Double Standards

If men and women are truly equal why should the following exist?

 

Men comprise at least 75% of the suicides. No one knows why. According to a Washington Post article the director of the American Association for Suicidology states that there is no research money available to find out why, only money for women and girls.

Men comprise 93% of the workplace related deaths.

Research shows that men comprise at least a third of those injured in domestic violence and yet the only services available for victims of domestic violence are for women and children.

Men comprise 75% of those who are murdered and yet there is no Violence Against Men Act.

Being male is the largest biasing factor in the criminal Justice system. According to an article in the L.A.Daily News (a daily newspaper in Los Angeles, California, USA covering law news.) “Research clearly demonstrates that gender is the most significant biasing factor in determining whether or not someone will be charged, prosecuted, indicted and sentenced, as well as determining the severity of the sentence.” It is a larger bias factor than race, class, or religion.

Men die from every major cause of death earlier than women and have a lifespan that is on average 5 years shorter and yet we have five national commissions for women’s health and none for men. We spend twice as much money on women’s health as we do on men’s.

Female circumcision is against the law drawing large fines and jail time while male circumcision (a comparitively similar procedure) is the most popular surgical procedure in the United States.

Why was it oppression when college enrollment favored males but when enrollment now favors women it is considered empowerment?

When a cruise ship was sinking recently in the Mediterranean women and children were directed to be first on the lifeboats. Men’s roles haven’t changed since the Titanic. Women and children first is not what I would call equal.

 

 

More Questions

Why do women have the choice between abortion, adoption, dropping an unwanted baby off at a hospital, raising the child with a father, or raising the child without a father, but the only choice men have is to agree?

Why is it funny when a woman kicks a man in the groin but terrible if a man did the same to a woman?

Why is it sexist to have clubs for only men but empowering to have them for only women?

Why do men that don’t pay child support go to prison but nothing ever happens to women that don’t allow visitation?

Why is a female marathon runner considered the winner when she doesn’t have the fastest time?

If we are truly equal why do we have red tee’s?

Why are television moms always portrayed as wonderful and loving and television dads normally portrayed as inept buffoons?

Why is it politically incorrect to say anything negative about women but funny to put men down?

Why are women without a job considered to be exercising free choice but men without a job considered a bum?

Why is it that when a woman accuses a man of rape, the man’s name is made public and he is presumed guilty, but when he is proven innocent the woman remains anonymous and the man is still ruined?

 

Double Binds

A man who emotes openly and pubically is called a wimp while a man who doesn’t show emotion is called cold and unfeeling.

 

Men in today’s culture are at risk. There are obvious double standards and stereotyping but they often go unseen since much of the population

 

Stereotypes

How many of the stereotypes below have you heard applied to men? Some of these have quotes from prominent feminist women.

Men are:

Rapists

“All men are rapists and that’s all they are.”
Marilyn French, Author; (later, advisor to Al Gore’s Presidential Campaign.)

Violent

“Men are rapists, batterers, plunderers, killers; these same men are religious prophets, poets, heroes, figures of romance, adventure, accomplishment, figures ennobled by tragedy and defeat.”
Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women

“We live, I am trying to say, in an epidemic of male violence against women.”
Katha Pollitt.

Worthless

“I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.”
Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor.

“Women have their faults / men have only two: / everything they say / everything they do.”
Popular Feminist Graffiti

Unemotional/Insensitive/Cold

“I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He’s just incapable of it.”
Former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Immoral

“To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he’s a machine, a walking dildo.”
Scum Manifesto. (Valerie Solanas)

Controlling

“All patriarchists exalt the home and family as sacred, demanding it remain inviolate from prying eyes. Men want privacy for their violations of women… All women learn in childhood that women as a sex are men’s prey.”
Marilyn French

 

Others

Among the many other stereotypes of men we can include:

Unable to comitt

Focused only on success/money/sex

Overly rational

Coarse