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Mark Perry’s top ten gender charts of the year for 2014

January 11th, 2015 - 6:33 am

Economist Mark Perry posts on his gender charts for 2014:

2014 was a very interesting year for gender-related issues that included former White House press secretary Jay Carney struggling (squirming?) at a press conference in April to defend the 13% gender pay gap at the White House at a time when Obama was busy signing two executive orders concerning fair pay for women working for federal contractors, a perennial debate about how much gender discrimination contributes to the unadjusted 23% gender pay gap nationally, a media frenzy about an alleged campus sexual assault/rape epidemic, an op-ed about the “supposed campus epidemic of rape” by George Will that stirred up a national controversy and elicited a response from four Democratic senators and resulted in Will’s syndicated column being dropped by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and a horrific, but later discredited, report in Rolling Stone magazine about a gang rape of a female University of Virginia student by seven different men in a fraternity house while the victim was lying on shards of glass. To help summarize last year’s top gender-related stories, I present here my Top Ten Gender Charts of the Year for 2014.

Check the charts out here.

January 8th, 2015 - 8:51 pm

The Brisbane Times: Domestic violence an equal opportunity killer (Hat Tip: Terry Brennan):

For me the most tragic image of 2014 was watching a father break down crying “My babies, my babies” at a memorial service for his children, two of eight child victims of a Cairns domestic house of horrors. The alleged killer was mother to seven of the children, and the aunt of another.

In Brisbane, another woman was charged in December over the deaths of two children, and the attempted murder of two others.

And we must not forget the mother who attempted to kill her newborn baby in Sydney just weeks before by dumping him down a stormwater drain. Fortunately he survived for six days before being discovered and rescued.

If something is to be learned from all of these incredibly sad cases, it is that domestic violence is an equal opportunity killer. Women are just as capable of killing in domestic circumstances as men, especially when children are involved.

This is borne out by the latest statistics from the Australian Institute of Criminology. These show that between 2008 and 2010, in family related murders of children, more than 45 per cent of the killers were the mother.

NYC to Curb ‘ManSpreading’

January 6th, 2015 - 7:50 am

 

As if NYC doesn’t have enough to worry about, a campaign is underway to curb manspreading:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you take the subway, bus or train, you’ve probably seen men who take up more than just their seat.

As CBS2’s Vladimir Duthiers reported, the issues is now the focus of a new MTA campaign.

Sitting on a crowded subway can be a lesson in sharing. Each person is allotted 17.5 inches — the width of an average seat.

But for some, that’s simply not enough.

So what is “manspreading?”

“Manspreading is when men take up too much room on the subway by spreading their legs in a wide V. Like geese traveling,” explained actress Kelley Rae O’Donnell.

O’Donnell has become an anti-manspreading activist, making stopping the spread a personal mission.

“I guess you would call it subway shaming? It’s what my friends accuse me doing,” she said.

So, if it’s okay to subway shame men, is it okay to slut-shame women? Slut-shaming is “defined by many as a process in which women are attacked for their transgression of accepted codes of sexual conduct.” So now men are attacked. Why is one form of sexism okay and the other not? And don’t give me the crap about the patriarchy. If you shame men in this way, you are a nasty sexist who deserves contempt.

The commenters to the manspread article seem to get this:

“P3n1$ envy” says one commenter and another states: “MY BODY MY CHOICE. What happened to that concept? feminazis targeting white males only GUARANTEED.” Another one states: “Right…because you never see women with 5 bags/purses and set them all on the seat beside them as an excuse to not let people sit there. Just the men who are wrong, right?”

Right, the war on men is alive and well in NYC.

Make that apology worth a million bucks an episode for Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting of Big Bang Theory:

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is taking back her recent comments about not relating feminism.

In a Redbook interview, the 29-year-old Big Bang Theory star was asked whether she considers herself a feminist.

“Is it bad if I say no?” she replied. “It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around.”

“I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality,” she said.

She added that she enjoys cooking for husband Ryan Sweeting five nights a week because it makes her “feel like a housewife.” The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary on New Year’s Eve…

After Twitter users criticized her comments, she took to Instagram to do a bit of backpedaling.

“I’m completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others,” she posted on Jan. 1. “I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.”

Another site headlining the apology makes note that Cuoco-Sweeting makes 1 million dollars per episode of her CBS sitcom.

Stars have to adhere to the party line or risk hurting their careers and fortunes. Most of them backpedal just like Kaley; standing up for what they truly believe is not worth the million an episode.

Would you call yourself a feminist for that kind of cash? How low would you go? For example, would you call yourself a “feminist boyfriend” in order to attract women?

Also read: 

The Plan to Take Back Feminism in 2015

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Life is already hard enough without making some complicated, difficult resolution that makes things harder, not easier. So my mundane resolution this year is to try and quit using coupons and those annoying “rewards” cards. The only reward I seem to rack up from these cards is a headache. In the past year, I have spent more time trying to accumulate points to get some free drink from Starbucks or a free meal at a restaurant than it would have taken to earn the money to pay for it, or better yet, I can just eat for less at home. Time to me is precious, accumulating rewards points is not. I hope I can achieve my goal and have more time to do other more exciting things, like blogging and writing.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution that can be easily achieved?

Prostitution Was Made Illegal — Is Porn Next?

