Feminists typically justify their beliefs by claiming that America (and the west in general) is a patriarchy, a society where men dominate and women are subjugated. But does our world really privilege men over women? All the signs point to no. Here’s why…
1. More women than men are attending college and earning degrees
According to Pew Research Center, 71 percent of women enroll in college after graduating high school while only 61 percent of men do, with the gap widening every year. Additionally, since 2006, women have earned the majority of college degrees at all levels, from associate’s degrees to doctorates.
2. More women than men have jobs
Since 2010, women have surpassed men on American payrolls and consistently have a lower unemployment rate than men as well. This is in large part due to the current recession, which so disproportionately impacted men that media outlets have dubbed it the “mancession.”
3. Men and women earn equal pay for equal work
Feminist claims of a “pay gap” between men and women are false. According to the Wall Street Journal, when pay rates are adjusted for education, marital status, occupation and other factors, men and women earn the same amount of money for the same work.
4. On average, boys perform worse in school than girls
Girls consistently earn higher grades than boys in grade school, including in math and science. Boys are also more likely to be diagnosed with developmental disorders such as ADD, ADHD and autism.
5. Men are jailed at much higher rates than women
According to the Bureau of Justice, there are more than ten times the number of men in prison than women, many of them jailed for drug possession and other nonviolent offenses. So many men are imprisoned in the U.S. that the “land of the free” now has the largest prison population in the world, larger than communist China (a country with four times our population) and other repressive dictatorships.
6. Men are more likely to commit suicide than women
From 2000 to 2011, the U.S. suicide rate rose to 12.3 per 100,000 people from 10.4, with men driving the increase: they are four times more likely to kill themselves then women. Middle-aged men and military veterans are especially at risk of suicide.
7. Rape rates in the U.S. are the lowest in decades
Despite feminist claims that American society fosters a “rape culture,” the rate of rape and sexual assault declined by 58 percent between 1994 and 2010. In 1994, five out of every 1,000 women were raped; in 2010, only two out of 1,000 were.
8. College students are much less likely to be raped than the general population
Feminists like to argue that one out of every five women in college will become the victims of rape, but according to the Department of Justice, only six out of every 1,000 female college students will be raped or assaulted. In other words, only 0.03 out of every five women are raped.
9. Domestic violence has fallen to its lowest rates ever
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the rate of nonfatal domestic violence declined by 63 percent between 1994 and 2012. Serious intimate partner violence against women also fell by 72 percent between 1994 and 2011. From 1993 to 2007, the annual number of women killed by their husbands, boyfriends or other intimate partners fell from 2,200 to 1,640.
10. More men in the U.S. are raped than women
According to the Department of Justice, in 2008, 216,000 inmates were sexually assaulted while in prison, compared to 90,479 rapes that occurred outside of prison. Because men are ten times more likely to be imprisoned than women, they are almost always the victims of prison rape.
11. The use of “roofies” and other date rape drugs is rare at best
According to a study in the British Journal of Criminology, “there is no evidence of widespread use of hypnotics in sexual assault, let alone Rohypnol, despite many attempts to prove the contrary.” Most women who claim to have been roofied were merely drunk.
12. Super Bowl sex trafficking is a myth, as is trafficking in general
Despite feminist claims to the contrary, there has never been large-scale sex trafficking around the Super Bowl. Indeed, according to government reports, sex trafficking of women and girls in general is rare.
13. The media treats women who claim to have been raped with respect, no matter how ridiculous their stories
From the Duke lacrosse rape hoax to the recent UVA rape hoax, women who cry rape are treated with reverence by the media, their claims never investigated or criticized.
For example, Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz made waves last fall when she declared that she would be carrying her mattress around campus until her alleged rapist either dropped out or was expelled. Not only has Sulkowicz been the focus of numerous positive news reports since then, she was invited to attend this year’s State of the Union by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
This implicit belief in her story occurs despite a typically conviction-hungry district attorney’s office declining to bring any criminal charges against the accused, and extremely strong circumstantial evidence that no rape actually occurred.
14. University of Virginia fraternities have been forced to institute new rules in response to a rape that never happened
Despite the fact that Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus,” about a brutal rape that occurred at a UVA frat house, has been proven to have been fabricated, UVA fraternities were forced to agree to more restrictive rules on their activities as a result of said story.
15. “Yes Means Yes” sexual assault laws are being enacted in states across the U.S.
Last year, the state of California enacted a new law requiring “affirmative consent” for all sexual encounters between college students. Despite being unenforceable and a clear violation of men’s rights, several other states, including New York and New Jersey, are considering enacting their own versions of the law.
16. Ray Rice was nearly blackballed out of the NFL due to domestic violence charges that had been dropped
Last September, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL after a video of him punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer was released by TMZ. This was despite the fact that not only had criminal charges against him been dropped, Palmer married Rice not long after the incident. Rice successfully appealed his suspension last December.
17. Women are dominating high profile positions in government and business
Women are increasingly taking top spots in American business, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman among the most notable examples. Additionally, as of the 2014 elections, a record 104 women are serving in the U.S. Congress: 84 in the House and 20 in the Senate.
18. Public transit systems are campaigning against “manspreading” at the behest of young women
Last December, New York City’s MTA launched a campaign against “manspreading,” the supposed phenomenon of men spreading their legs too wide on the subway. The MTA’s initiative came after years of lobbying by young women and blogs such as Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train.
19. Foreign women who use dating sites to seek American men to marry are protected by the Violence Against Women Act
In 2005, as part of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress added a new statute, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA). This law requires American men who use dating services to connect with foreign women to undergo invasive background checks, effectively privileging female foreign nationals over male U.S. citizens.
20. Twitter rewrote its harassment policy solely due to pressure from feminists
Two months ago, Twitter unveiled a new anti-harassment policy at the behest of feminists and those who oppose GamerGate, a consumer revolt focused on fighting corruption in video game journalism. Both groups have since abused this policy to get anti-feminist personalities such as Jordan Owen, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Slade “Roguestar” Villena suspended from the site despite the fact that they have never broken the rules.
As you can see, the idea that modern society is patriarchal is completely ridiculous. Not only are women doing better than men when it comes to education, employment and other metrics, women’s concerns take center stage in both the media and government. It doesn’t matter whether these concerns are based on myths, outright lies or completely frivolous: the power brokers in our society cater to women at every opportunity.
This is a woman’s world: men are just living in it.