I thin k it can be stated that many debate for the sole purpose of beating others up, period. So I pick those that seem to want to do otherwise to respond to.
“There are certain premises modern progressives make that are supposed to be taken on faith as truth. One of them is that women and men are the exact same.”
That’s a real stretch. Yes, I’m sure you can find a progressive or ten out there that actually do believe this. But equal before the law, equal opportunity, equal work for equal pay, etc. is what progressives mean.
But dare we as men suggest that some of traditional gender roles give women privilege provided they comply with said gender roles? That is where “equal” breaks down.