Wendy McElroy argues in this excellent piece that equality of access is what all anti-discrimination programs should be about, and not about equality of outcomes. She argues that if the barriers to running for public office are the same for men and women, then there is no discrimination against women, even though in such an election, far fewer women may be elected to public office.
She gives an example of how, under the guidance of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, the UN Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women was implemented in Kosovo, so as to insist that every third candidate running for office was a woman. The Convention justifies this by arguing that to achieve similar outcomes (notice that this is no longer about access) men and women can be treated differently (which now becomes an euphemism for discriminating against men).
To steal a line from her article:
But, as the notoriously corrupt 19th century politician, Boss Tweed once declared, “I don’t care who does the electing just so long as I do the nominating.”
Bill Maher on Politically Incorrect. Also on the panel are Michael Moore and Christina Hoff Sommers.
Event information: Women have achieved or exceeded parity with men in most academic fields yet continue to be outnumbered in the physical sciences, engineering, and math. Is the dearth of women scientists the result of gender bias? Or is it the result of different interests, life circumstances, and cognitive strengths? At a time when Congress, the Obama administration, and many science and education leaders are considering dramatic and far-reaching measures to overcome a perceived bias and improve women’s prospects in the sciences, Christina Hoff Sommers and her coauthors—both scientists and philosophers—weigh in on this critical discussion in the newly published volume The Science on Women and Science (AEI Press, 2009).
Barbara Kay talks about institutional feminism and misandry.
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A little about me, and why I am starting this blog.
I grew up in a feminist world, believing in the noble ideals that men and women are equals, but because of their biology, different. I learned about how women fought for the right to vote, when that right was held solely by men. About how Mothers Against Drunk Driving was such a positive force behind the strict laws against intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle. And I grew up consuming, without questioning, incredibly disturbing statistics about how frequently men rape women, the wage gap, and other manifestations of female victimhood. And I grew up to believe that women were inherently better than men.
And somewhere along the line, I realized that if women were better than men, they weren’t equals at all. And something snapped: when did the egalitarian version of feminism that I espoused growing up transform into an ideology of gender superiority?
This blog is, primarily, an effort at self education. I hope, through effort of maintaining this blog, to collect as much information as I can about these gender issues, and to learn to spot the narrative of female victimhood when I see it, and to find statistics, when I can, that supports that narrative, and when I cannot, to question that narrative. I also hope that this blog will become a repository of the research and views of others who have been interested in the same questions.