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The idea that society systematically oppresses women is laughable. 85% of homeless are men, 76% of suicides are men, 70% of murder victims are men, 92% of workplace deaths are men, 97% of war deaths are men, and only 14% of men get custody after a divorce. With laws like the Equal Pay Act of 1963 women have achieved equality of opportunity, and yet so many of us subscribe to a toxic ideology called third wave feminism. You don’t need feminism because being female is not a disadvantage. In the Merriam Webster Dictionary the definition of feminism is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights.”. However, if third wave feminism was a movement towards equality why do we not see equal representation for the issues of both genders?  Taking on some romanticized victimhood of the patriarchy holding you down is cancerous to modern day gender relations. So lets focus on the facts, is third wave feminism as accurate as they claim? Firstly, let’s clarify. What is third wave feminism? According to Martha Rampton the director of the Center For Gender Equity at Pacific university “Third wave feminism began in the mid-90s and was informed by post-colonial and post-modern thinking. In this phase many constructs were destabilized, including the notions of universal womanhood, body, gender, sexuality and heteronormativity”. What it is that Ms. Rampton is describing is a little something called intersectionality, my first problem with third wave feminism.Intersectionality and dilution of real feminism”Intersectional theory was first developed in the 1970s and 80s by a group of african american feminist scholars and activists that accused the women’s movement of neglecting black women and misunderstanding oppression. They believed Pathologies like sexism and racism were connecting systems that create a complex arrangement of burdens and advantages.” (Christina Hoff Sommers aka the factual feminist). Originally the primary focus of intersectional feminism was on African American women. But the numbers of victims assuredly grew as you can see from this graph of the intersecting axes of privilege that has been published in many women’s studies textbooks. it’s just a conspiracy theory! Thinking there is a complex system of oppression specifically build to destroy you in every step of life is like believing the government is made up of reptilian child eating aliens, both sound ridiculous. Doesn’t making feminism about every victimized group defeat the purpose. . .  female oppression? