“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Winston Churchill
Our culture has become so terrified of gender distinction that we have gone out of our way to homogenize the differences between the sexes. Rather than celebrating the strength of our differences, we are condemning any and all distinction between men, and women. Much of this forced amalgamation is due to liberal philosophy. The funny thing is, the left harps on multiculturalism and extols cultural differences yet, when it comes to gender, they run in the opposite direction.
The reason the left has become increasingly intolerant of the notion of gender differences is because when things are different, they tend to be unequal. Objects that operate in binary relationships tend to complement one another in their strengths, and in their deficiencies. When one is strong in one area, the other may be weaker, and vice versa. Men and women operate in a sort of binary system, and as such, their differences complement each other. The left hates that. They want a world in which both genders are exactly the same in every way, and because that’s impossible, they make a fuss at every turn.
According to Fox News:
“The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation’s largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.”
For many years, the Pennsylvania State Police has used a vigorous fitness test to determine which candidates are fit for the job of a state police officer.
“A test begun in 2003 consisted of a 300-meter run, sit-ups, push-ups, a vertical jump and a 1.5-mile run, the lawsuit said…From 2003 to 2008, 94 percent of male applicants passed the fitness test, while 71 percent of female applicants passed. Under a similar test administered in 2009 through 2012, 98 percent of male applicants passed, while 72 percent of female applicants passed…”
The lawsuit alleges that the fitness requirement used by the Pennsylvania State Police is not necessary to the job, and because of that fact, any uneven hiring practices based on the fitness test constitutes gender discrimination.
It seems to me that to be a police officer, one would have to possess a certain amount of physical strength. There are many situations in which physical strength would be a key component of the job. If an officer has to take down a suspect, but isn’t strong enough, I would say that they are unfit for the job, regardless of their gender. But that’s not what the left wants to hear. They see a twenty percent difference in acceptance, and they call foul. But if we’re disregarding a standardized level of strength as a key component of the job of a state police officer, wouldn’t the 6% or so of men who didn’t pass have reason to file a suit as well? Isn’t that what they’re inadvertently proposing?
By filing the suit, the federal government is claiming that a standard level of fitness should not be a requirement for this particular career. They are advocating for changes to the system that would allow weaker individuals to be accepted into the force, despite their inability to compete physically with their peers. Given that, wouldn’t anyone have the right to file a lawsuit based on their gender, body type, genetics, or general lack of physique? If standards are lowered for women, they must also be lowered for smaller men, as well as men with unathletic body types. Once the standard is lowered, what’s the point of fitness at all? Why don’t we just throw out the fitness requirement altogether, and let morbidly obese people join the force?
This lawsuit isn’t about discrimination, it’s about the liberal idea that men, and women must be equal in every way, and in every situation. It doesn’t matter that a weaker officer may endanger the lives of civilians, or the lives of their partner, it only matters that the girls get to play with the boys. It’s a schoolyard notion of fairness, and it does not apply in the real world. Men, and women are good at different things, and that’s ok.
There are certainly legitimate instances of gender discrimination in the United States today—and I’m not suggesting otherwise—but in cases in which physical strength might mean the difference between life, and death, or apprehending a criminal, and not apprehending a criminal, there is no discrimination, there is simply reality.