Saturday, February 13, 2016

5 feminist myths that will not die

Christina Hoff Summers reflects on five feminist fallacies. Here's a quick overview

MYTH 1: Women are half the world’s population, working two-thirds of the world’s working hours, receiving 10% of the world’s income, owning less than 1% of the world’s property.

Women in the US earn 4.5% of the world's income all by themselves!

MYTH 2: Between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are pressed into sexual slavery each year in the United States.

It is actually a few hundred girls and boys each year. This is still horrible, but much, much, MUCH smaller than the number more commonly quoted.

MYTH 3: In the United States, 22%–35% of women who visit hospital emergency rooms do so because of domestic violence.

The correct figure is less than one half of 1%. The misreported result overlooks the correct baseline: about 35% of women in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were attacked by intimates.

MYTH 4One in five in college women will be sexually assaulted.

The result is from a survey with a high non-response rate. That is, those with something to say are much more likely to respond. And sexual assault is broadly defined including as an example, "attempted forced kissing."

MYTH 5Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns—for doing the same work.

This result is the simple average of women's earnings vs men's earnings. It does not account for differences in hours worked per week, occupations, positions, etc.

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