Friday, October 31, 2014

Violence Against Women, And Men Too

Is it me or is the media campaign against men particularly strong these days. For starters there is the rape culture on campus talk, which is ongoing. And then there is the scandal involving explicit pictures of naked women in some pilot's cockpits at Air Canada. Then there is the Cat Calling video of a woman from New York. And lastly there is the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, which actually does seem to suggest that his bedroom activities walk a fine line between abuse and BDSM. This last one is really being covered a lot. The main issue I have with it is the relentless media campaign, in the proportionality sense, where it congests the airways instead of other more important, or equally important, news. Okay, we get it, violence against women is bad, but as usual it becomes overly emotional and politicized and the facts get muddied over as a result. And it becomes a case where the punishments (even where punishment is deserved) far exceeds the crime.

Yes, violence is a problem. Violence against women is a problem. And violence against men is also a problem. But violence against men is never talked about, even though there is actually a lot more of it. The feminists as usual cherry pick the issue and leave out half the story. Violence against men is prevalent and quite often viewed as comical too. How many times do men get beaten up in movies and television shows as compared to women? How many times have you seen a man kicked in the crotch?

I think one of the main fuels for all this bullshit is the gender wage gap myth. It seems to be used as a sort of balancing device, where the wrongs against men are OKAY because, well, men get paid more (among other perks), which by the way is due to the patriarchy, which by the way is proof that women have it worse and men have it better. In reality though, it's a nebulous theory at best. But as it turns out it's a very useful lever to pull to help achieve the feminist goal of advancing women's interests by exaggerating the ground that needs to be closed in order for women to catch up to men. In truth though, the ground is already closed. Further advances by women will only mean supremacy, which is what feminists want. Rest assured, they will play the victim card all the way to the top, if they are allowed.

The gender wage gap myth needs to be destroyed, and the only way to do that is by presenting real data collected by reputable data collection agencies. A subject such as this cannot be accurately and credibly dissected otherwise. Here's a report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.consad.com/content/reports/Gender%20Wage%20Gap%20Final%20Report.pdf

And here is an excerpt from the foreword:

There are observable differences in the attributes of men and women that account for most of the wage gap. Statistical analysis that includes those variables has produced results that collectively account for between 65.1 and 76.4 percent of a raw gender wage gap of 20.4 percent, and thereby leave an adjusted gender wage gap that is between 4.8 and 7.1 percent. These variables include:

A greater percentage of women than men tend to work part-time. Part-time work tends to pay less than full-time work.

A greater percentage of women than men tend to leave the labor force for child birth, child care and elder care. Some of the wage gap is explained by the percentage of women who were not in the labor force during previous years, the age of women, and the number of children in the home.

Women, especially working mothers, tend to value "family friendly" workplace policies more than men. Some of the wage gap is explained by industry and occupation, particularly, the percentage of women who work in the industry and occupation.

Research also suggests that differences not incorporated into the model due to data limitations may account for part of the remaining gap. Specifically, CONSAD’s model and much of the literature, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics Highlights of Women’s Earnings, focus on wages rather than total compensation. Research indicates that women may value non-wage benefits more than men do, and as a result prefer to take a greater portion of their compensation in the form of health insurance and other fringe benefits.



The results of this report aligns itself very well with what Warren Farrell frequently talks about. But a report like this really solidifies things. It's like the global warming debate. You have to get reputable scientifically minded people to speak out on this stuff, not ideologues.

All this gender wage gap discussion in the media also points to another problem. It suggests that "gaps" are only a problem when it's the women who are lagging behind the men in those areas that would stand to benefit them. It's conveniently one-sided and completely ignores certain other gaps in society which don't get nearly as much attention. These other gaps include:

• The degree gap. There are roughly twice as many women getting degrees as men.

• The workplace injury and death gap. There are many, many more men who suffer injury and death in the workplace than women.

• The front-line soldier gap. Virtually all front-line soldiers are men.

• The suicide gap. Men kill themselves at a rate 3-4 times higher than women.

