As recently as the 1950’s in this country, a white man could lynch a black man, and he would most likely get away with it.
While those days are behind us, there are swift outcries when it is perceived by mainstream America that these particular inequities are still taking place. The Trayvon Martin case is a good example of this.
While it would be nice to believe that our newfound sensitivity to certain injustices are born of altruism and enlightenment, the fact of the matter is that society is no less cruel and inhumane than it always has been. Here in Washington, we are frequently reminded of this fact.
For instance, a few months ago, a man was released from prison after it was discovered that a woman, his daughter, had lied when she accused him of sexual abuse:
When the woman recanted after nearly a decade, the prosecutor (a female) declined to try the accuser, because she didn’t want to discourage women from making false allegations about men in the future.
There was no public outcry about this.
And why would there be?
Men deserve all the injustices they receive. Every last one of them. All the time locked in a cage and all the diseased dicks their puckered anuses can handle. After all, they are men. The new black, jewish, insert-your-villian-here. Especially straight, white, non-wealthy males … the last great group on which to release our innate, oppressive instincts.
Most people of my generation, the generation that saw the meteoric rise of feminism, were taught about the evils of the patriarchy. We were told that most of society’s ills were the result of a male-dominated society, and like most men my age, I ate it all up. Like most wannabe-altruistic men my age, I too, became a feminist.
As time marched on, however, as the calendar peeled back the years, and as women gained more and more power within society … I became thankful. Thankful that, for the vast majority of history, men ruled the world.
Now, 30 years into the grand experiment that is “gender equality”, I realize how very, very fortunate we are, we all are, men, women, and children, that it started this late.
As women graduate from college at rates that exceed men, increasingly rise to executive positions, and more and more often find themselves in positions of governmental power … I’ve watched as they’ve stated their primary goals. More often than not, those goals are:
Not human issues.
Imagine a gender, a gender in rising power, focused solely on their own well-being while ignoring, if not ridiculing, the needs of the opposite gender.
This, I have come to learn, is the great promise of the matriarchy.
Had women ruled the world from day 1, would men’s life expectancies now exceed theirs? Would forced military inscription only apply to females? Would there be specific ‘violence against men’ laws? Would the policy of “men and children first” ever have existed?
Now, in 2012, decades into the power shift, I think the answer is a clear and resounding “no”.
Women would have taken care of women, and the men of the world would have been left to fend for themselves. Far from being protected and provided for, we would have been the laborers, the jesters, the soldiers, and the slaves.
Thank $DIETY that men ruled the world for 99% of its existence, for despite their obvious flaws, and men have many flaws — mankind under the rule of women would have suffered a far more cruel fate. Instead of certain ethnic and religious groups, an entire gender, nearly half of the population, would have been oppressed, and I mean truly oppressed, for thousands upon thousands of years.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at what’s happened in just the last 30 years, nothing more than a blip on the radar of human history, a time period in which feminism’s agenda started becoming a mainstream reality:
– Despite media reports of a “women’s health crisis”, men die five years younger than women in developed countries.
– Prostate cancer and breast cancer kill roughly the same number of people each year, yet breast cancer receives 10x the funding on an annual basis.
– Men die younger and more often than women for the ten leading causes of death.
– Men are roughly 50% of the workforce but account for 93% of job related deaths.
– Males between 20 and 24 have a seven times greater rate of suicide than their female counterparts, and overall, men commit suicide at a rate four times greater than women.
– Despite the suicide disparity, far more women receive treatment for depression than do men.
– Women initiate 70% of divorces overall, and 90% of divorces when both partners are college educated — yet men receive primary custody of their children less than 20% of the time.
– Even if DNA testing proves that a man is not the biological father of a child, he may be forced to pay child support or face jail in many U.S. states. The mother is rarely prosecuted for fraud, and she is rarely ordered to pay back ill-gotten support.
– Men do not have reproductive rights. Women can engage in sexual intimacy without sacrificing reproductive choice; men cannot. Women can terminate a pregnancy without the consent of the father when an unplanned pregnancy occurs; men cannot similarly relinquish their parental rights and financial responsibility.
