The Named Anonymous

September 21, 2014 1:44 am 1:43 am

planetfucker:

"90% of rapes go unreported"

that seems awfully statistical for unreported data.

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12:58 am
bootyghost:

m-l-t:

aboutwhitewomen:

m-l-t:

aboutwhitewomen:

vicemag:

That women are pressured to be hairless, and men can do what they want and no one cares, is neither morally nor logically defensible. 

If you think that men can “do what they want” try coming to job interview (or to a job) unshaven. Heck, the word “unshaven” itself is demonstrative of how deeply normalized shaving is for men. Last I checked, women aren’t getting fired for not shaving their precious pubic hair.

I’ve seen guys being ridiculed for shaving their legs, despite being on the swim team
but yeah I can totally see why a bunch of self-absorbed women would be oblivious to anything that doesn’t directly affect them

But it’s not just women, I reblogged this from a dude and the original story was written by one. Maybe they just never had to hold down a regular job.Personally, I got a lot of flak at some of my jobs whenever I showed up unshaven, or wanted to grow a short beard.

I had long hair that I cut short before applying for a job. I’m kind of confused how men could be oblivious to this. Maybe when your job is writing articles for Vice.

wow really vice? honestly no one cares if a woman doesn’t shave unless they’re flaunting it
and idg the first picture like do people have hair there?

bootyghost:

m-l-t:

aboutwhitewomen:

m-l-t:

aboutwhitewomen:

vicemag:

That women are pressured to be hairless, and men can do what they want and no one cares, is neither morally nor logically defensible. 

If you think that men can “do what they want” try coming to job interview (or to a job) unshaven. Heck, the word “unshaven” itself is demonstrative of how deeply normalized shaving is for men. Last I checked, women aren’t getting fired for not shaving their precious pubic hair.

I’ve seen guys being ridiculed for shaving their legs, despite being on the swim team

but yeah I can totally see why a bunch of self-absorbed women would be oblivious to anything that doesn’t directly affect them

But it’s not just women, I reblogged this from a dude and the original story was written by one. Maybe they just never had to hold down a regular job.
Personally, I got a lot of flak at some of my jobs whenever I showed up unshaven, or wanted to grow a short beard.

I had long hair that I cut short before applying for a job. I’m kind of confused how men could be oblivious to this. Maybe when your job is writing articles for Vice.

wow really vice? honestly no one cares if a woman doesn’t shave unless they’re flaunting it

and idg the first picture like do people have hair there?

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12:16 am

dickardcain:

durkin62:

applemaiden:

breaking news: evil feminist leader Anita Sarkeesian ruins gaming everywhere forever by saying “that’s pretty sexist, how about not doing that.”

nice guys everywhere are suffering. now they cannot beat up a hooker and steal her money without thinking “maybe this is sexist”. the american way has truly collapsed and our nation will never be the same. please take off your fedoras for a moment of silence.

Breaking news, video game where you can murder anyone and steal their cash is sexist because women are included in the category of anyone. 

We just got an update! Yet another day passes where you can kill, maim, torture, and massacre men by the thousands in video games as you have been able to for the past couple decades. Feminists, supposed fighters for men as well as women, remain silent!

It’s almost as if the actions of the movement are totally out of line with it’s claims!

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12:13 am
colby-wrong:

What feminism has done for men

colby-wrong:

What feminism has done for men

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12:12 am

rexmccoolguy:

tehbranmuffin:

the-la-li-lu-le-lowdown:

tidalwavesstudio:

Ok now , come on….

If this is perfectly ok, then I want to see a skimpy costume Snake in the games.

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Not to mention the skintight sneaking suits Solid Snake and Raiden wear.

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12:10 am

it-goes-both-ways:

graspthesanity:

One comment makes a change. 

I don’t know why the tide has changed and all of a sudden it’s all bash on trans men and queer men or amab for that matter.

I don’t know why domestic violence against men is a joke.

I don’t know why “small comments” degrading men are ok.

