September 5, 2020

WEIRD, FEMINISM HAS MARCHED FROM VICTORY TO VICTORY AND WOMEN ARE UNHAPPIER THAN EVER: Antidepressant use rising in U.S., mostly in women, CDC says.

Flashback: “By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well‐being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women’s declining relative well‐being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well‐being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well‐being than did men.”

Related: “Wherever I go to speak, whether it’s Brazil or Italy or Norway, I find that upper-middle-class professional women are very unhappy. This is a global problem!”

Maybe we’ve confused giving feminists what they want, with giving women what they want. Outspoken feminists are a neurotic minority of women, and what makes them happy — to the extent anything does — may not make women in general happy.

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