Idiot

And no, I don’t seriously believe a word of the nonsense you’ve just read. But then you probably guessed it was parody, because nobody with an ounce of sense talks like that about men. We don’t treat male career implosion as biologically determined or sadly inevitable, don’t leap quite so often from half-baked guesswork about one man’s motives to sweeping generalisations about all men.

Say something similarly stupid about women, however, and plenty of people will nod vigorously in agreement. Of course women just don’t really want what men have got! They’d frankly rather be at home with their kids. Even the ones that, um, don’t have kids. It’s only natural.

When we are summing across the population to reach the average then by definition we’re talking about sweeping generalisations.

If 10% of women have a different attitude towards employment then the average for all women will be different.

Oh, look, what do we see?

Female employment rate 69.6 %

Male employment rate 79.2%

That is, of course, working age population.

Good, so we’ve established that, on average, there is a difference between men and women in their desire for employment.

9 thoughts on “Idiot”

  1. “…don’t leap quite so often from half-baked guesswork about one man’s motives to sweeping generalisations about all men.”

    Ummm, yes, yes, your colleagues at this rag do indeed do this, Gaby.

  2. So I guess those university induction courses that assume all the male students are potential rapists don’t exist then? That if anyone has the temerity to say ‘Men are more violent than women’ the Guardian jumps on them for their sexist assumptions?

  3. The Meissen Bison

    Female employment rate 69.6 %
    Male employment rate 79.2%
    […]

    there is a difference between men and women in their desire for employment.

    I’m not sure whether one can infer anything about desire for work, can one?

  4. The wimens would be working 79%, but the shit men in charge won’t hire them. It’s men’s fault. Always.

    The market place is working just fine. The socialist creeps want ‘fairness.’ The marketplace doesn’t do fairness.

    “Not my job, mon!”

  5. Meissen Bison: Absolutely. Tim’s point is – well let’s put it politely – incoherent.

  6. And despite the large number of women in the workplace the vast majority of work place incidents and especially deaths are men, don’t see anyone complaining about sexist bias.
    Then of course there is the one industry where men and women are paid vastly different rates for equivalent work; women making porn are generally paid much more than any man they are performing with, maybe there should be a campaign for fair pay for men

  7. One wonders if TW would be happier with more Islamic attitudes to women. He does seem very unhappy with Western attitudes.

  8. Just 14% of all women—and merely 24% of full-time female workers—are work-centred (Hakim 2003).

    Reference:
    Hakim, C. (2003). Models of the Family in Modern Societies: Ideals and Realities. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.

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