Just because I am a man, who happens to be queer does not make me less of a person or being trans for that matter or making a joke that because my penis is a dildo, I’m not a man (waves at Nicki Minaj and the tumblr post)

And don’t forget you’re not the one who gets Volkova on telly saying that you should be stopped for being gay.

I don’t know where this comes from

And it’s this sudden outburst for either amab and/or cis/queer identifying men. 

And it sickens me to the core.

And guess what

I’ll fucking say it

All the transphobia I’ve ever gotten came from women’s lips (even trans women). Always. Regardless of sexuality and if you google, hate speech towards trans people is mostly from women.

So “one comment” is enough to start a fire.

You know when your gender or a part of your gender sickens you so much that you wish you weren’t it?

*waves* I am.

Congratulations, women of tumblr, I believe you’ve learnt nothing. Tumblr Feminism truly became about fighting and defending anything said from a woman’s mouth, because she is a woman. And that’s all.

I don’t know how “fuck you” is even nice here.

And I dunno, I find myself aesthetically pleasing, thank you very much (*wave towards Volkova*)

So I dunno why can’t we accept Minaj being problematic when I saw the person who made me discover my sexuality, identity and has been supporting me for 13 years I just erased her from my life and Minaj is just there and untouched.

Every bit of shaming and bullying I’ve ever been subjected to over my sexuality has come from women as well. The men were either supportive, curious or didn’t give a shit, it made absolutely no difference to them. Girls often decided that I all of a sudden wanted to rape them (one even spread rumours that I was a lesbian rapist when I was sexually assaulted by a woman in the street), it’s a problem many such people have with non-straight people, that it suddenly means they have neither preference nor self control when it comes to the same sex. Like that “keep your back to the wall” bullshit.

12:09 am

All The (Homophobic) Things She Said

it-goes-both-ways:

biggleyboomcshrew:

t.A.T.u, the faux lesbian Russian pop duo have drifted out of the limelight since their fifteen minutes of fame back in 2002 when they pranced around in the rain dressed as schoolgirls kissing defiantly as a judgemental society looked on. There’s no question as to why the video brought them such fame. Lesbians have been underrepresented in pop music and the message was strong and controversial for many people at the time.

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Also, they were wearing schoolgirl uniforms and kissing. That may have been a draw. 

When it emerged that not only were the bandmates not a couple, but both were straight, the world felt a bit duped. The girls had used lesbianism to skyrocket themselves to fame. Still, so long as their message of tolerance and acceptance of love in all its forms still stood, we were willing to forgive the faux sexuality.

Alas and alack, Yulia Volkova, formerly one half of t.A.T.u. has made some shamelessly homophobic comments of late. According to reports from several sources, Volkova announced that she would not accept having a gay son: 

"Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man," she said. "God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of… I won’t accept a gay son."

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Pesky God.

However all is not lost for the gay community, Miss Volkova has a few exceptions:

1. She doesn’t hate you, you’re just not a “real” man. 

"I want to say that I’m not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag," - Yulia Volkova.

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Pictured Right: Neil Patrick Harris. He has an internationally successful career and a loving family which he provides for. He’s also what Yulia would deem a “fag”. If NPH isn’t the epitome of a “real” man, I don’t know what is. 

2. You may be gay, but it could be worse

"I believe that being gay is all still better than murderers, thieves or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay a little better than the rest." - Yulia Volkova

So according to Yulia if you’re gay, you’re not that low down on the scum ladder. But wait, what if you’re a gay murderer, a gay thief or a gay drug addict? 

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That’s her officer, that’s the fabulous bitch who stabbed me”. 

5. It’s okay to be gay, provided you’re hot.

"Two girls together - not the same thing as the two men together, it seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing." - Yulia Volkova.

So surprisingly Yulia has decided to engage in selective gender biased homophobia. She’s very much okay with lesbians, which is convenient seeing as faux lesbianism is the only reason anyone cares about what she has to say. Two guys kissing? That’s icky, but two girls, well that’s something we’re all gagging to see. 

