The Doctrinaire Institute For Women’s Policy Research: A Comprehensive Look at Gender Equality

The comment I wrote was apparently too long for wordpress, so I am going to comment on my own blog.

My "Male Side" To Gender Issues. Member of the National Coalition For Men (NCFM.org/ncfm-home/) Since 1985.

FOREWORD

Overthe past four decades, the media, which are supposed to objectively reflect all views, have overwhelmingly reflected ideological feminists’ views on gender issues and the male-female dynamic. (For a detailed look at the reasons, see Warren Farrell’s Why Men Earn More, a book so shocking that I suspect most pay-equity feminists refuse to read it.) The effect of this long-running lack of objectivity is, I think, to create in our collective mind an entrenched and immutable perception that no other view is possible and that gender issues and the male-female dynamic as portrayed by these feminists are not foolhardy concepts but widely accepted fact that is completely beyond dispute.

SteinemGloria Gloria Steinem seems to say, “You’re wrong. No more discussion.” Source: Kentucky.com

Thus, the ordinary woman — even the woman who is staunchly not a feminist — can hardly be blamed for believing she is taken advantage of…

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One thought on “The Doctrinaire Institute For Women’s Policy Research: A Comprehensive Look at Gender Equality

  1. “Such successful feminist women, while condemning the gender wage gap with words, reinforce it with behavior.”
    Yes. It would almost seem that Steinem et al were deliberately flaunting their “alpha female” status in front of our eyes or to show that their thoughts/behavior are actually “traditionally” rewarding to women. I’d like to interview their husbands privately to see just how “traditionally” rewarded the husbands are or whether they’re getting their “traditional” rewards from other quarters.

    “I have a saying that explains why successful women have become attractive to men: Today’s possibility is tomorrow’s expectation.”
    It certainly was the expectation in my purview, growing up in the 70’s. I don’t think enough has been written about men who enforce the feminist narrative because they find being a provider themselves burdensome. Of course, it’s a feedback loop–the more men are burned the more they desire to be the one doing the burning if they have no character about it. I’m not picking on men, I certainly do not want to be a narcissist myself but I think that a lot of victims of narcissists–of both genders–decide if they can’t beat ’em join ’em with their victims being whoever is available and vulnerable. Feminism would seem to fan that feedback loop in both directions.

    “A root cause of the sexes’ earnings gap, obviously, has been men’s willingness to support a woman who earns low or no wages…” Until I met my guy, I had no life experience with such men. Perhaps, that’s because I didn’t have “low wages” until now. By the way, I do not feel that I was discriminated against in my prior earnings. Rather, I was one of those women who was promoted because it was profitable to do so (small companies) rather than any “affirmative action” or incentive.

    I have come to believe that there are lots of couples who “live a lie,” that is, pretending that the husband is the primary earner when in fact he isn’t. I suspect that there are a lot of dysfunctional people repeating dysfunctional familial patterns. My father hardly worked, himself, so that might account for my selection bias. Steinem herself writes about the golddiger myth. I suspect that divorce and child support are the primary methods of men’s earning power being transferred to women rather than marriage or inheritance today, hence the popularity of the former. Of course the major beneficiaries are attorneys and the legal system.

    “Think Bill Gates. He became a billionaire after working hard for nearly 20 years. His wife Melinda became a billionaire overnight”
    This fairy tale narrative turns out not be true. However myths like these are constantly being trotted out by media to reinforce The Cinderella Story. The reality is, few women marry so far “up” as to be out of their class, and that includes the Gateses who are both old money. That’s not to say that Bill didn’t “work hard,” only that his story is not “rags to riches” even if he with characteristic false modesty calls his roots “upper-middle-class.” From Wikipedia: “Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, in an upper-middle-class family, the son of William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. His ancestral origin includes English, German, and Scots-Irish. His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates’s maternal grandfather was JW Maxwell, a national bank president.”

    It is too bad that Bill’s mother had so few opportunities as a woman that she was forced to settle for serving on two major boards. /sarcasm

    Melinda (from Wikipedia): “Gates was born in 1964 in Dallas, Texas. She was the second of four children born to Raymond Joseph French Jr., an engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. She has an older sister and two younger brothers.[4] Gates, a Roman Catholic,[5][6] attended St. Monica Catholic School,[7][8] where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. Gates earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter, at Duke University.”

    That’s quite a tuition expenditure for a supposed “ordinary woman.” She wasn’t.

    So much of feminism is a distraction from class that I might even suspect that is its whole purpose.

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