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Should respect be earned or mandated?

Updated on August 25, 2014

Defined, respect reads accordingly; -"-a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements." Such is not the case however, as slogans such as this are seen everywhere, "Be a man, respect women," A women brought you into this world, therefore you have no right to disrespect one,' and "Keep calm be a man and respect women."

Have we redefined respect in this regard to mean, the subjugation of the male to the female through intimidation and and a false sense of guilt? That these slogans and sentiments, which are quite prevalent in our society, contradict the the true meaning of the word and replace it with coercion. Respect is not given, it is earned and simply to assert that a women is a woman, therefore respect is mandated and if not accepted is evidence of a misogynistic attitude and the sinner should be isolated and castigated?

Certainly, there should be an open respect for all live, in particular Man. The mindset however, to abuse the word to mean that all women, demand the same degree of respect or even tolerance, which has nothing to do with respect, but it is becoming synonymous, is nothing less than a modern version of Orwell's Newspeak.

Respect for a given person is of an individuals decision to bestow that honor on another for what ever reason that person decides and it is not in the realm of a free society to dictate.

The redefinition of manhood, the male, is also taking place here. The male cannot be a man unless he first demonstrates a respect for the female, without any real cause to do so or without any requirement or expectation that respect is due him.


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      Laura Knipp 3 years ago from Virginia Beach

      Respect should be earned. When someone does something wrong, then the respect should be lost. If mandated, everyone would be up on a pedestal and no one would have a clue on who should or should not be respected.