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 And with this revelation, Susan and Mags hired a sitter, went down the pub, downed a few shots and gave the people what they wanted.

4. It’s totally okay guys, she has gay friends.

"I have many gay friends." - Yulia Volkova

When you find yourself saying “some of my best friends are white/black/gay/albino it’s pretty safe to say that you have just said something potentially ignorant or offensive and you are trying to qualify it or backtrack. Stop. Just stop. 

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As consumers of pop music, we don’t like being duped. Yes, we understand that a certain level of it is prepackaged, stylized and falsified. We know Britney’s not singing live anymore than the snake around her shoulders is, we know One Direction didn’t hop out of bed in the morning looking like a bunch of adorable ragamuffins without the help of a stylist. There is a certain amount we’re willing to concede, but concerning gay activist pop stars, we really would prefer a level of genuineness and less blatant hypocrisy. What if Ke$ha said she hated Glitter? What if Snoop Dogg gave a lecture on the dangers of smoking weed? What if Lady Gaga began to vilify the mentally ill? 

No, when it comes to gay pop icons, whether faux or genuinely gay, I really would prefer if they didn’t spout ignorant putrescence, thanks very much Yulia.  

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Stay tuned for the inevitable I’m a Celebrity/Big Brother appearance.

That’s not even the worst part:

The stunned interviewer reacted, saying:

"Stop, stop. You just told me that you do not mind if your daughter was a lesbian. You were talking about freedom."

But Yulia doubled down: 

"This only applies to a daughter, not a son. I think for men, it’s a bad freedom. A man has no right to be a fag.

September 20, 2014 8:59 pm

bookthrower:

poppypicklesticks:

rapaciousraven:

>get called out
>TIME FOR FAKE BOMB THREATS FROM SIX MONTHS AGO

A little too obvious this time don’t you think, Mr. Tortilla?

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source: Corruption in Video Game Journalism on Facebook

Hahaha, they are grasping at straws so desperately it’s hilarious.

remember when feminists threatened to bomb a MRA meet so it would get cancelled?

I guess pulling fire alarms and staging violent protests just wasn’t edgy enough 

Remember when feminists sent bomb threats to Erin Pizzey. the woman who opened up the first domestic abuse shelter, because she had the nerve to say that men were victims of domestic violence as well?

(Source: notallfeminists)

8:34 pm
fraudulentfeminist:

"I need feminism because… People still act like being accused of rape is worse than being raped"
 Firstly, rape is possibly one of the most violent and traumatizing acts of assault, second only to murder. Please do not think that I am undermining the true extent of how terrifying and violating it is. However, I honestly believe that being accused and convicted of committing a crime so heinous, while being innocent, comes with repercussions that are far more devastating then being a victim of rape. Being raped can traumatize someone for the rest of their life. Some people can move on but most will never recover. People life in fear, they get anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, and some even develop anorexia as a means of coping. Rape doesn’t affect you for a moment; it affects you for the rest of your life. However, there is hope out there. There are countless support groups that help you deal with the trauma, and to ease the pain. There is the chance of closure for what happened to you, through prosecution. Your family and friends will support and love you through your ordeal and road to recovery. You may not recover completely, but you can move forward with your life.
However, when you are accused and prosecuted for being a rapist you also live with lifelong trauma. Firstly, spending time in prison, in isolation, for years on end. Missing out on your dreams, your ambitions, and your goals. Not to mention your inmates are likely to have their own justice system… Have you ever heard of the term “don’t drop the soap”? Once you survive your time in prison, and the trauma that comes with it, you get out to find that your partner and kids have left you and have filed a restraining order against you. If you were single at the time, you will be single and alone for the rest of your life. Your family and friends and everyone you care about will reject you. They will be ashamed and embarrassed by you. Wherever you go parents will be holding their kids close because they have a rapist alert app on their phone, and you have a permanent record. Finding a job to support yourself will be 1000x harder because employers do background checks, and no one is going to want to hire you. Society will look down on you and spit on your face as you spend the rest of your life waiting for the nightmare to end… All for something you didn’t do. 
I know I exaggerated both scenarios, but please, tell me how being unapologetic to those who are falsely accused is a positive attribute of “feminism”?  
- fraudulentfeminist

fraudulentfeminist:

