Five feminist zombie facts

Caption: A Third Wave feminist reacts instinctively to threatening facts.

Once upon a time, feminism stood for something worthwhile and plainly needed: equal rights for women. No one can deny that, during the first and second ‘waves’ of feminism, women were denied many rights and equal social standing. But that time is long past. It is, as Justin Trudeau might smirk, 2019. The idea that women are as oppressed as they were in the 1950s, let alone the 1890s, is absurd. On almost every metric women are doing as well as, if not better than, men.

‘Third wave’ feminists simply cannot accept that. A problem solved is an existential crisis for an activist. Instead, they make up and endlessly parrot a litany of ‘zombie facts’. Christina Hoff-Summers, one of the few remaining sensible feminists, tackles five big porkies (and no, I?m not referring to some mud-wrestling match with third wave feminists). Quote:

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false?Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. End of quote.

Years ago, I interviewed rock star Jello Biafra. He warned that it is imperative to check the source of activists? claims, because more often than not, they turn out to be made of nothing but air. Startling claims like that of a ‘sixth mass extinction’ are too often based on just one person?s ?I just reckon?, and then endlessly repeated as undeniable fact. Quote:

MYTH 1: Women are half the world?s population, working two-thirds of the world?s working hours, receiving 10% of the world?s income, owning less than 1% of the world?s property.

FACTS: This injustice confection?is sheer fabrication??The figure was made up by someone working at the UN because it seemed to her to represent the scale of gender-based inequality at the time.? But there is no evidence that it was ever accurate, and it certainly is not today. End of quote.

A good rule to pack in your bullshit filtering kit is this: if you never knew things were this bad, they probably aren?t. A common tactic for activists is take a potential number, or a number from a more common but less alarming scenario, and present it as representing the worst case. For instance, a relatively common behaviour of teenagers pinching and bruising themselves is presented as ?self-harm? (technically true) and finally as ?X number of teens cutting themselves?, which is bullshit. Quote:

MYTH 2: Between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are pressed into sexual slavery each year in the United States.

FACTS: The source for the figure is a 2001 report on child sexual exploitation?[which] referred to children at risk for exploitation?not actual victims. When?[questioned] on the number of children who are abducted and pressed into sexual slavery each year, he replied, ?We?re talking about a few hundred people.? And this number is likely to include a lot of boys: According to a 2008 census of underage prostitutes in New York City, nearly half turned out to be male.

MYTH 3: In the United States, 22%?35% of women who visit hospital emergency rooms do so because of domestic violence.

FACTS: The correct figure is less than half of 1%. End of quote.

A similarly faulty ? not to say mendacious ? logic is used to make such startling claims as that ?one in five college women are raped?. If true, that would make American colleges more dangerous than the Congo, where rape is routinely used as a weapon of war. Does anyone in their right mind really believe that? Of course not, because it?s bullshit. It?s based on deliberately skewed surveys with a fatally flawed methodology, which uses deliberately broad definitions, conflating being ogled with ?sexual assault? and therefore rape.

Then there?s the endlessly debunked ?gender wage gap? myth. Quote:

FACTS: No matter how many times this wage gap claim is decisively refuted by economists, it always comes back. End of quote.

Finally, the baloney about ?male privilege?. Quote:

FACTS: Neither sex has the better deal. Modern life is a complicated mix of burdens and advantages?for each sex. Women are assumed to be the have-nots because a massive lobby devotes itself to proving Venus is worse off than Mars. Mars? afflictions go unnoticed?nearly 5,000 American workers die from workplace accidents each year. Ninety percent, more than 4,400, ARE male. End of quote.

But third wave feminists don?t care about that. It?s all about them and their unresolved daddy issues. Worse, many modern feminists openly sneer and laugh off the problems that undeniable afflict men. Quote:

Today?s women?s lobby deploys a faulty logic: In cases where men are better off than women, that?s injustice. Where women are doing better?that?s life. End of quote.

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