Equality Without Adjuncts?

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Confronting the Limits of Gender Egalitarianism

Can a society actually survive and excel without some of its members (adjuncts) playing a supporting role for others (principals)? For most of human history, these roles of adjunct and principal have been played by women and men respectively. But a world where we are moving to increased gender egalitarianism raises some challenges: when there is a principal and an adjunct, roles and responsibilities are clearly divided. When everyone is equal, how do we make sure that we maximize the ability for equals to fulfill their obligations in a manageable way?