• The life-expectancy gap. Women live 5-6 years longer, on average, than men.

• The homicide gap. Men are more likely to be murdered than women.


These are just to name a few. There are others as well.

Now the media will scarcely mention these things. The underlying reason for this is the overarching feminist influence. It is the main reason or perhaps the only reason for this. It is the powerful forces of feminism at work which steers the type of information you get to hear with regards to gender issues. It's powerful arm pushes the focus on only those things which are perceived to be at a disadvantage for women. But it's an elitist cause. It only bothers feminists that there aren't more female CEOs, or more female politicians. But it doesn't bother them that there aren't, say, more female garbage collectors, or more female front-line soldiers. They only care about closing the ivory tower gaps but not the gaps at the bottom, which are also dominated by men (but in much greater numbers than the gaps at the top). So one must conclude that the current feminist movement only wants selective equality, or more accurately, female supremacy. And they will pursue this objective by playing the victim card all the way through. They will cherry-pick statistics, tell half-truths, and they will insist that there's achievement gaps even where there aren't any. And by creating policies to "close the gap" they will move towards supremacy.

I get angry thinking about this. But my anger is non-violent, as it should be. It is best and much more useful to channel the anger in peaceful and productive ways. We must take the high road at all costs even when the feminists and their sympathizers take the low road to try to shut us up.

I'm not saying everyone should start picketing and protesting in public, although that's good too in some cases. But rather, adopt a mindset where you will not stay silent the next time someone says something to bash men, or goes on about how only women are victims, or how women make less than men in the workplace. Speak out, but be prepared. You may be called a woman-hater for it, but that will be irrelevant to you. You are only interested in the facts. And you can share the facts with them. And the best way to do this is with links to credible sources which refute, say, the gender pay gap. There's also links to Statistics Canada, such as the following:

1. Spousal violence in Canada.

Self-reported spousal violence, as given by the General Social Survey, is about the same for men and women. Source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-224-x/2010000/t002-eng.htm

2. Homicide rates in Canada.

The total homicide count from 2000 to 2009 for males was 4254, and for females it was 1684. 70% of all homicide victims are male, and 30% are female. For homicide victims outside the home, 80% are male and 20% are female. For homicide victims inside the home, 40% are male and 60% are female. Source: Table 4.1 on page 38 in: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-224-x/85-224-x2010000-eng.pdf

These numbers can be worked out from the table.

3. Suicide rate in Canada.

The total female suicide rate is about 5.4 per 100,000 (Source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/hlth66f-eng.htm), and the total male suicide rate is about 17 per 100,000 (Source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/hlth66e-eng.htm)

4. Gender wage gap report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.consad.com/content/reports/Gender%20Wage%20Gap%20Final%20Report.pdf

5. In a recent report by the U.S. Department of Justice, for the period 1995–2013, females aged 18 to 24 had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to females in all other age groups. In this time period the incidence of rape and sexual assault for female college students (age 18 to 24) was 6.1 per 1000, and for female non students (age 18 to 24) it was 7.6 per 1000. The findings are from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to police against persons age 12 or older. Source: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsavcaf9513.pdf

Important Note: Contrast these numbers to the often mentioned "1 in 5" rate of sexual assault for college women (as opposed to the much lower 6.1 per 1000 which translates into 1 in 160 — as indicated in this government report).


Share these links freely. Don't be afraid to speak out on behalf of men, whether it's to your girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, relative, or whoever. Of course I'm not saying you should speak up in every single instance. But certainly do speak up at least sometimes.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these, I raise this issue as much as I can but it all feels underground. Even some men don't like talking about this out of fear. But it's getting ridiculous as of late with the NYC cat calling and over-vilification of Ghomeshi.

pinetree said...

It is quite odd why violent women has become such a taboo subject.

Anonymous said...

@ Pinetree

"It is quite odd why violent women has become such a taboo subject. "

You can add female sex offenders on that list too. The Toronto District School Board renewed the contract of at least 47 female teachers who were caught in inappropriate relations with students.