War On Women : The Gender War Caused By Radical Feminism

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War on Women: the Gender War caused by Radical Feminism Many will agree the United States– and the world– has come a long way in providing civil rights to all, regardless of race, religion, sex, and sexuality, among others. However, not all will agree to this– namely those who self-identify as “feminist.” Before I continue discussing the issue, I must disclaim I am of course in favor of equal rights and supporting those who have had rights denied– sometimes called “equity feminism.” However, the “nobility”– for lack of a better word– of feminism has become diminished by the actions and views of the contemporary women 's movement as a whole, which is often regarded to as “radical feminism.” In this, I hope to outline the logistical …show more content…

Again, I attribute this not only to the modern feminist movement but to society as a whole; however, I have noticed a trend among feminist leaders who blindly accept statistics without further examination and believe them to be true. This blind faith in statistics contributes to what I believe to be a wild overstatement of oppression in a society of prosperous women. For example, many feminists are eager to cite the common statistic that women earn, on average, only 76 cents for every dollar a man earns. Furthermore, it was found males were six times more likely enter science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than females. In order to combat this “problem,” there exists the Women’s Educational Equity movement, which uses the equity law Title IX to advance women in STEM fields through grants and programs specifically designed to “increase opportunities for women in technologically demanding workplaces” (CITE THE ACT HERE). This movement is made with the assumption that sexism and discrimination are the primary reasons why there are fewer women than men in STEM fields. However, when women account for 57% of all Bachelor’s Degrees and 59% of Master 's Degrees in 2011 it suggests there is not a lack of opportunity, but a lack of interest. The wage gap is a byproduct of this– it fails to account for high paying jobs found in high echelons (e.g., lawyer, engineer, etc.) and high risk jobs (e.g., telephone maintenance workers, oil well

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