– Women benefit from war every bit as much as men, yet no gender oppression is comparable in magnitude to the deaths of males in war, which includes forced conscription. About 500,000 male U.S. soldiers died in WWII alone. Young men are required to register for Selective Service or face fines, jail, revoked citizenship, and denial of financial aid and federal jobs.
– Men have made up 97.6% of U.S. military deaths since 2001.
– Men can still be discriminated against in the marketplace, such as the purchasing of automobile insurance, while similar discrimination against women is against the law.
– Sexual abuse against men is funny. Recently, on the TV Show “The Talk”, Sharon Osborne laughed and made jokes about a man who had his penis cut off by his wife.
– Male victims of domestic violence are systematically neglected, stigmatized, and denied outreach and services. They’re also far less likely to report it, which makes crime data unreliable.
– Overall, men receive sentences for serious crimes 48 months longer than the sentences women receive, and women are more likely to receive no jail time for the same crime, even when all other factors are equal (age, race, priors, family situation, etc.).
– 43% of teacher sex abuse comes from female teachers but over 90% of prosecutions are of male teachers.
– Due to abhorrent prison conditions, more men are forcibly raped each year than are women. Male victims are frequently raped in jail, prison, and the military, yet male-on-male rape remains a punch line.
– Males are 4 times more likely to be murdered than are females, and are more likely to be the victims of assault, yet there is no Violence Against Men Act.
– Close to 100% of every tool, technology, and convenience, from the toaster to the space shuttle has been invented by men, yet males are constantly made to feel guilty for perpetrating a “male dominated society”.
– Physical abuse against men in the media is amusing, while there is “no excuse” for similar abuse against women. A woman locking a man out of the house and tossing his belongings out of the window is a beer commercial, while the reverse is sexism.
– Women account for 52% of the electorate, yet blame men for the gender disparity in congress.
– Women claim to earn less than men for equal work, yet somehow, someway, women control 60% of the nation’s personal wealth, and account for nearly 80% of consumer spending.
– Female genital mutilation is illegal, and is the subject of worldwide outrage. Male genital mutilation is perfectly legal, if not routine.
– For every 100 women who earn a degree, only 73 men do. Men obtain 38% of associate’s degrees, 42% of bachelor’s degrees, and 40% of master’s degrees.
– Men have accounted for nearly 75% of job losses during the late-2000’s recession. The unemployment rate is 10.5% for men and 7.9% for women.
– Despite this, men are discriminated against when applying for government contracts. This is especially true of white males. In Washington State, contracts are routinely awarded to wealthy females over less advantaged males, solely because of gender.
– Roughly 80% of homeless people in the USA are male.
– 31% of women out-earn their husbands, yet 97% of alimony recipients are female.
– Even after a man is exonerated, or after a woman recants her allegations, the accused man is still statistically considered a “rapist” for the rest of his life by the federal government and women’s groups.
– Family courts across the USA routinely strip men of their rights without due process of law, often leaving them broke, alone, and unassisted.
Keep in mind that we’re only 30 years into the gender power shift.
What will these numbers look like in another 30, 50, or 100 years?
If things continue along this matriarchal-mandated path, we may very well look back on the 1970’s as the peak of equality in the USA. The closest we ever came to equal rights, before doing a 180 and retreating down a path of government-sanctioned sexism in the opposite direction.
You know, even though it was often terribly misguided, at least most of the patriarchy was well-meaning. Although there are notable examples to the contrary, I would wager that the majority of men truly wanted to protect the females around them from harm.
This is notably missing from feminism. In feminism, there is no care for the opposite gender … no hints of even misguided concern for the health, safety, and welfare of the 150 million males that co-inhabit the USA.
A few months ago, I decided to run a little experiment.
For years, when I referred to hypothetical antagonists in my blog posts, I always referred to them as “he” or “him”, and never, not once, has anyone taken exception to this.
Therefore, on a whim, I decided to change the genders. In one particular blog post, I used “she” and “her” exclusively when referring to the antagonists.
Reaction was swift.
“why do you keep referring to all of the bad drivers as “her” or “she?” – Replied one commenter.