December 28th, 2014 - 5:02 am

I was reading over the original discussion paper on “Are Pornography and Marriage substitutes for Young Men?” and saw an excerpt from the book Law’s Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters that caught my eye:

Friedman (2000) says, of prostitution:

Laws making sex outside of marriage illegal improve the bargaining position of women who want to get married, or stay married, or to maintain a strong bargaining position within marriage. Hence it is rational for women to support such laws. It may also be rational for at least some men to support them…A longer-term result of access to sex without marriage may be a partial breakdown of the institution of marriage. If, as seems to be the case, children brought up by two parents end up on average as better people, more valuable trading partners and fellow citizens, than children brought up by one, preserving the institution of marriage may be desirable for men as well as women.

The authors of the paper, Michael Malcolm and George Naufal, seem to agree that marriage is best for society and men better get off the porn sites and get engaged:

This speaks well to the dual purpose of our paper: extra-marital sexual opportunities can reduce marital formation and stability, and this is an important point for policymakers and for society at large since marital formation is generally regarded in a positive light.

So, marriage is all about what bargaining power women have and finding ways to get men married off to benefit society, women and children–and maybe get better “trading partners”? Seriously? There is no mention of the benefits to men directly, only how their participation will benefit others. So all men are to be sacrificed to the cause without thought to their rights, needs or desires? It’s no wonder they have turned to porn. Prostitution was made illegal — is porn next?

More from Dr. Helen: Is Pornography the Cause or the Effect of Men on Strike?‏

December 25th, 2014 - 4:47 am

Merry Christmas! Hope all my readers have a wonderful day.

Horrors!

December 24th, 2014 - 5:52 am

The Washington Post: “Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem”:

There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in this country. And it’s free pornography on the Internet…..

Another, albeit much less central issue, seems like it could be the proliferation of free pornography. Between 2009 and 2010, erotic content accounted for roughly 13 percent of all Internet searches, according to Forbes. In addition, a 2008 study found that nearly 90 percent of men think it’s acceptable. It might be time to dive a bit deeper into how the societal shift is influencing things happening beyond all the closed doors.

“Dive a bit deeper” or eventually set up laws to deny men access to pornography? It’s a slippery slope, one that needs watching and pushback on.

This is a question sent by a reader in response to a recent study saying that pornography is keeping men from marrying. From the Washington Examiner article on the topic:

Pornography is replacing the desire among young men for marriage, according to a new study that finds males are chasing “low-cost sexual gratification” on the web over a wife and family.

“Traditionally, one of the reasons to enter into a marriage was sexual gratification. But as options for sexual gratification outside of marriage have grown, the need for a marriage to serve this function is diminishing,” said the report.

The report published by Germany’s Institute for the Study of Labor and co-authored by a West Chester University of Pennsylvania professor suggested that the government crack down on porn access, especially as more and easier tools to tap into the Internet, such as smartphones, expand. Saving marriage, said the report, will help the economy and society….

Researchers analyzed data from 1,512 surveys completed by American men aged 18-35 between 2000-2004. What they found is that porn use makes marriage unappealing. The study is titled: “Are Pornography and Marriage Substitutes for Young Men?”

The researchers were interested in how declining marriage rates impact society and the economy. They said that “stable marriages create substantial welfare improvements for society, especially to the degree that marital stability produces high-quality children.”

I think that Vox Day answered this question quite well in my book a while back:

The “strike” theory is generally correct, I think. The problem is that games and porn are entertaining, inexpensive, easily accessible, and reliable. Women can be entertaining, but they’re expensive, inaccessible for most men, and from the male perspective, shockingly unreliable. I would say that porn has raised the bar somewhat—it’s bound to be seriously annoying when Little Miss Real Life won’t give head when Jane Pornstar is twice as hot and is cheerfully performing all sorts of acrobatic stunts. And if you think about it, is a real woman who is average and only wants to have missionary-style sex once a week, minus a week for her period, actually any better than a wide variety of gorgeous porn stars catering to every bizarre fetish the Japanese can imagine and available on demand? It’s not quite so clear once you put it in those terms. The biggest communication problem is that most women see “relationship” as a positive thing. Most men see it as an ambiguous thing. So, when the selling point of Little Miss Real Life over Jane Pornstar is “relationship,” you can see where it’s not going to be very appealing. I don’t think there’s much of a “fuck you” element, though. The guys who think that way tend to be the players, particularly the Sigma players. A lot of the guys who opt out aren’t particularly angry at women, they just don’t see much point to pursuing involvement with them.

So, to answer the reader’s question — is pornography the cause or the effect of men on strike? — I would have to lean towards the latter, that is: porn and video games and other avenues are where men go to retreat and find satisfaction from a society and culture of women and their supporters who tell straight men that they are no good, pathetic, unable to measure up and might even be rapists.

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Interesting Stuff Around the Web

December 18th, 2014 - 10:55 am

NPR: Death Comes In Many Different Ways. And Some Are A Bit Surprising:

We’re living longer.

And cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases aren’t taking quite as much of a toll as they did a couple of decades ago.

But that doesn’t mean we’re immortal.

Road accidents, suicide, chronic kidney disease, alcohol-related diseases … these are a few of topics to discuss after looking at a new country-by-country analysis of causes of death by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington….

The report also notes that women are living longer than men, and the gap in death rates for men and women in the 20-44 age bracket is widening.

One of the big drivers is men in the countries of the former Soviet Union. There’s a big increase in the death rate [in that bracket] in Eastern Europe and alcohol is likely a part of it.