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Equality doesn’t mean being the same

Joanne Wilson wrote a blog post yesterday, titled “ Women look at things differently ", in which she points out the differences in the genders’ way of making decisions. The first thing that popped into my head when reading it was: Equality doesn’t mean being the same — it means equal rights and opportunities. I’m obviously not the first one to have said it, as a Google search will quickly confirm, but the thought hit me very clearly. And it doesn't just apply to the gender issue. People are different in many ways, and you can’t expect them to be the same. But they all deserve to have equal rights and opportunities. In every area of human interactions where equality is sought, whether it is gender, sex, ethnicity, health, etc., the mistake can commonly be made of saying, well, “They claim to be the same as us so we don’t need to give them any special treatment”. That would be like saying that a handicapped player in a sport would have to play by the same rules