Gender Rights

Gender rights are extremely democratic so they threaten authoritarian regimes that rely on traditional, unequal gender roles, heteronormativity, and especially the cult of masculinity. Gender hierarchy implied by “traditional values” contributes to many other social hierarchies which can be naturalized through gendered metaphors. If it is agreed the the “masculine” should be superior, it may be easier to accept the priority of military spending over health care, the priority of the security of boarders over the protection of life. Spheres coded as feminine can be underfunded and underrepresented, all in the name of the “natural, traditional” order.