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Update: women on top of men

27 October 2009

This is an update to the FM series about women in America.  Links to previous chapters appear at the end.

  1. The Shriver Report, Center for American Progress, October 2009 — “A Women’s Nation Changes Everything”
  2. The myth that schools shortchanged girls“, Judith Kleinfeld (Prof Psychology, U Alaska), Men’s Insight Magazine, 1998

Excerpts

(1)  The Shriver Report, Center for American Progress, October 2009 — “A Women’s Nation Changes Everything” — From the opening by Maria Shriver:

Women say they feel increasingly isolated, invisible, stressed, and misunderstood.

Yes, Ms. Shriver.  So do men.  From the Executive Summary, about the “new normal”:

This report describes how a woman’s nation changes everything about how we live and work today. Now for the first time in our nation’s history, women are half of all U.S. workers and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. This is a dramatic shift from just a generation ago (in 1967 women made up only one-third of all workers). It changes how women spend their days and has a ripple effect that reverberates throughout our nation. It fundamentally changes how we all work and live, not just women but also their families, their co-workers, their bosses, their faith institutions, and their communities.

Quite simply, women as half of all workers changes everything.

(2)  The myth that schools shortchanged girls“, Judith Kleinfeld (Prof Psychology, U Alaska), Men’s Insight Magazine, 1998 — Excerpt:

Women’s advocacy groups have waged an intense media campaign to promote the idea that the “schools shortchange girls. ” Their goal is to intensify the image of women as “victims” deserving special treatment and policy attention. Their sophisticated public relations campaign has succeeded. The idea that girls are victimized by the schools has become the common wisdom, what educated people just assume to be true.

But the idea that the “schools shortchange girls” is wrong and dangerously wrong. It is girls who get higher grades in school, who do better than boys on standardized tests of reading and writing, and who get higher class rank and more school honors. It is young women who enter and graduate from college far more frequently than young men. It is women who have made dramatic progress in obtaining professional, business, and doctoral degrees. The great gender gap of the 1960s in advanced degrees has almost closed, especially in the professional fields to which ambitious women aspire. In the view of elementary and high school students, the young people who sit in the classroom year after year and observe what is going on, both boys and girls agree: Schools favor girls. Teacher think girls are smarter, like being around them more, and hold higher expectations for them.

… The myth that the schools shortchange girls is dangerously wrong because it has diverted policy attention from the group at genuine educational risk‹African-American boys. This is the group that scores lowest on virtually every educational measure. This is the group where an enormous gap does exist between males and females. But the African American gender gap favors females, who are pulling far ahead of males in college graduation rates and in obtaining professional degrees.

Where did the notion that the schools shortchange girls come from? And how do advocacy groups manage to convince people that it is girls who are victimized in the schools? What data do they use and what data do they ignore?

In this paper, I examine the charges made in a highly publicized report, How Schools Shortchange Girls, published by the American Association of University Women (1992). I show how the findings in this report are based on a selective review of the research and how findings contrary to the report’s message were suppressed. These contrary findings indeed appear in studies the AAUW itself commissioned, but the AAUW not only did not include these findings in their media kits but made the data difficult to obtain.

For more information from the FM site

  1. The Real Revolution in Military Affairs (it’s not what you think), 14 November 2005
  2. Women dominating the ranks of college graduates – What’s the effect on America?, 7 July 2009
  3. A better answer to “why women outperform men in college?”, 8 July 2009
  4. Women as soldiers – an update, 25 August 2009
  5. Yes, it is a “mancession”, with men losing more jobs than women. Just like all recessions., 5 October 2009

Afterword

Please share your comments by posting below. Per the FM site’s Comment Policy, please make them brief (250 word max), civil and relevant to this post. Or email me at fabmaximus at hotmail dot com (note the spam-protected spelling).

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. anna nicholas permalink
    27 October 2009 10:47 pm

    This is all a conspiracy by the Giant Lizards . First , metamorphose men into inert blobs . This is well underway . Second , dump the work on women , compliant enough to run round like ants .
    Until , exhausted , weary ,aching , they grab the chance to sit down and become blobs too .
    Now the robot engineers , military drones , automatic filling stations , automatic tills , programmed hydrophonic cabbage farms et al , can have their day .

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  2. Mikyo permalink
    28 October 2009 2:53 am

    Mom! There’s a giant lizard in the kitchen! MOM!!!!

