The main reason things are as they are is because of society's expectations for each gender. Society expects men to be physically stronger than women, while women are expected to be mentally stronger. If we take a look at physical tests, tge standards for women are much lower than that of men. On the contrary if we look at a test that revolves around feelings, men's expectations are significantly lower than that of women.
I've always been disgusted by double standards my whole life. One of the double standards that really makes me mad is the standard that women should be able to cry but men should not. I've never understood why this persists and why so many people agree with this bullshit. I absolutely abhor the culture of machismo and masculinity because historically in most cultures it was considered more normal for a man to cry but in the past 100 years or so this has been switched around. Another double standard I hate is how female promiscuity is more stigmatized than male promiscuity. I hate how when a male cheats he's considered a player but when a female cheats she's considered a slut. Humans for the most part, both genders, have naturally been more promiscuous in virtually every society and that was considered the norm. Monogamy is another social construct that has only been established or incorporated in the past 100 years or so. I don't get where these foolish double standards came from and why people believe this trash mentality.
In America every aspect of our society women still get treated in a different way because they are, "women". Special care, services, funding, laws etc. True equality would expect everyone to be treated the exact same way in ever aspect. You cant take the good, keep the good and not take the bad.
Double standards are every where and totally obvious. Women and girls get treated with a lot of special care and respect. Men and boys do not.
Think of it, Helen Mirren recently stated that women shouldn't let men put there arm around women, and that young women shouldn't allow that behavior. Now if men didn't put their arms around women, women would say that men are so mean and selfish that they never think of women. Things are insane!
We do not need "equality" anyway, we need happiness.
Under the clothes, yes we are different. However, women can flip as many burgers, file as many papers, and shoot bullets as much as a man. It doesn't matter what's underneath the clothes. There is still a lot to do to ensure equality, but its not all for equality in favour of women. Thousands of workplaces around the US (and other countries I'd imagine) force men to cut their hair, but not women. This includes the many global militaries. In fact, the US military states men must have tapered appearance (since supervisors can interpret how they wish, most men are forced to have high and tights like marines), while women can just put her hair in a ponytail.
True gender equality can't be achieved because men and women are wired differently. Men tend to be stronger and more aggressive women tend to be weaker and submissive. Men don't give birth or menstruate, women do. These differences matter and I don't see how true gender equality can occur given such.
A main reason is because society will always view men and women differently, regardless of which one is seen as better, or how often this scale turns, and this divisiveness will spark disagreement and arguments for both sides. Even if the views of society are all wrong, they will affect people's thinking. Just look at stereotypes for example.
Men and women aren't equal because we aren't equal. We possess different traits, and are better or worse than our opposites, this doesn't mean one is better than the other or even one is treated better. Men and women choose different career paths, favourite activities, who we associate ourselves with and how we act.
The "double standards" are usually rationally decided, and aren't just "hurr you're a woman so you get special privileges," although that happens in other areas, lol. That's however not the reason we cannot have true "gender equality."