Ezra does an excellent job of refuting this widely absurd post at Bitch, PhD. I have not been a regular reader of her website, but after reading this post I’ll be checking it out on a regular basis. One quick tip to her though, go read this book. I must preface the rest of my comments by saying that I am a white, middle class male and I hope I don’t offend anyone.
I personally don’t have much sympathy for the feminist movement because of the manner in which it is often conducted. I certainly believe women are equals, there needs to be much work done in raising their equality and they face many hardships that men do not have to face. I do however place then in the same groupings as many religious sects, environmentalists and many other groups that believe the world is ending because of the actions of others and that the current circumstances are the fault of others.
I am in a graduate class of 25 students, 18 of which are females. I went to undergraduate school at a college that was 55 percent female; my current school is over 50 percent. I challenge anyone to find a college that is not primarily based on math that does not have a female majority. I bring up this issue because it is one in a long list that refutes the main railing cry of feminists that men are holding women back. If anything, it is time holding women back. I firmly believe that as the current women in their 20s grow older, barrier after barrier will fall. As the current group of leaders retires, their jobs will be increasingly filled by women. It is hard to have lots of high-level women in positions of power with so few women going to college for something other then teaching or nursing which was the case during 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s; as this has changed so will the role of women in society.
One final comment: one of my biggest pet peeves is the fact that women want total equality-except when it comes to fighting our wars. Do you see many women protesting that females should have to sign up for the draft? There is nothing that creates more equality then dying for you country, if you want true equality you have to take it in all its forms, not just the ones you want.