Do we really understand why it is that societies and cultures in which women are respected as equals tend also to be cultures that are far less prone to start wars, whether of the Putin kind or the Muslim wars, both built on endless lies, a key characteristic of cowards.
One could of course argue that males who have no regard for women, even treating everything female with contempt (often out of fear of the female, even within themselves), that these men are to be blamed for the whole thing, that war, violence, oppression thing that they have to strut in order to kill and die feeling like a man. The problem with that all too frequent interpretation and accusation is that it still disrespects women, acting as if all the power is in the hands of the almighty men.
What if we respected women enough to ask that they take responsibility for their side of the bargain. Not acting as an equal, when one patently is, allowing others to treat us with contempt, to be condescending toward us, to wait for them, the males, to change, to point the accusing finger only at them, is no better than to excuse one’s action with the all too common “I only did what I was told, therefore I am innocent.”
If it is true that wars and violence are more likely in societies where women do not insist, as men do, that they be treated with the respect one deserves as an equal, then one may well ask to what extent women are responsible for all the violence and the horrors of war. Not in order to transfer the responsibility from one gender to the other, but in order to insist that all human beings must treat each other as of absolute, incomparable value (as Immanuel Kant already argued).
A start is of course that we laugh at and ridicule all men who promote a social order in which women are inferior. Arguing with them, trying to convert them is giving them far too much credit. They should be the laughing stock of our world-wide community, including all religions that preach such insane inequality. And never mind “religious tolerance”: a stupid farce which insists on a subservient role for women is not worthy of the name religion.
But we should also learn to laugh at the dangerous stupidity that bows down to such burlesque performances of sanctimonious males. They, the women are equally ridiculous, just as they become equally worthy of our respect when they assume their rightful place as equally responsible human beings.