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  3. senor tomas permalink
    28 October 2009 6:31 am

    “Quite simply, women as half of all workers changes everything.”

    It is killing daytime soap operas – because no one is home to watch them anymore.

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  4. Mikyo permalink
    28 October 2009 7:08 am

    I am WOMAN! Hear me KVETCH!

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  5. 28 October 2009 3:50 pm

    Gender role models are, at least, models. Folks need models to emulate, or to specificially avoid emulating.

    It’s a cliche, far more true than most feminists would want, that most very successful men have a wife, and most top women don’t. The loving, supportive, but subordinate role is not one that most men would be happy in, and it seems few top women find happiness in a relationship with such a man. But top people are better able to compete if they have such support at home.

    In school, the de facto goal seems to be to turn all men into guys who are equally disfunctional as the black male students. As that is occurring, more folk are questioning whether it’s really such a good thing — and it ain’t.
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    Fabius Maximus replies: I agree. What are the consequences? I’ve seen no analysis. The history of family disintergration in the nordic nations, Japan, and Russia should give us some clues. Looking at that list, however, I cannot imagine what they might be.

    “most very successful men have a wife, and most top women don’t.”

    Do most successful women want a “wife”? Or are they like Jane Fonda , preferring an alpha male? (other examples: most A-list actresses)

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  6. billy-bob permalink
    29 October 2009 3:59 am

    >Do most successful women want a “wife”? Or are they like Jane Fonda , preferring an alpha male? (other examples: most A-list actresses)

    Case in point, didn’t Angelina Jolie make Brad Pit into her “bitch”?
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    Fabius Maximus replies: If so, very disillusioning.

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  7. John Derbyshire explains that sexual harassment is not a "real thing" permalink
    24 December 2011 1:05 am

    News from the fact-free, delusionals required conservative world.

    First Thing We Do . . .“, John Derbyshire, National Review Online, 2 November 2011:

    Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s all a lawyers’ ramp, like “racial discrimination“? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up. Is this any way to live?

    Kurt Schlichter, who works on these cases, spills the beans in America’s Newspaper of Record this morning.

    When you consider that, more than a decade ago, Herman Cain settled some unspecified sexual-harassment claims, you also need to consider that the only things you need to file a lawsuit are the filing fee and a printer. Facts are optional.

    There has never in the history of the world been a people better mannered and less inclined to insulting acts of prejudice than today’s Americans, yet we’re supposed to believe that the nation is seething with “harassment” and “discrimination,” women being groped in every business office and crosses burning on every lawn. For Heaven’s sake. Aren’t there any grown-ups around?

    Derbyshire’s reference to America’s Newspaper of Record” is “Facts are optional – How sex-harass suits work” by Kurt Schlichter, New York Post, 2 November 2011 — Opening:

    When you consider that, more than a decade ago, Herman Cain settled some unspecified sexual-harassment claims, you also need to consider that the only things you need to file a lawsuit are the filing fee and a printer. Facts are optional.

    Maybe Cain did harass some employees. But the dirty little secret among lawyers that defend business people from lawsuits — and among those lawyers who bring them — is that an enormous percentage of such claims are frivolous, if not flat-out lies.

    Concepts like “truth” and “justice” have little meaning in the world of big-money litigation. Thanks to ravenous plaintiffs’ lawyers empowered by the politicians they buy with campaign contributions, every business person is in the crosshairs.

    Lawsuits are so expensive to defend that it makes good business sense to settle even the most frivolous cases. And businesses do.

    TV and movies would have you believe that most lawsuits end up with a jury hearing the evidence and rendering a verdict. That almost never happens. Close to 97 percent of civil cases never see a courtroom. The vast majority settle, with the business paying good money to end the nightmare — money that could have gone to hiring struggling young people, buying new equipment or expanding.

    And, as Herman Cain has learned, you never really can buy your peace. The accusers apparently signed nondisclosure agreements so that Cain and his company could put the accusations behind them. A lot of good that did. Whether it was the accusers or others who revealed the claims, the effort to buy peace now looks like wasted money.

    In the world of sexual-harassment law, the accusations are bad enough. You’re guilty until proven innocent. The law is skewed toward the plaintiffs — it’s hard to get even the silliest charges tossed out, and even then it often costs upward of six figures to do so. …

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