This story really broke the straw off this rhino’s back. As a brother with a younger sister, the concept of equality for women has perplexed me. With one rhino’s puff, I think equality is a load a rhino poo!
Let me explain why I think this and what I said to my sister following an awesome weekend celebrating another male lost to the world of sobriety and family time.
So we were grabbing a feed after 18 holes of golf and drinking at the local tavern, a long way from Sydney. I spotted a large Hen’s party doing something similar but better organised (wow those women plan hard). I went over to introduce myself to the “leader” and suggested we collaborate. We decided to have a boat race, ladies vs. lads. Now this is where the “Equality Issues” crept into play.
The boat race was just a bad excuse to get some of the single lads on the Bucks into the mix with the Hen’s night, and the hens to cluck over some fine strapping lads. To level the playing field I suggested the girls drink middies or shots and the guys drink schooners.
“No”, explained the Hen’s party leader. “We want to keep this equal.”
In what right mind would a group of girls take on a group of weekend drinkers that boat race by habit every Saturday?
So we finished the race when they were on girl number two. The result is insignificant, but these girls could have bargained for better odds, got free drinks and made their male counterparts look silly. Instead this new world order of equality has left them with a poor starting position and a bad end result.
This is what I told my sister.
Sister, you are not equal to me and neither should you want to be. Focus on your strengths, the things people like and respect about you (things I am pretty sure most men would be useless at doing). You will never drink like me but you can always score yourself a free drink. Do it! You will never dominate a person with your ego and macho personality, but you will bring many men to their knees with your sweet voice and smile. You have an eye for detail, a compassion for your colleagues and you bake muffins for your staff. Something most men will never accomplish.
If you are entitled to that pay raise then ask for it. If you want something use your strengths to get it. If you don’t think you are being appreciated, find someone that will so they realise how much they need you.
Don’t get me wrong, women have every right to opportunities like men. You also have a responsibility to rise to the challenges set by others and be better then you already are in life. The laws are on your side, corporates want to empower you and society has set agenda in your favour. So don’t waste this opportunity of being a woman in search of equality.
Please be the amazing women you are. This futile drive for equality is messing with the minds of women and not empowering them to be who they are.
Do women forgo their equality by ignoring their feminine strengths?