#6 What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander.
This is another old proverb which dates back to around the 17th Century. Other versions state; what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander or another version; as deep drinketh the goose as the gander (https://en.wiktionary.org). So we can see that the idea of goose and gander has been around for quite some time.
A goose is of the water bird family; it is interesting to note that the female goose has no particular name but the male goose is referred to as a gander. Long before women’s liberation or the #Me Too movement this proverb championed the concept of gender equality in what is appropriate or good. From a personal perspective, I believe the genders to be different but equal. Each has a role to fulfill; those roles are complementary and create a circle of completeness.
From a broader perspective the concept of gender can be extended and the proverb can be applied to any person, situation or group, meaning that what is right for one is also right for the other. It is the removal of bias and hypocrisy, an antidote to the mindset of special privilege, an appeal to fairness and the embracing of a common foundation. The important aspect is that it is the promotion of Good.
What is good for the goose is good for the gander reminds us humanity has much more that unites us than which separates us and if something is good that good is available for all.