July 2, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It seems the mainstream media produce a more or less constant stream of articles on family and the sexes that are so far below par intellectually that they truly belong on a bathroom wall somewhere instead of, as here, in the Atlantic (The Atlantic, 6/24/14). The last truly awful piece I wrote about here and here came to us from The New York Times. That was just over a week ago and made us wonder to what depths the “paper of record” might lower itself in pursuit of getting fathers once and for all out of the house and away from the kids.
The Atlantic piece is less serious and less offensive. It’s just your basic off-the-shelf pleading that’s straight from the latest Women’s Studies course. One Olga Khazan waxes indignant at men’s laziness as, according to her, revealed in the most recent American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She’s miffed that women do, on average, 51 minutes per day more household chores than do men. And she adds that they do more childcare and caring for other household members as well. Both of those claims are true.
And guess what. She’s angry about it and wants women generally to be as well.
Thus, a woman may be tempted to print out the following chart and slap it on the dining room table for their partner/husband/boyfriend/fiance/platonic male roommate to behold with his sad, wrong eyes:
“Sad, wrong eyes?” I’m going to guess that means something but sadly can’t imagine what. I’ve seen sad eyes before, but “wrong” ones? I’d like to get a gander at Khazan’s eyes; then I’d probably understand what “wrong eyes” look like.
As we all but invariably see, once gender feminists like Khazan find a factoid that fits their narrative of society, they quit reading. And so it is here. Khazan managed to read page one of the BLS chart, but didn’t make it all the way to page two. Had she struggled on that far, she’d have learned that those lay-about men of whom she’s so disdainful actually work more minutes per day than do the women.
Yes, as we’ve seen before, when we add up the time men spend on paid work, childcare and household duties and compare it with the time women spend on those same tasks, men do 16 minutes per day more than women. That’s because men spend 86 minutes more at the office or the plant than women do while women spend 70 minutes more at housework and “other” care.
Then of course there’s the fact, admitted even (especially?) by gender feminists, that men earn more than do women and we have a situation that likely discomfits the likes of Khazan and her sisters in arms. In a nutshell, men expend more effort at home and at work than do women and contribute more of what’s required to pay the rent, the food bill, the utilities, insurance, etc. Many women appreciate the fact.
But Khazan was too busy being indignant about imaginary injustices to notice the obvious. Face it, her belief in the overall debased nature of the male sex is just too powerful for her to question. Given that, any fact, any claim, regardless of how specious or incomplete will make it into her fictional narrative, as long as it supports her preconceived notions.
And the Atlantic, like the Times, will publish it. Is there no level to which these publications won’t descend? Can’t they get even the basics – like simple fact-checking – right?
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