"I need feminism because… People still act like being accused of rape is worse than being raped"

Firstly, rape is possibly one of the most violent and traumatizing acts of assault, second only to murder. Please do not think that I am undermining the true extent of how terrifying and violating it is. However, I honestly believe that being accused and convicted of committing a crime so heinous, while being innocent, comes with repercussions that are far more devastating then being a victim of rape.

Being raped can traumatize someone for the rest of their life. Some people can move on but most will never recover. People life in fear, they get anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, and some even develop anorexia as a means of coping. Rape doesn’t affect you for a moment; it affects you for the rest of your life. However, there is hope out there. There are countless support groups that help you deal with the trauma, and to ease the pain. There is the chance of closure for what happened to you, through prosecution. Your family and friends will support and love you through your ordeal and road to recovery. You may not recover completely, but you can move forward with your life.

However, when you are accused and prosecuted for being a rapist you also live with lifelong trauma. Firstly, spending time in prison, in isolation, for years on end. Missing out on your dreams, your ambitions, and your goals. Not to mention your inmates are likely to have their own justice system… Have you ever heard of the term “don’t drop the soap”? Once you survive your time in prison, and the trauma that comes with it, you get out to find that your partner and kids have left you and have filed a restraining order against you. If you were single at the time, you will be single and alone for the rest of your life. Your family and friends and everyone you care about will reject you. They will be ashamed and embarrassed by you. Wherever you go parents will be holding their kids close because they have a rapist alert app on their phone, and you have a permanent record. Finding a job to support yourself will be 1000x harder because employers do background checks, and no one is going to want to hire you. Society will look down on you and spit on your face as you spend the rest of your life waiting for the nightmare to end… All for something you didn’t do. 

I know I exaggerated both scenarios, but please, tell me how being unapologetic to those who are falsely accused is a positive attribute of “feminism”?  

- fraudulentfeminist

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7:52 pm
feminismisahatemovement:

by Christina Hoff Sommers
https://time.com/3222543/5-feminist-myths-that-will-not-die/
If we’re genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight
Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women:

