Over-Emphasizing Correlative Opposites

Links Jul 03, 2009

For years, I have been preaching the dangers of over-emphasizing correlative opposites. A correlative opposite is basically saying “two sides of the same coin”. The one’s existence is required for the existence of the other and visa-versa. It is impossible to have one without the other.

This is especially notable in the complimentarian/egalitarian discussion. Some egalitarians over-emphasize femininity and some complimentarians over-emphasize masculinity. Now they may object saying, “We’re making up for a deficit of emphasis.” The problem is, you don’t solve the problem by repeating the mistake that caused the problem. You’ll simply swing the pendulum in the other direction.

So I’ve been trying to teach this concept (correlative opposites should receive equal emphasis). A few days ago, Luke over at StickWorld posted the best explanation I’ve seen to date. Click Here.

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