By Matt Agorist
The notion that all people deserve equal rights under their governments is evolving into all people must be forced to be equal. In the name of forcing this equality—which is a dangerously slippery slope—some are going to extremes.
Boys and girls are different. One is not supreme to the other, but on a biological scale, they are not equal. To deny the basic differences like hormone production and the fact that females can get pregnant is to deny nature itself. However, this hasn’t stopped people from trying to wipe out these biological differences with controversial programs.
Preschoolers in Iceland are being taught to rid themselves of gender stereotypes by being forced to participate—in gender stereotypes.
Elementary school boys are taught to massage each other with lotion to learn how to have “gentle hands”, and are also taught to play while looking after babies with gender-neutral rag dolls.
While boys participate in female stereotypes, girls participate in boy ones. In the schools that practice what is known as the Hjalli teaching model, girls are taught to scream, be rowdy and climb trees. If a young girl breaks down and tries to cry—this is discouraged as their emotions make them weak according to the teachers.
“Crying is particularly discouraged and weeping girls are promptly told to stop,” teacher Kristín Cardew said.
The good news for those wanting gender equality is that it is happening without this controversial model in Iceland. In the U.S., women’s participation in the labor market has nearly doubled, from 34% of working age women (age 16 and older) in the labor force in 1950 to almost 57% in 2016.
Pay for women is going up, too. Because the societal norm was for women to stay home for such a long period during the 20th century, when they did begin to enter the workforce, they had major challenges in front of them—including misogynist workplaces who shunned them. However, as the statistics show, women are really good at fighting these challenges and succeeding in what was once a male-dominated workforce.
If you are a man and you feel threatened by this, you are part of the problem. What this shows is that society is finally looking at people without stereotyping them and people are earning the pay they deserve based on merit, not sex.
“Since 2000, one-third more women than men have graduated from college, and more women are earning graduate degrees, too,” reports Fast Company, using data from a Pew Research study. “Even once-male bastions such as law school are seeing the change.”
“Millennial women are so outpacing men in higher education that it’s inevitable they will become their generation’s top earners,” the article goes on to say. “With greater education comes greater wealth. At this rate, young women’s wages will overtake men’s by 2020.”
Overall, 57 percent of men earn $50,000 or more annually, while only 42 percent of women earn the same. The Pew Research Center reports, though, that compared with the median hourly earnings of 25- to 34-year-old men, the earnings for women of the same ages have increased from 67 percent in 1980 to 90 percent in 2015.
What’s more, the number of stay-at-home dads has shot up significantly in recent years, nearly 100% over just three decades. And all of this is happening without forcing equality through stereotypical practices.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.