Best of the Web Today: You've Come a Long Way, Elska - WSJ.com: "The notion of "total gender equality" is a meaningless abstraction. To continue with the simple example, what would be the composition of a legislature with "total gender equality"? Half men, half women? Would it reflect the sex ratio of the population as a whole (which in most countries is more than 50% female), the sex ratio of the population old enough to be eligible for election (which would be tilted still further to the distaff side), or the sex ratio at birth (which is majority male almost everywhere)?
It's true that by any conceivable standard of "equality" the U.S. Congress, 18.3% female according to Gummow, would fall short. But the example is illustrative of the broader conceptual problem, which is that the sexes are intrinsically different, and any effort to impose "equality" by one measure is likely to reduce it by others."
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