The gender equality concept is founded on the principle that masculine and feminine nature, the maternal vocation of the woman and man’s paternal vocation, the spousal identity of man and woman, their complementarity and anthropological differences, spousal love and the family, among other givens of our anthropological structure, are “social constructs” - in other words that they don’t exist per se. The reality of our existence, thus ideologically transformed into “social constructs”, would prevent women from accessing equal social power with men. To acquire this “equality”, it is considered necessary to deconstruct gender “stereotypes” such as that of the woman as :
Guardian of life
Heart of the home
Help fit for man, complementary
Deconstruction happens primarily through education, starting at a very early age, and “sensitization” under all its forms (media, publicity, NGOs…), but also through international, regional, national and local policies.
The vision of the woman that the gender perspective promotes is that of a woman :
Single and sexually “liberated”, controlling her fertility
Holder and claimer of rights
Activist, agent of social transformation
Holder of social, economic and political power
Producer, economically profitable
The new vision tends to be absolutist, in the sense of being exclusive of the reality it has deconstructed. In other words, the new culture extols citizenship but no longer speaks of motherhood as belonging to woman’s constitutive vocation ; it promotes “rights” to the point of despising life ; it turns equality into a dominant theme, but complementarity has become taboo.
Gender equality is understood solely in terms of equal power (political, socioeconomic, cultural…). The gender perspective interprets power in function of a will to possess for oneself, not in function of a will to serve others. The concept has a Marxist origin : it refers to the struggle between the sexes, the woman being “oppressed” by man and having to take hold of political power and control over the means of “reproduction”.
The right to choose one’s sexual orientation increasingly explicitly belongs to what global governance means by “gender equality”.
© 2009 Marguerite A. Peeters