MYTH 1: Women are half the world’s population, working two-thirds of the world’s working hours, receiving 10% of the world’s income, owning less than 1% of the world’s property.
FACTS: This injustice confection is routinely quoted by advocacy groups, the World Bank, Oxfam and the United Nations. It is sheer fabrication. More than 15 years ago, Sussex University experts on gender and development Sally Baden and Anne Marie Goetz, repudiated the claim: “The figure was made up by someone working at the UN because it seemed to her to represent the scale of gender-based inequality at the time.” But there is no evidence that it was ever accurate, and it certainly is not today.
Precise figures do not exist, but no serious economist believes women earn only 10% of the world’s income or own only 1% of property. As one critic noted in an excellent debunking in The Atlantic, “U.S. women alone earn 5.4 percent of world income today.” Moreover, in African countries, where women have made far less progress than their Western and Asian counterparts, Yale economist Cheryl Doss found female land ownership ranged from 11% in Senegal to 54% in Rwanda and Burundi. Doss warns that “using unsubstantiated statistics for advocacy is counterproductive.” Bad data not only undermine credibility, they obstruct progress by making it impossible to measure change.
MYTH 2: Between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are pressed into sexual slavery each year in the United States.
FACTS: This sensational claim is a favorite of politicians, celebrities and journalists. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore turned it into a cause célèbre. Both conservatives and liberal reformers deploy it. Former President Jimmy Carter recently said that the sexual enslavement of girls in the U.S. today is worse than American slavery in the 19th century.
The source for the figure is a 2001 report on child sexual exploitation by University of Pennsylvania sociologists Richard Estes and Neil Alan Weiner. But their 100,000–300,000 estimate referred to children at risk for exploitation—not actual victims. When three reporters from the Village Voice questioned Estes on the number of children who are abducted and pressed into sexual slavery each year, he replied, “We’re talking about a few hundred people.” And this number is likely to include a lot of boys: According to a 2008 census of underage prostitutes in New York City, nearly half turned out to be male. A few hundred children is still a few hundred too many, but they will not be helped by thousand-fold inflation of their numbers.
MYTH 3: In the United States, 22%–35% of women who visit hospital emergency rooms do so because of domestic violence.
FACTS: This claim has appeared in countless fact sheets, books and articles—for example, in the leading textbook on family violence, Domestic Violence Law, and in the Penguin Atlas of Women in the World. The Penguin Atlas uses the emergency room figure to justify placing the U.S. on par with Uganda and Haiti for intimate violence.
What is the provenance? The Atlas provides no primary source, but the editor of Domestic Violence Law cites a 1997 Justice Department study, as well as a 2009 post on the Centers for Disease Control website. But the Justice Department and the CDC are not referring to the 40 million women who annually visit emergency rooms, but to women, numbering about 550,000 annually, who come to emergency rooms “for violence-related injuries.” Of these, approximately 37% were attacked by intimates. So, it’s not the case that 22%-35% of women who visit emergency rooms are there for domestic violence. The correct figure is less than half of 1%.
MYTH 4: One in five in college women will be sexually assaulted.
FACTS: This incendiary figure is everywhere in the media today. Journalists, senators and even President Obama cite it routinely. Can it be true that the American college campus is one of the most dangerous places on earth for women?
The one-in-five figure is based on the Campus Sexual Assault Study, commissioned by the National Institute of Justice and conducted from 2005 to 2007. Two prominent criminologists, Northeastern University’s James Alan Fox and Mount Holyoke College’s Richard Moran, have noted its weaknesses:
“The estimated 19% sexual assault rate among college women is based on a survey at two large four-year universities, which might not accurately reflect our nation’s colleges overall. In addition, the survey had a large non-response rate, with the clear possibility that those who had been victimized were more apt to have completed the questionnaire, resulting in an inflated prevalence figure.”
Fox and Moran also point out that the study used an overly broad definition of sexual assault. Respondents were counted as sexual assault victims if they had been subject to “attempted forced kissing” or engaged in intimate encounters while intoxicated.
Defenders of the one-in-five figure will reply that the finding has been replicated by other studies. But these studies suffer from some or all of the same flaws. Campus sexual assault is a serious problem and will not be solved by statistical hijinks.
MYTH 5: Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns—for doing the same work.
FACTS: No matter how many times this wage gap claim is decisively refuted by economists, it always comes back. The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing.
Wage gap activists say women with identical backgrounds and jobs as men still earn less. But they always fail to take into account critical variables. Activist groups like the National Organization for Women have a fallback position: that women’s education and career choices are not truly free—they are driven by powerful sexist stereotypes. In this view, women’s tendency to retreat from the workplace to raise children or to enter fields like early childhood education and psychology, rather than better paying professions like petroleum engineering, is evidence of continued social coercion. Here is the problem: American women are among the best informed and most self-determining human beings in the world. To say that they are manipulated into their life choices by forces beyond their control is divorced from reality and demeaning, to boot.
Why do these reckless claims have so much appeal and staying power? For one thing, there is a lot of statistical illiteracy among journalists, feminist academics and political leaders. There is also an admirable human tendency to be protective of women—stories of female exploitation are readily believed, and vocal skeptics risk appearing indifferent to women’s suffering. Finally, armies of advocates depend on “killer stats” to galvanize their cause. But killer stats obliterate distinctions between more and less serious problems and send scarce resources in the wrong directions. They also promote bigotry. The idea that American men are annually enslaving more than 100,000 girls, sending millions of women to emergency rooms, sustaining a rape culture and cheating women out of their rightful salary creates rancor in true believers and disdain in those who would otherwise be sympathetic allies.
My advice to women’s advocates: Take back the truth.
Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of several books, including Who Stole Feminism and The War Against Boys, and is the host of a weekly video blog, The Factual Feminist. Follow her @CHSommers.

