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Observing International Women’s Day

March 8, 2012

Here’s a passage from Satoshi Kanazawa’s wonderfully succinct article, Why Modern Feminism is Illogical, Unnecessary, and Evil:

Modern feminism is unnecessary, because its entire raison d’être is the unquestioned assumption that women are and have historically always been worse off than men. The fact that men and women are fundamentally different and want different things makes it difficult to compare their welfare directly, to assess which sex is better off; for example, the fact that women make less money than men cannot by itself be evidence that women are worse off than men, any more than the fact that men own fewer pairs of shoes than women cannot be evidence that men are worse off than women. However, in the only two biologically meaningful measures of welfare—longevity and reproductive success—women are and have always been slightly better off than men. In every human society, women live longer than men, and more women attain some reproductive success; many more men end their lives as total reproductive losers, having left no genetic offspring.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2012 3:49 pm

    The author hit the nail on the head citing longevity and reproductive success.

  2. March 8, 2012 5:44 pm

    Feminism doesn’t necessarily require that women suffer more than men, just that there are particular forms of suffering inflicted on women, because they are women. Or cultural norms that affect women disproportionately even if they aren’t necessarily directed against women.

    Take Afghanistan – do you really think there aren’t issues there that stem from hostile attitudes towards women?

    Feminism would only be illogical and unnecessary if there weren’t are social conditions that especially harmed women.

    As for who has suffered more over history, who knows – I am unconvinced by Satoshi’s argument.

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