Sunday, July 15, 2012
Point/Counterpoint: Revolution opens doors for women and men
In our weekly Point/Counterpoint feature, we invite knowledgeable people (usually two) to express their views on a current topic. After reading each other's columns, our guests then write rebuttals on the RoundTable blog, where readers can join in the conversation.
Recent Point/Counterpoint essays
- The current rule is fair, favoring neither side
- Fair trials arise when evidence is available to both sides
- Let's invest in real solutions
From the RoundTable blog
The differences between our two responses last week seem to illustrate, among other things, the many ways to think about the sexual revolution.
However, at some level both deal with the concept of choice - women's larger range of choices regarding reproduction, as well as choices about work and family life. Surely, the critical piece demonstrates that patriarchy persists despite changes in sexual mores and that class differences have an impact on women's choices. These claims are undeniable. But few of us would wish to give up our freedom to consider alternatives because some people make unfortunate decisions. Nor, I think, would most of us want to limit the options we and our daughters and granddaughters might enjoy simply because social institutions have not caught up with the ideals of gender equality.
No "revolution" is painless, but a revolution that opens doors for millions of women to realize their potential and for millions of men to be more engaged with their families warrants a generally positive response.