Another commenter chimed in: “But, I must agree with the other comment, the use of the “she” pronoun makes the article offensive.”
Years, of exclusively referring to men as bad drivers (among bad other things) … no problem … not one complaint. One post referring to women in the exact same manner, and all of a sudden, it’s “offensive”.
Folks, look what we’ve become. Take a look around, and take an honest accounting and assessment of the state of human rights in America.
Personally, I sit here in 2012, ashamed of my state, and ashamed of my country. There is no “equality” in this nation. There never has been. Little enlightened progress has been made since the civil rights movement … we’ve merely traded one set of discriminatory policies for another set of discriminatory policies.
I think by now it should be clear that being an American means always looking for someone to oppress. It truly does. As soon as one discriminatory policy is done away with, another takes its place.
In the last 30 years, we’ve seen, up close and personal, just what the world would have been like had women been in charge, and it’s chilling. Absolutely chilling.
A man was just let out of a cage, a locked cage, a cage he had unjustly lived in for 9 years, and our bigoted prosecutor declined to prosecute the perpetrator based solely on her gender — but is anyone crying foul?
Because it might discourage women from falsely having men locked in cages in the future, and in the State of Washington USA, that is just fine. Just as in 1930’s Alabama, it was perfectly fine to discriminate against an entire group of people without repercussion.
What is the difference between what we are doing, and lynching?
What is the difference between 9 years locked in a cage with a bunch of criminals who have been told that you are a child rapist … or being strung up under a tree. Hell, given the choice, I’d choose the latter. It’s quicker and more humane.
To suit an agenda, the State of Washington has no qualms about locking a man in a cage for nearly a decade, and when he’s found to be innocent, continuing to refer to him as a rapist for the rest of his life while referring to the perpetrator as a “victim”.
It’s vile, it’s disgusting, and it’s an affront to any humane person on the planet. It’s the witch hunts all over again, and Washington State leads the nation in seeing if they’ll float.
Not all of you out there are evil people, though. Some of you are my friends, some my neighbors, and I know that you’re not all awful, awful people.
You’re just scared, and I don’t blame you. Speaking out about male discrimination is risky. Very risky. You have to be brave.
Speaking out against male discrimination in 2012 Washington is like speaking out against Jewish discrimination in 1940’s Germany. It’s like speaking out against the Ku Klux Klan in 1930’s Alabama.
I get it. Truly I do.
In 1930’s Alabama, a white man risked his livelihood when he came to the defense of a black man. In 2012 Washington, he who comes to the defense of any man risks losing his friends, his job, his safety, and his means to provide for his family. Not a whole lot has changed.
If you speak up … yes, they’re going to call you names … misogynist, redneck, racist … whatever they can throw at you. They’ll march in Slutwalks and threaten your life via email (as they have me many times). They’ll look at you with hostility, make rude comments, and ban you from the kickball league.
Speaking up is still the right thing to do.
As much as we like to believe we’ve advanced past Jim Crow Mississippi and the Witch Hunts, the fact is, we haven’t. We’re the exact same creatures now that we were then. Same brains, same neurotransmitters, same everything, and for whatever reason, humans have an instinct, a proclivity, to oppress.
I cannot think of one group which has advocated equality in this country. Not one. Instead, one group has always, always advocated for the oppression of others, to its own advantage.
Washington, take a good, hard look at yourself. Look at the hatred and bigotry you’ve allowed to grow and flourish under your very nose.
200 years from now, our ancestors are going to look back on this period of time, and I think they will judge us harshly. I believe that they will see a pendulum of oppression swinging in the direction of the political wind for the better part of a century, and I think we will be looked upon as barbaric. Not terribly different than the manner in which we look at Eastern Europe or the Deep South through our historic eyes now.
History is littered with the corpses of “well meaning discrimination”, and everyone has always been convinced that their brand of discrimination was somehow the exception to the rule … that their discrimination was for the betterment of society … that their bigotry was somehow good or altruistic.
This has never turned out to be the case, though. Nor will it ever.
All that is required for evil to flourish, is for good people to remain silent.
Let it never be said, that I didn’t speak up.
I hope the rest of you can say the same.