Monday, November 26, 2012

Sexism Rocks as Long as the Rock Fits into our Cultural Mosaic

Hypocrisy also rocks, or at least, it’s winked at. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remarked at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference there will be enough women on the Supreme Court when all nine justices are female:

  • “So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that,” she said.
Meanwhile, if Justice Antonin Scalia had stated, “All the justices should be men,” he would understandably be tarred and feathered. How can Ginsberg inspire any confidence as a Supreme Court justice and a representative of justice with such a sexist agenda? Such language can only increase the polarization and fragmentation of the West. Even now, several states have introduced bills of succession from the Union.

What then makes certain forms of sexism acceptable and other forms not? Hypocrisy!

Some argue that past sexism justifies present sexism to compensate. However, the answer to sexism isn’t more sexism. Penalizing today’s males for the advantages accrued by past males isn’t justice; it’s victimization fueled by bitterness and jealousy.

While our universities, media and government trumpet their adherence to principles of truth, justice, equality and diversity – and these are principles around which we can all congregate – we are left wondering about their true motivating principles. Perhaps we need to prayer as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni had just done:

  • “I stand here today to close the evil past, and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness…We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.”

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