Normalize equality. It seems so simple now that I think about it. Normalize equality. The solution has been here under our collective noses all along. Normalize equality. That is all there is to it. If we want to rid the world of oppression (sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism, etc.) we just need to use the same tricks that have been used on us for ages. We must socialize the world to believe that equality is normal.
You might be thinking if it were that easy someone would have done it a long time ago. Well, I didn’t say it was easy, I said it was simple. Make no mistake, it will not be easy. However, it is possible. I know it is possible because we have been socialized to be what we are today. Men are taught from a very early age (if not birth) that in order to be a man you must be strong, athletic, in control, tough and rugged. Women are taught to be delicate, dainty, subservient and quiet. The messages that reinforce these notions come at us from every angle. They come from advertisements, products, music, movies, our schools, our families, our churches and many other places. We are being trained to be mindless, mass consumers and at the same time we are being sold twisted versions of gender, race, sexuality, faith and ultimately normalcy. We have been trained that if we are not a white, heterosexual, Christian male, then we are not normal. We are also taught that if we are a white, heterosexual, Christian male then we will have power and privilege bestowed upon us and that it is our duty to maintain it.
As you can see, there is something very wrong with this picture. Why does a relatively small group of people (white, heterosexual, Christian males) have so much power in America? I am sure there are a thousand and one answers to that question and I won’t go into it in this article. However, I will say that this group of white, heterosexual, Christian males have worked very hard to keep their power and privilege and it is time for that to end. It is time for equality to become the norm. This is a human rights issue. All people deserve to be treated equally, period.
Equality will not happen on it’s own. We must create it. All oppressed and socially conscious people must unite on this issue for there to be a shift. We must work together to normalize equality in society.
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Ted Rutherford – Responsible Men