Monday, April 5, 2010

A whirl around the wacky, wonderful world of misandry

Society's systematic mistreatment of victims of false rape claims is symptomatic of a pervasive misandry, as most of us know.  It is well to remind ourselves that misandry rears its ugly head in multiple aspects of our lives:

The Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center in South Carolina averages about 400 inmates, and "child support inmates usually make up half or more of the total population."  The jail has been cited for housing sentenced and pre-trial inmates together, and now inmates are complaining of inhumane treatment.  Read about it here. (Why do men land in jail for owing child support? We've made the point that with an intact family, when dad hits on tough financial times, the family collectively tightens it belt and cuts back. When dad is unilaterally kicked out of the family by mom, and dad hits tough financial times, mom and the kids do not tighten their belts -- dad either comes up with the money he owes -- or he goes to jail, where he can be treated like an animal.)

European nations are starting to mandate a minimum percentage of women on the boards of major corporations. But "firms perform worse as the proportion of women on the board increases."  Read about it here.

Young people will pay a lot more for health insurance -- 17 percent.  Guess which group of young people will be hit hardest?  "'Young males will be hit the hardest,' [actuary Jim] O'Connor says, because they have lower health care costs than young females and older people who go to doctors more often and use more medical services."

Colorado just passed a law that bans providers of individual health insurance policies from charging different rates to men and women for identical products, even though the cost of health care tends to be higher for women.  Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, tried to make a point about gender discrimination when he unsuccessfully attempted to add an amendment to ban the common practice of auto insurance companies charging more to young male drivers than to females.  (Forcing the individual members of a class to bear a disproportionate burden vis a vis other classes, merely because they belong to that class, is illegal -- unless the class at issue is young males.  We envision this scenario: a safe driving young man pays much more for auto insurance than his more reckless sister; he is drafted while his sister sits home; he is falsely accused of raping a woman who is not punished for her lie so as not to discourage women from "coming forward"; and then he commits suicide because disproportionate federal and private monies were going to fight breast cancer instead of solving the male suicide epidemic.)

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine, author of The Male Brain, told TIME that the biggest misunderstanding of what drives the opposite sex is this: "I think the biggest is that all men want is sex. The equivalent for women is that we are all emotional, and all we want is commitment."  Read it here.

The Washington Post reported on the upcoming gathering of academicians drawn from a range of disciplines that will meet on April 7, 2010, at Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, to examine the declining state of the male.  But the very first comment under the story was predictable: "You've got be kidding me. Really? REALLY? The declining state of the MALE? Cataclycismic changes??? Yikes. Umm women are still working on trying to get social, legal, emotional and professional equality.  Here's just a taste: According to Business Week only 5% of CEO positions worldwide... are occupied by women. In government the situation is a little better, on average about 19% of parliamentary seats are held by women worldwide. Still, there are countries that continue to deny their female population the right to vote.  Read or watch Sigh - I'm actually a bit upset that the Post even honored this symposium with online availability."

After years of hearing women complain about incompetent fathering comes the truth: "[M]others who thought their partners were competent caregivers, the more time those fathers spent alone with their children, the lower the mother's self-competence rating was."  Go figure.

Under the heading "be careful what you wish for," is this:  Elaine Joyce, a champion amateur golfer, made a federal case of being barred from playing in a men’s tournament at a public golf course.  Now, the United States District Court in Boston has ruled that a municipality and its public golf course were liable under federal equal-protection laws if they engaged in sex discrimination through policy, conduct or custom. The "ruling sent a strong message to the overseers of public golf courses. In effect, it said that government-financed tournaments should allow women to play with men at men’s tournaments and vice versa." (Emphasis added.)  (Let's watch for the "vice versa" part.)

A groom-to-be writes to Dear Prudence at complaining about the engagement ring thing. Among other things, he asks: "If we are equal partners, what is she buying me?"  With impeccable logic and persuassion, Prudence responds:  "Oh, come on."

And finally, on point for our blog: The KU Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (KUFMLA) at  Kutztown U is sponsoring events to "promote equal rights" -- but all of these events give support for women only. They sponsor the misandric “Vagina Monologues” to raise money for local domestic violence shelters, such as Berks Women in Crisis.  (The Berks center, of course, accepts only "women and children."  They also sponsor “Take Back The Night,” an open-mic night for women (and, again, women only), who (supposedly) have been abused to tell their story. And they sponsor the Clothesline Project, where supposed rape victims can display their personalized shirts telling of their alleged abuse. “We’re not crazy, bra-burning, man-hating über-lesbians,” said KUFMLA President Caitlin Smith.  The story makes sure to add: "Males can be feminists and are welcomed to join."  Gee, thanks.

I could go on and on, but that's all I can stomach for now.