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International women's day 2019 : the unicorns, we can take care of later

When Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer talks about how women are better are the opportunities of the digital Revolution can take, told you the story about the lessons

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International women's day 2019 : the unicorns, we can take care of later

When Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer talks about how women are better are the opportunities of the digital Revolution can take, told you the story about the lessons a teacher on the subject of pumps. If you, the teacher, talking about Oil production, gains you the attention of the boys in the class. If you are pumping, but about the human heart, to the attention of the girls declare. Due to this particularly empathic and emotional appeal, more girls and women could be encouraged to study stem subjects and to take up technical professions and the digital age, according to your needs and requirements to help shape. Also, the conclusion of the CDU leader, is this: If you tell girls and women "Improves the world!" you can even bring you to the program.

the world of women?

In this anecdote is a basic question, with the help of the gender equality policy has always been at odds: to be the world "female", so that women can exist in her? Or women need to be educated more "manhood", so that you can prevail in the world as it is now? And this question is not in itself sexist, because it implies that girls are more controlled feeling, while boys were more likely to be controlled by the head? Because it implies that there is a male and a female variant of the world, and a real, substantive difference between a man and a woman?

On the first women's day in Berlin a holiday, is the issue of gender equality with some force back on the political stage. The women's day feeling – Yes, feeling! - in the year 2019 is a strange ambiguity, one of Stagnation and Triumph at the same time. The debate about whether this day is really necessary and the right ranged from "we need, we still have a long road ahead of us," and "Yes, finally there's something to celebrate" to "excessive and unnecessary", the "gender-delusional Whiners".

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we Were with a different policy?

It is an in-Between feeling, which also has a lot to do with Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer: the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the second Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany could follow. Accompanied but this power will change from a rebellion of the Retro men. With much Pomp, the country celebrated just 100 years of women's right to vote, at the same time, the number of women has decreased in the Bundestag; it is a discussion about parity laws. On a Ostfrau a West could follow a woman at the head of the Republic – and 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the West also looks self-critically at its own history of Emancipation, in comparison to East Germany, where until today, the wage differences between men and women are lower, as well as the proportion of women working part-time.

The Federal Republic of Germany must ask: Could we be, if we had made a different policy? And why are we doing it now? Sure, there are new, young, role models, such as the climate activist Greta Thunberg. Nevertheless, for girls, for the prospective Chancellors of the future, the world in the past few years, a bit pinker. At the supermarket checkout counter, the pink suggests Surprise: You're different. And Instagram asks: just gonna glue glitter on the nails and collect the heart instead of votes, this is your destiny.

Change the people or the structure?

In this state, between the Triumph and the restoration movement, the question particularly sensitive is whether gender equality policy should continue to insist on the paradigm of feminism, like Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, and others formulated: There is no substantial biological difference between men and women, Yes no binary gender distribution. All the differences that we observe are socially produced.

Politically, the question is: to choose the pragmatic approach beyond this paradigmatic claim, an approach like the one Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in favour, so to speak, whatever works: If the girls want to stop programming rather glittering unicorns to program but sparkling unicorns. Or insists that all girls and boys learn the same? For the working and policy of the world, the same questions could be: do we Need to ensure that the people, i.e. women and girls, adapt to the structures? Or we change the structure?

The danger of the pragmatic approach is to operate on the Symptom. Still girls and boys by a part of well-meaning, and partly unreflected, but also oppressive coalition of Relatives, Parents, in the consumer industry and ideologues in very different roles drained. Still, girls are encouraged to "girlish" behavior. Who does this role distribution, educational Use, may have short – term success, and reaffirmed, but also the regressive forces in their statement of the substance of difference between the sexes and perpetuates the production of the different roles. Who's future policy in the age of the child says: Improves the world, also conveys: you are different; gefühliger, empathic, and pink. P. s.: money is not so important to you, does not, therefore, asks for the content.

longing for a real breakthrough

Nevertheless, it is a lot of evidence to go the pragmatic way. In the ambiguity of women's day 2019, the longing is for a new, a real breakthrough, and the Weariness of the fact that the success curve is always flatter – or even once again in the other direction.

And finally, Annegret Kramp-karrenbauer is not right: in 2019, is any Moment. In the digitization process is on course, as well as in the climate change and foreign policy. If women do not contribute now, the lapse of the Moment, ranges have designed and you have to live with a world of others – mostly men.

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For the Moment, the recipe should say so, in fact: Whatever works. Gender equality policy beyond the paradigms. The abolition of the unicorns we care, if we have half of the Power.

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