I think a post I put up elsewhere might explain it better:
I just had a friend, who's a manager, explain to me what the whole issue is. What we have here is an obvious difference in values [ which are based on differences in culture. ].
I'll come to the conclusion later. First of all I think that it is proper to express my feelings about gender equality:
Male and female brains are not the same. This isn't sexism, it's a medicinal and scientific fact. This has no impact whatsoever on cognitive functions. Both women and men should be able to perform intellectually about equally given the same conditions for mental growth. There may be a difference in maturing, but this is up for debate, given, that this may not be the case. The behavioral difference, which is caused mainly by hormones is not really part of cognitive functions, but it can be extremely distractive and hinder proper performance. This also is a fact.
I could go on about physical differences, but since that depends on a person's lifestyle, I think, that we could narrow it down to: Men have a penis and can't get pregnant, women have breasts, vagina and can give birth.
What came out of the talk with my friend is this:
On this planet more and more people enjoy the attention as victims, even though they are no real victims. Sexism and racism do exist. But some people feel offended or hurt even though no one actually has a wish to discriminate against them, nor did hurt them willingly. The "offenders" in these cases are usually surprised and perplexed by the situation. And in most cases they never realize, that they hurt someone, because they cannot think in a way, that would make them bigots who have antagonistic feelings towards the alleged victim in this case. But once they understand, that someone felt hurt by their action or statement, they are more than willing to sincerely apologize.
That is unacceptable to the alleged victims, because now they are in the saddle and won't stop until they see the "offender" burn at a stake. And this is what makes me so upset about the whole situation. It's insane.
Therefore when speaking in a public forum try to avoid saying anything, that could even remotely be taken as an insult by anyone, because someone definitely will feel offended, even though you meant no harm and never even considered a train of thought which would lead to the offense.
One of the reasons I have such a problem with this whole situation is, I'm not racist nor do I have any problem with women [ well... actually I suck at dating, but that's simply because I suck at small talk ]. I generally see people as individuals. Yes, there is statistical information for groups which I take into an account. You could call it prejudice, because it has a similar feeling to it, but it's not. I just take that information and consider it a situation that may happen. It doesn't mean, that I make that information the main point about the person I'm talking to. That would be stupid and illogical.