Note: the word Feminist is used frequently in this article and refers specifically to the Fourth Wave. While earlier waves focused on equal treatment and opportunity, the Fourth Wave is much more interested in equal outcome, which is not realistic for reasons touched on below. They have many important points regarding violence against women that have merit, but their insistence on equal outcome is oppressive both to males and those females whose goals, views, and beliefs deviate from their own.
Women are superior to men.
That’s the message that the Feminist would have you believe.
Before telling you that men run everything in our society or that the dreaded Patriarchy works overtime to actively oppress and destroy young women everywhere it finds them.
That message is repeated over and over again in television, books, and floods at us over social media constantly.
The why isn’t difficult to understand. Women look at the top: the political leaders, the tremendously wealthy, the Nobel laureates – and saw they were mostly men.
This is true.
But their next conclusion was that this means men run the world.
That’s where their argument falls apart.
The bell curve
The statistical world can be reflected in the famous bell curve.
This curve, as represented in the image, puts most people in the middle.
This curve is reflected in all things throughout nature, though it can vary quite a bit.
The average is always the largest portion and appears in the middle sections of the curve.
The major differences happen on the edges.
The left side is the group at the bottom of whatever we are measuring. If we look at height, these are the unusually short people and includes little people. Those on the right side of the chart are the unusually tall people and includes our NBA players.
It’s on these curves that things get really interesting.
But before we delve deeper into the two outer edges, let’s establish something with a handful of simple numbers. Let’s say we’ve rated two groups of people on physical attractiveness:
2, 3, 10
5, 5, 5
These sets look nothing alike. One has two people almost at the bottom and one at the very top.
The other has three very average people.
The average overall rating of both groups is 5, but only a fool would claim they’re equal. The very ugly and very attractive person in the first group make it much more visible.
The point: outliers, those outside the middle of the curve, can skew perception very hard.
Men at the top
One of the fascinating things about statistics measuring success between males and females: women have a larger middle curve, men have much longer ends.
Meaning, when we look at salaries, example, we see a lot more male billionaires than female.
In IQ, we see many more genius level males than females.
In jobs, men tend to occupy many more of the top jobs in the country.
As a Feminist, it would be easy to assume that the system must be skewed against them.
But, before you jump to that conclusion, you have to first look down.
Men at the bottom
At the bottom, men also have a larger share.
Men are much more likely to be imprisoned, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that 93.2% of its inmates are males.
67.5% of the homeless in this country are male.
In the United States, 77.8% of murder victims are male.
Men also constitute 93% of deaths in the workplace, nearly 11 times higher than the rate for females.
In contravention to “common knowledge,” a fascinating study in 2014 found that while women felt pressured into sex more often, its studied population of students showed almost no difference in the rate of males vs. females coerced into having sex by force, drug, or alcohol use.
It would be easy for a man to look at the bottom and conclude that society is organized to favor women.
But, like the assumption above, if we look at bother top and bottom together, we realize that’s nonsense.
More realistically speaking, men and women are roughly equal, with minor variation, at most tasks and innate abilities. There is, however, a greater number of men bunched around the top and bottom.
The reason we have a lack of equal results is, in part, due to this disparity, however, the most telling factor may be motivation.
Why do more men work dangerous jobs than women?
If all things were equal except risk – same hours, same pay, same level of difficulty – would men still choose the careers that increase the odds of death, like mining, military service, over-the-road trucking, etc.
Only a fool would say yes.
So why choose difficult careers?
Men (when we look at entry-level workers) also tend to work far greater hours, negotiate their raises more frequently and fervently, and identify more with their employer.
Interestingly, at the top positions, those differences disappear.
These two examples point to the real underlying issue: one of motivation.
Men and women are different. We evolved differently to meet different needs. Those who pretend we are exactly the same, or that claim upbringing is the sole determining factor, ignore a great deal of evidence from the field of biological evolution.
Men are motivated more by money. They are more likely to take on greater risks and work greater hours to accomplish their goals.
That’s a general statement, not true across the board. As mentioned above, women who work in boardrooms are virtually identical, in terms of their willingness to take risks, fight for raises, work long hours, etc. as their male counterparts.
Meaning that a woman interested in making it in business or some other male dominated field should be happily considered and accepted if she has the qualifications. She has the right to motivations for the job on question.
Equality of acceptance is ideal. Equality of outcomes is unrealistic. Forcing women to take positions in society they are not interested in is oppression, regardless of how it might fit the Feminist agenda.
Countless examples exist to support this theory of differences in motivation and prevailing, modern social science literature does as well.
The idea that there is a conspiratorial Patriarchy is improbable when we look at the bottom rungs of society. Few would seek to claim the the Patriarchy is working to make men’s lives worse is bizarre at best.
We’ll touch on this in the future but why do you think men and women differ in these ways?