A new battle has begun in Britain's long-running sex wars. The rallying cry is that equality between the sexes is no longer enough and that all differences must be eliminated. Confused.com conducted a survey to find out exactly how Britons feel about gender blindness.
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A new battle has begun in Britain’s long-running sex wars. The rallying cry is that equality
between the sexes is no longer enough. Instead, all differences between men and women must be wiped out. And victory will only be declared when we have a Gender-Blind
Britain. Confused.com conducted a study to determine exactly what Britons believe about gender blindness.
- 94% of people in the UK believe that a person’s gender should not affect how they are treated in society.- 89% of people in the UK prefer to be seen as a person, before being seen as a man or a woman.
We asked the question “what do you think the world would be like if it didn’t take any notice of people’s gender?”
The Same: 25%
“Assertions of innate sex differences in the brain are either blatantly false, cherry-picked from single studies, or extrapolated from research into rats without being confirmed in people.”
— Neuroscientist and author, Lise Eliot
- 74% of the British public believe children should be raised the same way regardless of
whether they are boys or girls.
Women: 77% vs. Men: 69%
Brits are sitting on the fence on the nature versus nurture debate when it comes to gender differences:
“Nature made us different sexes and we should be treated differently.”
Neither Agree Nor Disagree: 28%
“When it comes to romance, men should pursue women and not the other way around.”
Neither Agree Nor Disagree: 46%
28% of Men Agree
39% of Women Who Agree:
Which of the following are men or women better at?
Providing financially for a family:
They are the same: 60%
They are the same: 66%
Caring for family members
They are the same: 45%
They are the same: 37%
- 35% have been treated unfairly because of their gender,
- 20% of men have been treated unfairly because of their gender
The following are the top situations where people feel treated unfairly because of gender
At work: 52%
Waiting to be served at the bar: 40%
Applying for a job: 28%
Out shopping: 18%
“The EU ruling means that the cost of car insurance and life insurance for women in the short term will go up. The Treasury has said that for young women car insurance could go up as much as 24%.” — Head of car insurance at Confused.com, Gareth Kloet
The gender neutrality in insurance has been dictated by EU rules but also reflects some of the changes and trends that are happening in society: insurance is not the only area of life where gender neutrality is a growing trend. This does not have to mean emasculating men or ignoring the strengths and weaknesses of the genders, but giving each person equal opportunities to succeed regardless of which box they tick on a form, because that box is soon to be removed, and this in itself can be seen as a step closer to gender freedom.
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