Just another question. Again, it's honest. I have no ulteriior motive. I don't dislike feminists at all - I don't hate anyone, really, not even T's evil ex and not even George W. Bush -
Do you really believe men and women are equal?
You stated as much (and I missed it - even though it was your first point. Hence this edit. Now do you see why I think I'm a dumbass?)
I do not. No way, no how, not in any stretch of the imagination.
And that's a good thing. We have different strengths and, ideally, these strengths should be used to complement one another, not to compete with one another and certainly never to tear one another apart.
Sadly, some women perceive (rightly or wrongly) that their particular strengths are not valued as much as men's strengths. I certainly felt that way myself for some time.
Now, it would seem, some men are feeling that they are not valued. And why is this? I'll ask the men here to answer that one.
I feel too much effort has gone into permitting and enabling women feel good (read: entitled) for nothing other than being female.
One should feel one has value because one has actually done something valuable. It's not an entitlement - one has to earn it. AND it can not, must not, come from any source other than one's own heart and mind. A few laws (affirmative action/anti-harrassment/whatever) aren't going to make self-entitled, self-absorbed slackers feel good about themselves - male or female.
It doesn't matter if it is baking cookies for a sick neighbor or designing a new software program or writing a song which will orchestrate someone else's life, or if it's carrying another human to safety - these things are all valuable, and life would not be complete without everyone's contributions. The important thing is to contribute - and feel good about what you have contributed. My own modest contribution (and forgive me for being self-aggrandizing) is noticing everyone's feelings - and acting where I see a need. I'm not your equal, lkanneg. I couldn't hope to be. I'm not, say, Galt's equal either. But I'll bet, as far as being thoughtful, generous, considerate and kind, some here may not be MY equal. No, thoughtfulness is not the same as being able to rescue a 220 lb. man from a fire. Is it worthless, though?
A good comedian is certainly valuable on a Friday evening with a glass of wine and some friends, or when one is depressed, but on Monday, and the trash is piled outside your home, you would be plenty pissed off if the trash collector did not show up.
Are the contributions mentioned above equal? No, not really. Are they all equally important? No, not really. But which would you do away with?