Impossible Thing To Believe Before Breakfast #7:
Because it involves taking jobs away from men and giving them to women, affirmative action makes for a fairer and more just society.
I'm afraid on this one, I got lured into framing it in Feminist Theocracy terms -- "Affirmative Action" -- which is never going to work since all their terminology is tailored to impede rather than convey meaning. So let me reframe it this way:
Men work OUTSIDE the home. Women work INSIDE the home. (so "outside the home" jobs "belong" to men: you can change that perception and reality and we have changed that perception and reality but I think all that did was to put women at a remove from what they are GENUINELY most interested in: family and home.)
When you have Men OUTSIDE and Women INSIDE as the societal standard, the genders don't interfere with each other. They have their own jurisdictional areas best aligned with their genuine interests and aptitudes.
See, instead of talking about "fair and equitable" -- which I don't think applies except to hardcore feminists who think only in terms "numerical parity" -- I think it's more important -- because we're talking about women, that is, emotion-based beings -- to talk about happiness.
What we had prior to 1970 made MORE women GENERALLY happier. Marriage as a near-universal condition, maternity as the norm, home and home-making as the pivot point around which everything else revolved. "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."
Women worked outside the home, sure, but usually only UNHAPPY women, aged tomboys, Old Maids, whatever you want to call them. Misery does, indeed, love company. If you've sacrificed your chance at an enduring family and home core to your life -- particularly if you've reached or are approaching your "best before" date for courtship, engagement, marriage and childbirth -- as so many have -- it's going to become a critical thing for you to persuade young women who still have a chance to follow your course instead.
It just doesn't seem possible to me that "home and family" are portrayed interests and were for thousands of years and what women are ACTUALLY interested in and always have been interested in is in being men. That's certainly what our society LOOKS like with 86% of women out in the workforce.
But, personally, I'm convinced that THAT'S the portrayal.
And as long as MOST women opt for portrayal over reality, we're going to live in a portrayal world instead of a reality world.