News from the UK today has announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton have welcomed a baby boy to the royal family. This child is the third for the couple and will be greeted by big brother George and big sister Charlotte. News outlets have confirmed that this child is fifth in line for the throne behind his grandfather, father and siblings.
In 2013, before Prince George was born, the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 was passed which ensured that a female royal can maintain her place in line to the throne. Prior to this, the new prince would have moved ahead of Princess Charlotte in succession simply be virtue of the fact he is male and she is female.
I wonder if anyone will argue that this is reverse discrimination. This poor boy has lost the privilege that should have been rightfully his as has been the tradition for centuries. On some level it doesn’t seem fair that he has been born to a time when the rules changed and required that his sister’s place be honoured in the same way that a male child should be honoured.
The struggle continues for many
Feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes. All things being equal, gender shouldn’t matter when determining who is fit for the throne. The same could and repeatedly should be said about any job. According to a 2018 Global News report, however, a mere 3% of CEOs in Canada are women and 26% of our MPs are female. We still have a long way to go to ensure that women in Canada have equal opportunities to their male counterparts.
What can families do?
Consider what equality looks like in our homes. Do we have different expectations for males than females? How are chores allocated? In what ways do parents model equality? To what extent do we perpetuate gender stereotypes by our actions? In what ways do our expectations and behaviours demonstrate every person has different gifts and should be encouraged to use those gifts in whatever ways reflects who they are regardless of gender?
Conversation is always important and creates a framework from which we can explore the nature of gender through the eyes of all in our families. What would it take to begin that conversation?
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