Very few countries have sterling records when it comes to gender equality. Almost everywhere in the world, women are paid less, subjected to greater violence and granted fewer opportunities to obtain political power than men.
Despite this problem’s global nature, the American media too often pushes a troubling narrative: that gendered oppression is the norm in Muslim-majority countries.
Here to reject this claim is Resa Aslan, a renowned religious scholar who went on CNN this week in response to comedian Bill Maher’s equating of the “Muslim world” with Islamic State, the violent group that’s taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq.
"Liberal Western culture is not just different [from Islam], it’s better," Maher said.
So, I know gender's got to be real because thinking it isn't is transphobic, and I do generally believe in it, but I have a scientific mindset most of the time and I'm really bothered by the fact that I don't know what gender IS. If you take away gender roles, presentation, etc, what's left? How do we actually have genders? Do non-western genders exist as separate things, and if so is there really that much of a racial-genetic difference? What causes gender?