Women and Men, Girls and Boys:
Separate and Equal?
What often seems to appear in Supreme Court decisions, according to the few examples cited thus far, is an affirmation of long-held stereotypical notions of female and male. And, it could easily be argued, this attachment to stereotypical understandings leads to the continuation of sex discrimination on the part of the courts, society, family, friends. In order to understand that argument fully, however, or to be able to advance or counter its validity, one must first be aware of the content of those stereotypical images and their origins and consequences. In addition, one must understand just what constitutes sex discrimination. Thus,there are still some pivotal questions that should be answered before moving on to reading the actual Court decisions. They are these:
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|•||What is sex discrimination?|
|•||What is its origin?|
|•||What are its consequences?|
|•||Does equal treatment mean/necessitate the same treatment?|