Quick, messy graphic to explain a concept that seems obvious to me:
We shouldn’t be helping women because they’re related to someone else. We shouldn’t be helping women because someone else cares about them. We should be helping women because they are people.
We should be helping women for their own sake.
Why is that a hard concept for people to grasp?
Jesus Christ internet, all this phrase means is “Hey one reason you should be nice to people is because there are other people will be mad if you aren’t.” That is a perfectly valid argument.
People have traditionally said this to women, because traditionally women have been the caretakers and homemakers of families and traditionally we have ELEVATED the women in our families for doing so. Just like when someone wins an award and says “I wanna thank my Mom” and doesn’t mention their dad.
Do people seriously think that when people say that, it’s because we think the ONLY REASON women deserve respect is because of their worth to someone else? Do you really think that? That is the kind of hyperbolic overanalysis that makes people look at you weird.