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What does it mean to be (gender) Equality Agnostic?

Gender Equality Agnosticism is a form of Egalitarianism, specifically limited to gender equality. In brief, it is the belief that equality is not a men’s issue, or a women’s issue—it is a human rights issue and therefore needs to be pursued from a standpoint that takes on the position of both sexes.

Equality is defined as: The state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability.

Agnostic is defined as: A person who holds neither of two opposing positions on a topic. Socrates was an agnostic on the subject of immortality.


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The top WESTERN gender issues

These are the top gender issues experienced in most western cultures, there are international gender issues that happen in addition to these also.

Western Women’s issues Western Men’s Issues
Rape & sexual assault
Women are predominantly the target of rape and sexual assault.
Men and boys are predominantly the target of murder.
Domestic Violence
Women are most frequently the subject of violence within the home, by people they know.
Non-Domestic Violence
Men are most frequently the subject of violence that occurs outside of the home.
Equal Employment Representation
(High Power / high-pay)
7 years education required

  • Upper management
  • Political positions
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers
  • Engineering and other senior-technical skills
The dictionary definition of patriarchy is a societal norm of awarding power and authority to men.  This is particularly obvious when looking at high power/pay employment.

Equal Employment Representation
(Medium power – safe environment) jobs,
3-4 years education required

  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Office administration
  • Soft-skills related consultant
Safe employment options with low travel times, clean work environment, minimal danger and low exposure issues that focus on nurture, care or emotional well-being are dominated by women.

Equal Employment Representation
(Medium power – safe environment)
3-4 years education required

  • Network engineer
  • Programmers
  • Technical consultant

Labour related to technology is normally considered men’s work and is dominated by men.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2005 - 2006 approximately 85 per cent of the ICT industry's 348,200 workers were male, and this has not changed over time, with ABS statistics indicating women represented only 16 per cent of the workforce in the late 1990s.

Equal Employment Representation
Trade education
(Low power, low risk, low pay)

  • Hairdresser
  • Nail specialist
  • Beauty therapist

Women experience a societal gender obligation to be beautiful, therefore most trades related to appearance are considered to be “women’s work.”  These roles also come with the benefit usually of low travel times, free of environmental hazards (sun/rain/cold etc) and are low risk.  If men and women are to be seen as equal, there can be no “men’s work” or “women’s work”.
Equal Employment Representation
Trade education
(Low power – medium risk, medium pay)
  • Mechanic
  • Builder
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Tiler
The male gender privilege of physicality, and the male gender obligation of “protector”, means that most trades are viewed as men’s work.  These are jobs that are dirty, potentially dangerous and often require heavy lifting and physical labour.  If men and women are to be seen as equal, there can be no “men’s work” or “women’s work”.

Equal Employment Representation
(Low power, high risk)
High-school education or less
“Equal death for equal pay”
  • Long haul driver
  • Logger
  • Miner
  • Factory hand
While men makeup 54% of the workplace, they represent 93% of workplace death, serious accident and long term health issues as a result of workplace environmental exposure (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) .  24/25 jobs rated the worst/most dangerous in the world all have one common element, they are almost 100% fulfilled by men (Source: The Myth of Male Power).
*Sexual objectification
The idea that you can’t value a person for their appearance, or that you can't seek out a person purely for the sake of sex, is primarily a “conservative” feminist position that ignores the biological gender privilege that women experience of being the relationship and sexually pursued gender.  I do not support conservative feminism.  I do support lipstick and stiletto feminism which instead embraces sex and sexuality as a normal part of the female power base.  Lipstick and Stilletto feminists fight against the stigmatisation of sexuality, particularly female sexuality and seek to reclassify "patriarchal beauty ideals".  Short version - we may need to change the definition of "beautiful" rather than end the celebration of physicality and sexuality. Sex can be just sex, as long as consent is given by all adults involved, after all, do you think a woman who chooses to have sex with a man just because she likes the look of him is dis-empowered?  If not, would this benchmark not equally apply to both genders?
Male circumcision
While the western world is quick to speak out against female circumcision, it's just fine with endorsing the mutilation of male genitalia.

While white feminism - based on American cultural norms - has frequently downplayed the severity of male circumcision due to it's acceptance in American culture, Black feminism regularly speaks out against this practice.  In African cultures it is common to circumcise women and men as part of a group ceremony.   Recent studies showing that women are harmed by the practice of male circumcision has helped these feminists gain voice.

*Equal pay
There is a long standing feminist argument that women do not receive equal pay for equal work in the western world, and although this has been debunked repeatedly by a range of institutions, continues to be a popular women’s issue.  Men as a gross-statistical-category earn more than women as a gross-statistical-category... because men overwhelmingly fulfill the role of provider in traditional single income families, and women overwhelming stop working to care for children.
This statistic will only change once both genders are relieved of the obligations of gender role (nurturer/mother - women, protector/provider - men), both genders need to be taught they have choice as to whether they choose to meet traditional gender expectations, that choosing not to can still mean success, and that if a member of the opposite gender chooses not to meet traditional gender expectation - that person is not a failure.

Success Objectification or Hypergamy
“So what do you do?”  Men are treated as human-doings instead of human-beings, with their societal value being tied to how useful they are as a person, and/or how much personal income/power they are able to accrue.

While "Success Object" tends to be a phrase reserved for MRA circles, it is well known component of an area of Evolutionary Psychology known as Hypergamy."

An example of Hypergamy was possibly best summarised during a study  by Simon Davis (Men as Success Objects and Women as Sex Objects: A Study of Personal Advertisements):“A study was made of 328 personal advertisements sampled from a major daily Canadian newspaper. It was found that gender differences for desired companion attributes were consistent with traditional sex role stereotypes. Relative to the opposite sex, women emphasized employment, financial, and intellectual status, as well as commitment, while men emphasized physical characteristics. Physical characteristics were the most desired, regardless of sex. Secondary findings were that, for this sample, considerably more men than women placed ads, and that the mean age for both sexes was relatively high. The main findings were similar to those from earlier studies.”

Street Harassment
Military conscription
The requirement to murder and potentially be murdered for a cause you do not necessarily believe in continues to remain an all-male burden.  Even in nations that have mandatory military service (receiving military training) only require males to participate in military action (killing and dying) – women have the option to join military action.
Sexualisation of young girls / youth Foetal rights
Most western elements believe in a woman's "right to choose" whether she becomes a parent.
Men have no legal rights when it comes to paternity. Consenting to sex, is not consent to parenthood.
Kidnapping / Abduction
Legal “provider” child obligations
The gender role of "provider" is still legally enforced in parts of the western world, even if the children involved were conceived without the father's consent

Eating Disorders

Depression and Suicide
Here in Australia the biggest killer of people under the age of 45 for both genders is suicide (learn more here):

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