feminismisahatemovement:

by Christina Hoff Sommers

https://time.com/3222543/5-feminist-myths-that-will-not-die/

If we’re genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women, we need to get the facts straight

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women:

MYTH 1: Women are half the world’s population, working two-thirds of the world’s working hours, receiving 10% of the world’s income, owning less than 1% of the world’s property.

FACTS: This injustice confection is routinely quoted by advocacy groups, the World Bank, Oxfam and the United Nations. It is sheer fabrication. More than 15 years ago, Sussex University experts on gender and development Sally Baden and Anne Marie Goetz, repudiated the claim: “The figure was made up by someone working at the UN because it seemed to her to represent the scale of gender-based inequality at the time.” But there is no evidence that it was ever accurate, and it certainly is not today.

Precise figures do not exist, but no serious economist believes women earn only 10% of the world’s income or own only 1% of property. As one critic noted in an excellent debunking in The Atlantic, “U.S. women alone earn 5.4 percent of world income today.” Moreover, in African countries, where women have made far less progress than their Western and Asian counterparts, Yale economist Cheryl Doss found female land ownership ranged from 11% in Senegal to 54% in Rwanda and Burundi. Doss warns that “using unsubstantiated statistics for advocacy is counterproductive.” Bad data not only undermine credibility, they obstruct progress by making it impossible to measure change.

MYTH 2: Between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are pressed into sexual slavery each year in the United States.

FACTS: This sensational claim is a favorite of politicians, celebrities and journalists. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore turned it into a cause célèbre. Both conservatives and liberal reformers deploy it. Former President Jimmy Carter recently said that the sexual enslavement of girls in the U.S. today is worse than American slavery in the 19th century.

The source for the figure is a 2001 report on child sexual exploitation by University of Pennsylvania sociologists Richard Estes and Neil Alan Weiner. But their 100,000–300,000 estimate referred to children at risk for exploitation—not actual victims. When three reporters from the Village Voice questioned Estes on the number of children who are abducted and pressed into sexual slavery each year, he replied, “We’re talking about a few hundred people.” And this number is likely to include a lot of boys: According to a 2008 census of underage prostitutes in New York City, nearly half turned out to be male. A few hundred children is still a few hundred too many, but they will not be helped by thousand-fold inflation of their numbers.

MYTH 3: In the United States, 22%–35% of women who visit hospital emergency rooms do so because of domestic violence.

FACTS: This claim has appeared in countless fact sheets, books and articles—for example, in the leading textbook on family violence, Domestic Violence Law, and in the Penguin Atlas of Women in the World. The Penguin Atlas uses the emergency room figure to justify placing the U.S. on par with Uganda and Haiti for intimate violence.

What is the provenance? The Atlas provides no primary source, but the editor of Domestic Violence Law cites a 1997 Justice Department study, as well as a 2009 post on the Centers for Disease Control website. But the Justice Department and the CDC are not referring to the 40 million women who annually visit emergency rooms, but to women, numbering about 550,000 annually, who come to emergency rooms “for violence-related injuries.” Of these, approximately 37% were attacked by intimates. So, it’s not the case that 22%-35% of women who visit emergency rooms are there for domestic violence. The correct figure is less than half of 1%.

MYTH 4: One in five in college women will be sexually assaulted.

FACTS: This incendiary figure is everywhere in the media today. Journalists, senators and even President Obama cite it routinely. Can it be true that the American college campus is one of the most dangerous places on earth for women?

