Men of Respect
By Bryan Caplan
My youngest son just turned eighteen. This is when you want them to develop opinions and morals and hopefully somewhere in there become an adult who’s going to be sensitive to others and caring. With men, have respect for women, and for women, have respect for yourself.
Respect turns out to be a one-way street: Men are supposed to collectively respect women, and women “hold up their end” by individually respecting themselves!
Question: Why does gender enter into it at all – what’s wrong with the gender-neutral advice to “Respect other people, and respect yourself”? Or how about the meritocratic advice to “Respect those who earn it”?