What if Feminism cared about men too?

“Men are suffering.  They have different problems than women have, but they don’t have it better.” ~Norah Vincent, a woman who lived as a man for 18 months

Watch a video of the full story here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ2fREo3Tjc

And yes, I am aware that there is some talk of men’s problems within Feminism.  It’s not too often I hear about them though.  It’s a shame.  A more equal focus on men’s issues could very well help toward resolving the female gender issues that Feminism often seems to be one-sidedly focused on.

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Gender Wage Gap: Myth or Fact?

Spoiler Alert:  It’s somewhere in between.

In Canada, the Gender Wage Gap shows that a female full-time worker makes 73.5 cents to every dollar a male full-time worker makes.

Make you angry, right?

Let’s look into it a little further.

Most people probably figure “wage” means it is based on hourly pay since “minimum wage” and “hourly wage” are very common terms in society.

What if I told you that the Gender Wage Gap is based on yearly pay?

That’s exactly what it is based on.  It is not the direct hourly wage comparison that it seems to be on the surface.  It is calculated based on yearly earnings.  It is also not adjusted for hours worked or for choices of work.

Choices of work?

This is where it gets a little more tricky.  Gender certainly plays a part in how some jobs are valued, but that’s not the whole story.  We should also take into consideration that there may be inherent differences between men and women that factor into job choices, and the effect that supply and demand can have on different lines of work.

Inherent gender differences?

Yes.  Blame evolution.

Here is a study that found male monkeys have a strong preference for wheeled toys while female monkeys showed greater variability in preferences.  We can also easily see differences in size in many species of animals according to gender, so we shouldn’t be surprised that there may be some physical differences between human genders.  These types of differences could also come into play to an extent when it comes to decisions around raising children – which is likely to affect choices surrounding number of hours worked.

What does it mean?

It means that job choices and hours worked are more than just a gender issue.  They shouldn’t be ignored, but factoring them into the Gender Wage Gap is a questionable practice.

Fortunately here in Canada, there are more accurate numbers we can look at.

If we remove the number of hours worked and focus on comparing hourly wages, the gap narrows significantly to 87 cents female to one dollar male.

That’s more than half of the gap.

If we take it a step further and compare wages for similar jobs (when gender differences in industry, occupation, education, age, job tenure, province of residence, marital status, and union status are taken into account) the number moves up even further to 91 cents female to one dollar male.

In comparable situations, the Gender (hourly) Wage Gap is a difference of 9 cents.

It’s still a problem that needs to be dealt with, but it’s not quite the problem some people make it out to be.  We do already have laws in place to help prevent gender wage discrimination.  Take a look at Canada’s Employment Equity Act.  Provinces have various Pay Equity or Pay Equality Acts on top of that.

We still should include Job Values and Hours Worked Yearly in the same conversation.  However, we should be careful not to use them irresponsibly to incite fears of inequality — We should be working toward correcting the actual inequalities.

Some now refer to the Gender Wage Gap as the “Gender Pay Gap”.  This comes across as a more honest approach.  Inclusion of the word “yearly” could help to minimize the number of people being misinformed by the surface statistic.

Myth!!  Fact!!

No.  No.  It’s not one or the other.  Both viewpoints have some truth to them, but neither one is the full truth.

Now you know better.

(all stats courtesy Statcan)

Condescending Feminist attitudes impede equality

Feminism tends to be increasingly criticized these days.  Many Feminists will tell you it’s because people, mainly white men, don’t like losing their privilege.  To some extent, it makes sense.  The trouble is, doubling down on this idea seems to be a fairly common thing among feminists.  It can turn away potential allies and likely encourages more criticism and stronger opposition to the movement.  It also seems to shift credibility in favour of less progressive viewpoints, which likely slows down movement toward equality.

It also comes across as hypocritical.  Attempting to silence and belittle critics in the same sort of way that women have have faced silencing and belittling doesn’t seem to be a wise way of reducing silencing and belittling behaviour.  It’s probably not a good idea to try to normalize that sort of behaviour, but many Feminists don’t quite seem to understand that.

But don’t take it from me, I’m just a white-skinned man who doesn’t want to see my privilege taken away!

Here is an article that goes a little deeper into the troubles of Feminist “snark”:
http://thoughtsonliberty.com/ill-take-my-feminism-without-snark-thank-you

Dear No-Meaters, Sentience is a Weak Reason

Those who use the argument of not eating animals because they are “sentient beings” may be, well, out to lunch.

Why are feelings and emotions any different from any other survival mechanism that any living thing utilizes?

Plants, animals, and all living things are all basically a system of survival mechanisms built up over time.  To differentiate plants from animals is to ignore this.

Equality vs Equity? Think again.

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In the second example, everyone is given the same view, so it is also a form of equality.

Also, the second example is not fairness in every situation because not everyone has fair access to a box. What if tall guy wants to sit down for a minute between innings? Poor tall guy!

This kind of definition twisting is something to be aware of when it comes to equality movements for particular groups of people.

False Ideologies and Message Control

I was on a feminist blog the other day responding to some questionable material, as I tend to do when I encounter questionable material on any subject.

It was a post regarding prostitution.  I am of the belief that legalization and control of such business as prostitution and drugs would be beneficial in reducing organized crime and bringing those who have been sucked into drug use or prostitution more opportunity to find the connections they need so they can escape the destruction that can come from being involved in these areas.

So, I was surprised that no one was responding to my criticism of the post.  I went back today and found that my post had been edited and the blog owner and a follower or two were posting slanderous comments directed at me, accusing me of claiming I had  solicited a prostitute.

This sort of behaviour seems to be common of those who have closed themselves off into a group that only supports one way of thinking.

I’ve seen the same sort of message-control utilized several times.  Politics is ripe with it, and some religious-based viewpoints seem to breed it as well.

Typically, this behaviour accompanies flawed viewpoints where the followers of such viewpoints don’t want to have their community bubble burst.  I think it could even be considered a form of tribalism.

Nonetheless, beware of those communities that engage with these tactics.  If you value finding the truth of matters, criticism and questioning are very important.

Internet Feminism Has Lost the Plot

I’m all for improving equality.  Unfortunately, it seems that modern feminism has gone off-track, lost the plot, jumped the shark … I’ve seen suggestions along the lines of “if men don’t like it, it’s good feminism”.

Well guess what?  Rationally-thinking women can see the problems of the current feminist talking points too.

Modern feminism seems to have moved beyond being a social movement and is now strengthening its position as a belief system.

This is why we see people distancing themselves from feminism these days, something Emma Watson was wondering about in her speech to the UN:

Emma Watson seems to understand what feminism is supposed to be about.