Friday, 18 May 2012

Do MALES suffer worst sexism?

Provocative argument in an article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/may/13/men-victims-new-oppression that men suffer worse sexism than women, a claim made in a new book by South African philosophy professor David Benatar - one of several to be publsihed recently making similar claims. The article provoked an incredible 746 comments!
You can read a rebuttal of this claim by feminist columnist Suzanne Moore at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/16/second-sexism-men-blaming-feminism.

Lagging at school, the butt of cruel jokes: are males the new Second Sex?

They work longer hours, face economic insecurity and suffer worse health. Now their feckless ways are lampooned in the media. A controversial new book argues that men increasingly face a prejudice that dare not speak its name
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Men are the victims of reverse sexism, according to a new book.
You might not have realised it, but men are being oppressed. In many walks of life, they are routinely discriminated against in ways women are not. So unrecognised is this phenomenon that the mere mention of it will appear laughable to some.
That, at least, is the premise of a book by a South African philosophy professor which claims that sexism against men is a widespread yet unspoken malaise. In The Second Sexism, shortly to be published in the UK, David Benatar, head of the philosophy department at Cape Town University, argues that "more boys drop out of school, fewer men earn degrees, more men die younger, more are incarcerated" and that the issue is so under-researched it has become the prejudice that dare not speak its name.