Small inequalities: gender and the family

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Via Greater Good.

The vast world of inequalities women deal with on a day to day basis is completely untouched by public debate, law, or policy.

The inherent gender inequality built into our social and emotional lives, into how we structure our days, into our expectations for what female individuals must do, the value of one person’s time compared to another’s — these are the intimate family spaces untouched by policy.

These are the times and spaces where women are alone and without recourse.

These are the pockets of life where we are obligated to shut off our personal awareness of inequality, simply to live in peace and harmony with expectations of love and acceptance. Because once we articulate this awareness, social harmony in everyday life becomes conditional; love is stinted.

In order to be loved, we must give and give without question.

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