Is American Life Really Slanted in Favor of Women Over Men?
It would be hard to argue that, one hundred years ago when women couldn't vote or hold the same careers as men, our society wasn't tilted against the fairer sex. However, those days are long dead and gone, and women have largely achieved the sort of parity with men that the feminists of the sixties were demanding. In fact, we've gone beyond that point now and what we're finding is that many women want to have it both ways. They want to be thought of as just as strong, tough, and capable as men while simultaneously demanding all sorts of special protection. In fact, it's considered bad form to even suggest that men aren't privileged and that, yes, in some cases, women are the ones who have an advantage because of their gender. We're not even supposed to ask the most basic questions about the terrible trials women supposedly face because of their sex.
For example, it's fine to complain that women earn 76 cents for every dollar that men earn, but any reasonable person should agree that's not sufficient to show that there's a problem. To prove there's a real imbalance, you need to ask tough questions. Are women working the same long hours that men do week in and week out? Why should the woman who only works 40 hours so she can have a "balanced" life make as much as the man putting in 60 hour weeks to get ahead? Along similar lines, if a woman takes three months off to be with her child after she has a baby, while a man whose wife has a child just takes a weekend, isn't he more dedicated to his job and thus more worthy of a promotion? What about a female secretary and a male coal miner with the same skill level? Even if their education and level of ability are the same, shouldn't the one doing the dirty, dangerous, unpleasant job make more money? Moreover, from a common-sense perspective, if you could actually get by with paying women 76 cents on the dollar to do the same work that men do, wouldn't all-female firms dominate every field because of the reduced overhead? You don't hear people who complain about women making less discuss relevant questions like these because when you compare apples to apples, that pay gap disappears. That's why on average you find that a never-married, college-educated woman actually makes more than a never-married, college-educated man.