the one thing we’ve avoided when looking at a “different” sort of candidate (other than traditional white male protestant) is the advantages of trying something new.
not much circulated on how having a black president could be advantagous. instead, the focus on equality spoke for how there would be no difference. the problem with this, especially now with looking at a female president, is that bias can be something so ingrained that the average voter cannot parse themselves into a wider view of equality.
it is the same old story. the african americans given the vote, but women? women must obey husbands, so how can they have minds of their own? and over a hundred years later, and over 50 years since women actively entered the workforce, there is still doubt regarding what could be called equal capability.
trump would have you believe he could lift weights and run a marathon, but a WOMAN? she is weak and will never have equal stamina. but think about this. who outlives men? women. the average lifespan of a white male is 75, just five years away for trump. the average lifespan for a white female is 80. so that is not weaker, that is stronger. a hard thing to face, but let’s call a spade a spade.
in addition to working outside the home, 85% of women workers continue to work at household duties when they get home, compared to 67% of men. and men are almost twice as likely to work in the garden or yard when they do work at home at all.
a woman’s work is never done. we have not outgrown that saying, not yet. so the woman that is so weak and so incapable, is twice as likely to extend her workday with household tasks–22% of men compared to 50% of women.
these are the weaker members? we need to rethink our definition of weak. or perhaps recalibrate our definitions of slavery.
“a woman politician is going to menstruate and go crazy!” for one thing, the point of emotional instability via hormonal influence is moot for women over 55. believe me, women that make it through menopause are some tough cookies. and even those who are younger somehow manage to accomplish all that extra work despite juggling hormonal shifts. that takes strength, control, and determination. if anything, it speaks of a greater fortitude, not less. and particularly when holding a position where level-headedness is needed, as well as commitment.
you still think a female president will somehow have less ability to make it through a workday than a man? i would suggest talking to female nurses and doctors. with the majority of nurses still being female, does that speak of less stamina or more stamina in women? you need to start to get this straight. women are even more likely to work while suffering illness, and develop habits that involve maintenance taking priority over self-comfort.
still believe a woman magically has less ability as a candidate for president than a man?
how about the fact that women have consentration levels that are statistically higher? boys are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, while adult attention deficit disorder is still more likely to inflict males than females.
and then we come down to the biggest fear of all: the witch. a man with social power that he uses widely, is considered a pillar of the community. a woman with power of any kind is considered a witch and out of control, even when operating on the cautious side of consequence.
how women approach this bias of viewpoint, is what defines their ability for goal management. more than men, women must excel at fielding overt criticism while still doing a job and demonstrating leadership capabilities. and the biggest difficulty to overcome, is the very simple hurdle of physical appearance.
a man does not need to think too heavily on his appearance while in leadership positions. if he manages to take a shower each day, he has things down fine. but a woman faces challenges that only grow as power increases, that only become more complicated and that are required, even though intelligent women can do the math and regret every single minute of wasted time.
what is she going to wear? what color of nail polish? what type of lipstick? how is her hair? what kind of shoes does she wear? not to mention that most every “smart” form of business pump has at least 3 inches of heal and amounts to a form of torture that is gladly shed at the end of the day.
so there is this element of appearance, that will overshadow any and every attempt to be a serious leader. and who are the biggest critics? women, in regard to specifics. i heard one friend say she would not vote for Ms. Clinton because she hated the pants suits. Others state that hair is better now, or that there are too many wrinkles.
and then the men, largely care about attractiveness. does she wear makeup or not wear makeup. long or short hair? short skirts? high heals? tight jeans … yes we have a female politician here in salt lake that wears jeans so tight it’s a wonder she can sit down!
but again, that is a criticism of a choice for appearance. and women are judged much more strongly on appearance, regardless of what working position they hold.
and why? because the female is largely considered valuable according to physical appearance, than she is for hard work or a very keen mind. and the further any female deviates from a perfect or perfected appearance, the more she is considered a loser. a man can be completely disheveled, and the population goes “wow he worked hard today!”
a woman has one hair out of place, and instead it’s “what a slob, how can she stand herself?”
these are some very serious disadvantages. but they do not detract from ability if you consider that what needs to change, is going to change. if we give it a chance. if we open up that door, and allow a woman to step into that room that was always the boys’ club. if we progress as a people, as a nation and civilization … that will value females as equal citizens with minds, and hearts, and hopes. that are equal. only different because we make them different.
even if there is no lack in opportunity, there is a lack in the perception and viewpoints of millions. this needs to change, and the fear of having a woman in charge needs to be looked at. they all might rise up and rebel! the thing is, “they” already did. they already did. you might not have noticed, and might still want your dinner served on time, like donald trump. might still decide a woman is only good for decoration, like millions of men that believe an object of worship needs no opinion. no mind. no entrance to the boy’s club. that believe women want to be idolized or worshiped in the first place. it’s a false deal and one that needs to expire.
these backward ways of thinking will either change, or they will not. do you love your mothers, your daughters, your sisters? or are you afraid of them? are you afraid that more power means disaster, they already have so much? but the fact is, within the now, women have to reach outside their “limits.” and if given actual equality, that reach won’t have to be there. they will simply exist as your equals. it will simply be woman and man. not the powerful … not the powerful as opposed to what is considered weak. not the perceived-weak having to overpower the powerful. it will be man and woman, working together for a future that spells out better hope and better answers. better lives.
the fact that we need to reach this far, to the presidency, only means one thing. that equality is long overdue, and that progress is a necessity of survival.
we need every mind pulling for the future. not just those attached to a penis. not just those attached to black skin or brown skin or white skin. not just those minds born rich or born poor. we need every mind pulling for the future. every. mind. every citizen of these united states. we need to see each other, and when we see each other, we need to see a person who is equal. a person who has an equal mind.
a person with the same rights. same cares. we need every … single …. person, going into this future. man and woman, black and white, orange and purple. no, it’s not going to be the same world. no, it’s not going to be easy. but yes, we can do this. we can pull forward and find the answers for a better future for our nation, and for the world.
and i’ll tell ya, at the end of the day when push comes to shove, we’ll all know we did our best. we’ll all know we did our best because we did it … as equals.