I learned this year that International Women’s Day was March 8th thanks in large part to a number of gals on my social media platforms as well as virtue signaling men (i.e., emasculated losers) who are more than willing to capitalize on the day. Help me, Dear Reader, to understand what is being celebrated and why. I understand the reason Democrats have for employing identity politics—it is so that they can stay in office and pass the legislation they want which more minorities and women (particularly unmarried women) on average support. I understand why Soros and others funded the Day Without a Woman marches. What I do not understand is what all the excitement is about in celebrating women.
Women, of course, are fine. I happen to be one! We can have babies. But men are also vital in producing and raising children. If women are to be valued for making babies so too are men. More generally, if women are to be celebrated, why not men, humans, or living organisms more generally? (Incidentally, there is an International Men’s Day though I have never seen it widely advertised or celebrated.)
So, why all the fuss? It seems to me that some of the feminists who support the day have low self-esteem and enjoy the additional attention. And the men supporters want to be esteem boosters for obvious reasons. There is the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality pervasive on the left; they end up celebrating things which are not actual accomplishments and for which no one has done anything to deserve. But wouldn’t it be better to celebrate certain virtues or accomplishments that some women (and men) have attained rather than celebrating women in general?
There is also a sense in some feminist quarters that women are naturally virtuous and men naturally vicious. Women have special powers giving rise to feminist ethics, feminist epistemology, feminist science, feminist magic and witchcraft, etc. Now, there is some empirical support for the claim that women are not naturally as vicious. Men, especially young men, are far more likely to commit crimes than women. But I suspect there’s not much beyond that, and that women tend to have their own vices in equal proportion (equality, after all, demands it!).
However, this raises an interesting question about why women, like blacks, are simultaneously celebrated for “diversity” reasons but also treated as victims (incidentally, why isn’t there a New Jim Crow mass incarceration book about men in general?), when in fact women in the West today are one of the most privileged groups in history. Men are:
- less likely to graduate from high school
- less likely to be accepted into college
- less likely to graduate from college
- more likely to be arrested
- more likely to be the victim of a violent crime
- more likely to die a half a decade before women
- more likely to die by an occupational hazard
- more likely to commit suicide
- more likely to die or be injured in a fire
- more likely to die in a car accident
- more likely to be admitted for abusing drugs or alcohol
- more likely to be addicted to gambling
- more likely to be discriminated against by affirmative action policies
- more likely to lose custody of their children in court
- more likely to be poisoned to death
- more likely to drown
- more likely to die of cancer and cardiovascular disease
- more likely to be victims of sexual assault, including rape
- morel likely to be victims of intimate partner abuse
- more likely to receive harsher treatment by the judicial system
Why aren’t feminist egalitarians concerned with such issues, and instead make up specious arguments about an unjust gender wage gap? Perhaps because they are not really egalitarians in the first place? That would help explain why International Women’s Day receives far more attention than International Men’s Day.
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