Over the past few decades, women have been struggling to learn how to truly empower themselves. They have struggled to embrace their passions and opportunities and, as a result, have begun to follow paths that others have deemed “empowering” for them. Traditionally, these “others” are usually men, or even other women who pressured them into being subservient to their husbands.
More recently, however, the groups who have marketed certain identities to women the most are, ironically, the progressive feminist types. Numerous pseudoscientific claims have been made with disregard to the biological and psychological differences between the genders and, as a result, women have discovered and embraced an odd sense of power in proclaiming themselves as physically and emotionally equivalent to men.
Women are not the same as men, and this should not be marketed as a weakness, but rather, as a strength.
Telling generations of young women that, in order to be empowered, they have to be equal to men in all aspects of life is an astronomical offense. Women are empowered by embracing their own attributes, not discarding them and copying another’s.
One of the most fascinating psychological studies conducted was a study of the cultural differences between men and women in Scandinavian countries, particularly with regard to career pursuits. What they found was as a country’s social policies became more egalitarian, the differences in lifestyle choices between both genders heightened dramatically. It was the exact opposite of what social scientists expected.
Female empowerment should not have anything to do with demeaning men either. A common mistake that concurrent feminist movements make is in thinking that empowerment must come at the cost of men and masculinity. Women do not need to push men down in order to lift themselves up. Additionally, the psychological effects of such cultural attitudes on men have been devastating, as noted by psychologist Jordan Peterson in his book, “12 Rules for Life.”
Historically speaking, one of the best ways to empower women was to educate them. Learning about the world and various cultures has been proven to correlate strongly with levels of reproductive health, cultural awareness, and overall female empowerment in an individual country. A civilized society should make available the best tools it has to offer to encourage each young person to work hard to obtain a life that he or she deems worthy of pursuit.
Education is the greatest power an individual can have, for it can never be taken away once it’s been obtained. Knowledge of the mechanics which make the world tick leads both men and women to be better-informed and well-equipped to handle whatever the world may toss their way.
Unfortunately, politics have plagued the national debate over empowerment, resulting in a severe lack of substance in these debates. Pseudoscience in the field of psychology has had a similar effect, leading to strange arguments about male and female biology. Saying that women are just as strong as men is intellectually disingenuous, but it doesn’t have to be degrading.
Women have many biological advantages over men. For example, Harvard Business Review published a study which showed that women rank higher than men in several leadership skills including resilience, self-development, and taking initiative. Others have claimed that women rank higher than men in empathy, while men are more analytical by nature. These are not inherently good or bad things, rather they each have advantages and disadvantages.
Encouraging women to pursue their passions and most importantly, educating them and providing them with every opportunity available in order to allow them the opportunity to pursue their passions. A stronger initiative for female education and career opportunities will go much further in empowering women than demeaning men will.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.