“And the Male is not Like the Female”: Is One Gender Preferred Over Another in Islam?

“The idea that women are merely trying to be seen as full-fledged humans with all the needs and necessities associated, appears alien to so many men – even the ‘good’ ones, the ones who do not intend harm, the ones who do not intend injustice, yet who have heard ‘the male is not like the female’ for so long and in all the wrong ways, that they refuse to believe women when they are beseeched to understand how indeed, the way women are not like them is because women suffer so much… and often at their hands, intentionally or not.”