difference due to Physical traits

• An average man is taller than an average woman.
• Men usually have more body hair than women.
• On average, men are stronger than women, particularly in the upper body.
• On average, girls begin puberty approximately two years before boys.
• Female fertility declines after age 35 and ends with the menopause. Men are capable of fathering children into old age.
• Men’s skin is thicker (more collagen) and oilier (more sebum) than women’s skin[1].
• Women generally have a smaller waist-to-hip ratio and a greater body fat percentage than men.
• Men and women have different levels of certain hormones. Men have a higher concentration of androgens while women have a higher concentration of estrogens
These are some differences and many are still there to prove the physial difference.

2.Health based biasness

Overall rates of mental illness are similar for men and women. There is no significant gender difference in rates of schizophrenia and bipolar depression. Women are more likely to suffer from unipolar depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Men are more likely to suffer from alcoholism and antisocial personality.Worldwide, more men than women are infected with HIV. The exception is sub-Saharan Africa, where more women than men are infected. Adult males are more likely to be diagnosed with tuberculosis. The difference is also verymuch visible here.

3.Sex difference due to Psychology

There are different parts like communication, thinking, problem solving, analyzing things or synthesizing, happiness or sorrow, creativity or intelligence in Psychology ,where there is a difference persists.
To sum up we can say that though the differences in gender exists which may be due to biological or social reasons but that should not be exploited in a negative way. Discrimination on the ground of gender should always be avoided.There should be a critical assessment when anti-female bias is in action. Man and Women are beautiful creations of god. Both of them are incomplete without each other. May be they are here to perform different kinds of duties, gender equality by heart, by mind and by soul should be appreciated.
Published: 2006-07-27
Author: kasturi mishra
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