Standing In The “Shadow” of Fear

I did an essay for Nisi Shawl comparing Jordan Peele’s US to Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS, and M.K. Jemisin’s THE ONES WHO STAY AND FIGHT. She asked me to explicitly address a question: how does becoming a whole human being stop men from wanting to oppress women?

To answer that question, I had to broaden it to: how is it that a human being owning their strength AND their softness stop them from feeling the need to manipulate, control, or feel intimidated by the opposite sex?