So tells us Suzanne Venker,* the resident misogynist at Fox News. Her whole article is deliciously hilarious, but the best bit is this:
Yet it is males who suffer in our society. From boyhood through adulthood, the White American Male must fight his way through a litany of taunts, assumptions and grievances about his very existence. His oppression is unlike anything American women have faced. Unlike women, however, men don’t organize and form groups when they’ve been persecuted. They just bow out of the game.
I especially LOVE the idea that the oppression of white Murkan men is unlike anything Murkan women have faced! ** Given that universities didn't even use to let women in as students, Venker's long paragraphs about boys doing worse at school are pretty interesting. At least nobody is banning men from colleges by law. Indeed, many colleges practice hidden affirmative action to admit more men.
Venker's article is a good example of how to write propaganda. You ignore all evidence which does not support your argument and you replace statistical evidence with anecdotes.
As examples of the former, Venker says nothing about the fact that white men are the vast majority of all Americans with real power: Most CEOs are white men, most stockbrokers are white men, the military is led by white men, almost all religious leaders are men and most of them are white men. The majority of professors are white men and so is the majority of famous writers, painters and sculptors. There are more men on television than women, and men have more speaking roles in movies.
Indeed, it is very hard to think of any powerful roles which are not held by that horribly oppressed group: white American men.
According to Venker, the oppression of men begins in childhood:
The war on men actually begins in grade school, where boys are at a distinct disadvantage. Not only are curriculums centered on girls’, rather than boys,’ interests, the emphasis in these grades is on sitting still at a desk.
Plus, many schools have eliminated recess. Such an environment is unhealthy for boys, for they are active by nature and need to run around. And when they can’t sit still teachers and administrators often wrongly attribute their restlessness to ADD or ADHD. The message is clear: boys are just unruly girls.