Feminism vs. Egalitarianism…. Equality vs.Equity…. It’s all the same, right?

This reminds me of the analogy that says egalitarianism/feminism are like a race track…

Egalitarianism is a race track where all runners begin from the same, straight line….. Since all start from the same point, it is equal for all, right?….. (This is known as equality).

Feminism (or at least feminism that takes an Intersectional approach) is where one staggers the start line so that the distance between the start line and the finish line are the same for everyone…. (Known as equity).

An egalitarian would say that staggering the lines creates an unfair advantage cause some people are getting special treatment by having their start lines begin ahead of the others so it isn’t really equal and gives the ones towards the outside an unequal start…..

Technically, yes, the staggered start lines would create a situation where those on the margins (outside of the track) start ahead.

Logically though- this staggering allows the distance to be the same for all runners.

If one were to overlook this and have the same starting points in the name of equality, one would always be re-creating a disparity between the differences of start to finish for those on the margins (marginalized) than from those towards the centre (privileged).

Also, the idea of privilege is saying that the closer you are to the inside of the track- the less likely you are to notice the advantage of a straight line, because you benefit from it…. It has nothing to do with being bad or wrong and everything to do with how one experiences the world based on their placement on the track (positionality).

But you may be thinking, “I have a friend who always wins and they start on the outside on a straight line, so saying they need an extra lead is treating them like a victim!!!”

Yes- I am sure you have a friend who races on the outside and still manages to win all the time. That has to do with talent.

Imagine how much harder this friend has had to work to beat the person on the inside of the track- of course it can be done- but the point is it is way less likely.

The people who fight for access to those staggered lines don;t think those on the margins are ‘victims’- they are people who can measure the distance between start to finish and see that without staggering the lines- the ones on the outside will always have further to run in the same race.

That’s it. That simple.


About Reclaimingkatie

I have no idea how to begin my story. All I know is that it is far from over. My story isn’t an inspiration and my life is not courageous. I just existed the best I could. It was only recently that I even grew to know my memories are real. I know now that I am not crazy. I did not invent my pain; however, most people who meet me will always believe otherwise. I don’t need anyone else to tell me who I am now. I once heard, "you cannot escape a prison if you can't see the bars".... I now see the social constructions that have shaped my life and will do my best to dismantle them. This is me- deconstructing the contamination of innocence.
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