The one-in-five figure is based on the Campus Sexual Assault Study, commissioned by the National Institute of Justice and conducted from 2005 to 2007. Two prominent criminologists, Northeastern University’s James Alan Fox and Mount Holyoke College’s Richard Moran, have noted its weaknesses:

“The estimated 19% sexual assault rate among college women is based on a survey at two large four-year universities, which might not accurately reflect our nation’s colleges overall. In addition, the survey had a large non-response rate, with the clear possibility that those who had been victimized were more apt to have completed the questionnaire, resulting in an inflated prevalence figure.”

Fox and Moran also point out that the study used an overly broad definition of sexual assault. Respondents were counted as sexual assault victims if they had been subject to “attempted forced kissing” or engaged in intimate encounters while intoxicated.

Defenders of the one-in-five figure will reply that the finding has been replicated by other studies. But these studies suffer from some or all of the same flaws. Campus sexual assault is a serious problem and will not be solved by statistical hijinks.

MYTH 5: Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns—for doing the same work.

FACTS: No matter how many times this wage gap claim is decisively refuted by economists, it always comes back. The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing.

Wage gap activists say women with identical backgrounds and jobs as men still earn less. But they always fail to take into account critical variables. Activist groups like the National Organization for Women have a fallback position: that women’s education and career choices are not truly free—they are driven by powerful sexist stereotypes. In this view, women’s tendency to retreat from the workplace to raise children or to enter fields like early childhood education and psychology, rather than better paying professions like petroleum engineering, is evidence of continued social coercion. Here is the problem: American women are among the best informed and most self-determining human beings in the world. To say that they are manipulated into their life choices by forces beyond their control is divorced from reality and demeaning, to boot.

Why do these reckless claims have so much appeal and staying power? For one thing, there is a lot of statistical illiteracy among journalists, feminist academics and political leaders. There is also an admirable human tendency to be protective of women—stories of female exploitation are readily believed, and vocal skeptics risk appearing indifferent to women’s suffering. Finally, armies of advocates depend on “killer stats” to galvanize their cause. But killer stats obliterate distinctions between more and less serious problems and send scarce resources in the wrong directions. They also promote bigotry. The idea that American men are annually enslaving more than 100,000 girls, sending millions of women to emergency rooms, sustaining a rape culture and cheating women out of their rightful salary creates rancor in true believers and disdain in those who would otherwise be sympathetic allies.

My advice to women’s advocates: Take back the truth.

Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of several books, including Who Stole Feminism and The War Against Boys, and is the host of a weekly video blog, The Factual Feminist. Follow her @CHSommers.

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7:04 pm

commanderabutt:

if people see racism/transphobia/etc in the MRM they call all MRAs racist.

if people see racism/transphobia/etc in Feminism, they just deny that they are actually part of feminism

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4:04 pm
thatalbanianguy:

afscme:

On September 1st, the Republican National Committee proudly tweeted that “ALL Republicans Support Equal Pay.” Then what happened yesterday?  

Well considering equal pay is already a thing and there are already a bunch of equal pay bills in place I would say women already HAVE equal pay. It’s too bad morons don’t see this and also don’t see that both sides are playing the “women are oppressed” song. You’re all idiots.

thatalbanianguy:

afscme:

On September 1st, the Republican National Committee proudly tweeted that “ALL Republicans Support Equal Pay.”

Then what happened yesterday?

Well considering equal pay is already a thing and there are already a bunch of equal pay bills in place I would say women already HAVE equal pay. It’s too bad morons don’t see this and also don’t see that both sides are playing the “women are oppressed” song. You’re all idiots.

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Good men don't let women get raped. So why aren't you guys doing enough? | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | theguardian.com

poppypicklesticks:

Feminism: claiming to be Strong, Empowered Women who Don’t Need No Man and No Gender Roles

Whilst demanding men white knight you and do everything for you 

Oh and just so you know, when four young men invented anti-rape nail polish, Jessica Valenti screeched like a banshee in outrage… so when you don’t help you are promoting rape culture but when you do you are also promoting rape culture…

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