Even non-feminist arguments about male decline draw back from showing how feminist policies hobble men
Another brilliant article by Janice - truth telling at its very best.
I think the biggest problem with fighting these things is that so many men go along with feminist notions, as you often see in comments on Twitter or other websites. Somehow or another this seems to make them feel virtuous. Until it affects them personally, they're quite happy to do other men down to gain favour from women.
In the UK education was skewed to favour women. Academic results used to be based on examinations, but this was shifted to include more coursework. Female pupils fared better on coursework, and boys fared better on examinations. The assessment shift from purely examination based to coursework based changed the proportion of male and female results.
Child support, divorce laws, and so many other things are such a minefield, because people always bring up the most extreme cases in the discussions.
Let's sum this up: Men in decline... women more affected.
Sounds like another Richard Reeves. He acknowledges the problem, which is good, but seems utterly incapable of thinking outside of the feminist orthodoxy.
Feminists have not been given due credit for providing the foundation for the radical gender movement that is now official school policy and the consequent grooming of children for LGBTQ2S++ membership. Feminist denial of biological differences between males and females and their many fold reflections in biologically-based gender differences lays the groundwork for belief in the possibility of "transition." Remember the feminist claim that gender is "socially constructed"? Feminists have a lot to answer for in the destruction of Western culture and its replacement by nihilist lunacy.
Outstanding, Janice, as always - thanks!
JUSTICE FOR MEN & BOYS
Brilliant, as usual.
Full disclosure, I'm more than a little inebriated.
"Unpaid labor?" WTF? As a man who has been single my entire life I have always performed ALL of my domestic chores with no remuneration whatsoever. So, obviously, it peeves me more than just a little that a housewife who BY LAW is entitled to at least half of her husband's assets can claim that she is UNPAID because she performs domestic chores.
Marriage is a partnership, right? If a man makes $100,000 a year as a truck driver working up to sixty hours a week then his wife gets $50,000 of that doing shit that she WOULD BE DOING ANYWAY IF SHE WASN'T MARRIED! Her husband is almost never home so the majority of the messes she's cleaning up are her own. Furthermore, I can just about GUARANTEE you that the husband is still the one mowing the lawn, maintaining the machines, taking out the garbage, etc. Who is paying HIM for that?
I can barely believe that, as much as I've immersed myself in men's rights issues over the past decade or so, I've never seen anyone bring up the 'marriage as a legal partnership' issue when discussing things like the pay gap. If a man makes $200,000 a year and his wife stays home and plays with the kids, shops, watched soap operas, and supervises the domestic servants then they BOTH MAKE $100,000 A YEAR! What could possibly be a clearer refutation of the 'unpaid labor' argument?
'The Future is Female'.
That slogan is, sadly, out of date as it has been female for some time. And it will get more female. If I printed those T-shirts with this slogan the reverse side would say '...and it's a bankrupt, disfunctional shithole.'
Men just aren't opting out of education but also the industries and jobs we all rely on. If you take an average working age between 18 and 65 you get 41.5. Do you know the average age of a truck driver? 55!. This is an old man's job. I heard for welders it is 45. I'd be interested the average ages in other vital industries such as mining, forestry, farming, oil and gas extraction, electrical grid and water maintenance. The 'supply chain crises' caused by the lack of truckers hasn't gone away. The war in Ukraine has just distracted from it. Covid didn't help. It's difficult to un-pick just what modern hardships are caused by what disaster so its unlikely there will be any clear analysis on these problems. When the war in Ukraine ends and Covid is so distant that it can't really be blamed we will still be left with a man shortage. It will be difficult to ignore then.
Around 6 months ago in the UK there were some statistics released about the number of people over 55 who have recently taken early retirement. This is a huge chunk out of the treasury's revenue. So much so that that the government is urging businesses to find way to encourage older people back to work. I didn't see a breakdown on how many of these retirees were men. Again, I'd like to know. All western countries are bankrolled on the backs of men. We pay the majority of taxes and get the least in payouts. Woman are a net negative to the economy. Hard times ahead.
I’ve did well in high school, but attended university in the wrong generation.
The Big Red wave of feminism was purely cancel culture and trying to get as many young men suspended or expelled from campus using false accusations.
About 10 years later, I have no Bachelor’s degree, owe about $35000 in student loans and have no intention of paying it back. Good thing we have student repayment assistance in Canada.
I don’t see myself earning more than $40,000 a year because I don’t have a degree. Blame Big Red and the feminism on campus.
Richard Hanania interviewed Amy Wax a few months ago and they were discussing “why women’s tears win in the marketplace” (he wrote an article with this title). Wax said that regardless of the evils of feminism, men were ultimately to blame for giving in.
I wrote this line several weeks ago in response to another of your illuminating articles…
‘The MGTOW movement didn’t develop in a vacuum did it?’
I just got this reply over the weekend!
"The MGTOW movement didn’t arise in a vacuum did it!" MGTOW is a good idea but they need to channel their energy (if they have any) into doing real world practical work for boys. Such as foster parenting, adopting, working with homeless and troubled youth and building intentional communities/communes. Or joining monasteries. As it is now all they do is sit online complaining all day instead of helping their own.
And the respondent is absolutely right!
Men can’t just sit around and whine about this bullshit. If they feel threatened by it get off your ass and do something about it. I get and have seen in operation the effects of ‘cancel culture’ or the weight negative social media can be brought to bear but retired or non-vulnerable men can have an influence and need to exercise that strength both with deeds and with actions. Start by exulting the virtues of manhood to your Grandchildren and reading stories of the old Heroes to them. Make them feel as special about themselves as they are to you!
I hate to say it, but Putin, the voice of authoritarianism and autocracy, is correct when he says that in the U.S. (and the West in general) we are devouring each other. Our denigration of men and male values is a big part of that and will ultimately defeat us. And, the Putins of the world won't have to drop a bomb or even lift a finger for that matter.
"Women are most affected by war. They lose their husbands, they lose their brothers, they lose their sons..."
- Hillary Clinton
Great stuff! I see feminism as a tentacle of a much larger octopus of social isolation and psychic confusion. The whole octopus includes us and our buy-in, our complicity and voicelessness. Standing up to it becomes a call to loving arms, Strength in the arm and honey in the heart as my friend says!
Feminism for equality is fine.
The trouble with the extreme version is that it has all the hallmarks of NAZI ideology.
Mostly single minded, generalised extremes, even threats, and revenge, against anyone that dares to engage in a fair manner .
Once again Janice, your analysis is unerring and irrefutable. The discomfort, the lie, is palpable. I was particularly struck by your reference to contraceptives. They are now "free" in any drugstore, courtesy of the taxpayer. That is bizarre, blatant social engineering, a band-aid on a wound that won't heal.