Over at the whedonesque blog there's a neat little post by the man himself, Joss Whedon, on the power of women and the roles that they play in our everyday lives. Anybody familiar with Whedon's work will know just how much love and loyality, and damn respect, that the writer has for the female sex - and it's something he feels important enough to discuss online.
He's right of course. In our own society there's something demeaning about being a woman. Whether it's the media showing women as weak human beings, who are incapable of anything without male support, or religion - which seperates its women from its men, by making them wear head scarves, or shave their heads, or whatever. It's a sad fact that in the 21st century women are still not regarded as equal.
But it doesn't have to be that way. If we all spoke loud enough and promoted equality, then people will start to listen, and mount a change. It's a disgrace, as Whedon himself says, that over half the world's population are treated as "wrong" and less important than the other 50%. And that thought makes me ashamed to be a male.
Please, whatever you do, never look down on somebody just because they're missing a penis.