Was Monday’s decision a hollow triumph , a win for theoretical equality at the expense of real justice? I don’t believe so. To be sure, the court’s remedy is disappointing, even cold-hearted. But the constitutional analysis in Ginsburg’s opinion is still a liberal coup. Ginsburg fused the gender equality standard with Obergefell ’s “equal dignity” rationale, demanding a justification for sex discrimination that comports with our contemporary sense of fairness. This fundamentally progressive test should prevent the government from citing anachronistic and unfounded prejudices to justify discrimination. Trans people, in particular, stand to benefit from Ginsburg’s forward-looking rule, which makes clear that archaic phobias and bad-faith paternalism cannot trump equal protection. The story of Morales-Santana may end poorly for Morales-Santana himself. But Ginsburg’s opinion remains a ringing endorsement of gender equality that evolves along with society.
Overall, this is a movement that seeks to boost young girls’ senses of worth by targeting the source of much of their self image problems in the first place: the media and those who create the media’s content. Hopefully by continuing research on gender inequality in the media and providing this information to the film industry and the rest of the public, the people who influence our country will be enlightened about the impact that they truly have on people’s lives and self-images, particularly those of young girls. The fantasy of the media has interfered too much with reality; it’s time to get real.
During Chinas long revolutionary years the state both promoted and negated new roles for women. The most severe reaction against female activism was the Guomindangs counter revolution, called the White Terror (1927 - 1928), when female activists were accused of being instigators of societal chaos. During Chiang Kai-sheks relentless hunt for Communists, thousand of women were murdered and raped, including those who had simply bobbed their hair. The Communists, for their part, turned away from what they saw as bourgeois feminist reforms to attack the socioeconomic conditions they perceived as the source of all female oppressions. The idea was that once gender difference was erased, women would be freed to help spearhead the new society. Mao Zedong coined the phrase Women Hold Up Half the Sky, and set in motion a campaign to get women out of the home and into the work force. Selections from oral histories collected during the period illustrate his attempts to mobilize the lowest in society, the female peasant, so she could confront feudal fathers, husbands or landlords.