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Respond to this question with a clear position statement. Give a reason or reasons for your position. Below are some questions to get you started thinking about the issues involved--they are FAR from the only questions/issues that this topic might raise, and are only intended to get the conversation rolling. =) Remember to visit ProCon.org to gather evidence for your position as the debate gathers steam, and to CITE the source of ALL evidence, wherever it comes from! Also remember to observe the rules of a classroom discussion--keep it civil!
What would it mean for men and women to be "equal"? Can the sexes be equal without the same legal privileges? Can they be equal without the same social privileges? Is equality guaranteed in US law? Does it matter? What does "separate but equal" mean? Where does this phrase come from? Does this idea have any merit where men and women are concerned? If not legally, then socially? What is the "glass ceiling"? What is the "glass cliff"? Is it actually true that women make less money than men for the same work? Do men have the same privileges to care for children and their families and to tend to their own physical and emotional health as women do? What percentage of household work do married or cohabitating men and women each do? Does the school system privilege one sex over the other? Does the legal system privilege one sex over the other? What are the statistics on violent crime against both men and women? How do these statistics impact our understanding of equality between the sexes? Are there inherent biological differences between men and women (besides sexual characteristics, obviously) that make it impossible for them to ever be truly "equal"? How do popular culture and the media reinforce our beliefs about the characteristics and the proper roles of men and women?