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Is misogyny real? The present is female

Misogyny is a myth, argues John Tierney in City Journal. It's not just that "the future is female." The present is too. In the past, women faced outright discrimination, but those barriers fell at least 40 years ago, he writes.

Barbie rules, Ken is "just Ken" in the new "Barbie" movie.

For decades, research has shown a “women-are-wonderful effect,” he writes. Both sexes rate women more positively for intelligence as well as competence.


In a new study, participants were asked to react quickly to photos of men and women of different races and ages. There was no "implicit bias" by race or age. "Only one strong and consistent bias emerged," writes Tierney. "Participants in every category — men and women of all races, ages, and social classes — were quicker to associate positive attributes with women and negative attributes with men."


Girls rule in the classroom. "Women have been a majority of college graduates since 1982," he notes. Females outperform males from kindergarten through graduation school, except in a few science and tech fields. Some colleges now lower admissions standards for males "because many women are loath to attend a college if the gender ratio is too skewed."


What about pay?

. . . a full-time female worker over 25 in America earns 84 cents for every dollar a male earns, but even equalitarian researchers acknowledge that this gap is not due to overt sexual discrimination (illegal since the Equal Pay Act of 1963). It’s due mainly to men choosing higher-paying professions, like coding, instead of, say, teaching, and to the “motherhood penalty.”

Childless singles in their twenties, male and female, earn about the same, he writes. "Once they become parents, mothers tend to reduce their hours, switch to a lower-paying job with more flexibility, or drop out of the workforce."


I remember writing about this 30 years ago. Married women work and earn less than single women because they are prioritizing their family, and have a husband to help pay the bills. Married men work more and earn more than single men, because they're supporting a family.


Most mothers don't want to work full-time when their children are young, if they can afford not to.


"On average, women care more about 'work-life balance' and finding a job that seems personally and socially meaningful — typically, one in a comfortable environment that involves working with people rather than things," writes Tierney. "Men prioritize making money, so they’re willing to take less appealing jobs — work that’s tedious, outdoors, dirty, dangerous — with longer, less predictable hours." Among graduates of elite business schools, "male MBAs are likelier to take jobs in finance and consulting, whereas the women tend to choose lower-paying industries that are less competitive and less risky."


Tierney offers a fun fact about Uber drivers. A gender-blind algorithm assigns trips. "Riders of both sexes give the same rating, on average, to male and female drivers, and both sexes give bigger tips to the female drivers," research shows. Yet male drivers earn 7 percent more per hour.


The main reason: Men drive faster. They complete more trips per hour.


The “competition gap” shows up in activities where brawn is irrelevant, he writes. Most bridge players are women. Nearly all bridge champions are men. Women outnumber men at Scrabble tournaments, but "the 25 highest-ranked Scrabble players in North America are all men, and only five women rank in the top 100."


Boys might do better in school if they had more chances to compete.

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Richard Rider
Richard Rider
Sep 14, 2023

Roughly 140 women graduate from college for every 100 men. Yet until recently there were 100 government programs to assist women ONLY to first get into college and be successful once there. You simply cannot guess too low how many "men only" government programs there were. That's right -- ZERO. Only recently have lawsuits been successfully threatened or filed against this widespread official government discrimination policy.

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Steve Sherman
Steve Sherman
Sep 11, 2023

Calling men misogynyst is like playing the race card -


#1 - It usually works and is generally irrefutable


#2 - It's accusations usually are accepted with little or no proof - and denial is an obvious sign of misogyny


33 - Other women like to see accusations because it usually tars the accuser and the accused with the same brush


Hey - it's all good!

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Guest
Sep 11, 2023
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How many strip clubs featuring young women exist in the U.S. versus who many male dancer clubs. Men have always been closer to treating women as second class people.

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Guest
Sep 11, 2023

Those programs no longer want low achieving males that will need to be weeded out. Such weedout programs cause the university to have a lower six year graduation rate. These days, universities have fire walls to keep out underachieving males from engineering, technology, or businesses degrees.


And writing about the good old days when males were the majority of college students is pointless. Go read Richard Reeves and see how males underachieve every step of the way from not dropping out of high school, to graduating high school, to even starting college, etc. And one may want to ask what full time job an 18/19 y/o can get in 2023 so that males can stay on the success track?

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Guest
Sep 12, 2023
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There is no place in the U.S. where a 19 y/o male with a high school degree is getting a full time government job unless they go through the police academy or the fire academy. Please provide a cite to back up the claim. Citing something from decades ago does not count. And there is no more civil service exams. Look it up.

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Guest
Sep 10, 2023

I love to destroy that 'women get 84 cents for every dollar a many makes myth" in my economics classes every year.

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Guest
Sep 10, 2023

Watch a couple of hours of network TV. You will be soaked in sitcoms where the male figure is a dolt, an idiot or hopeless nerd. If you manage to catch a recent superhero movie, it will have a female protagonist. If it's cop shows, the officers will be women. Catch a news magazine show and it will be about the wonderful achievements of women. Two thirds of the commercials will show women as single parents, usually raising only girls. I saw a commercial the other day showing three ways our young people can succeed: as athletes, as artists and as engineers. All three tracks showed short vignettes of girls making good and getting awards. No boys need apply.


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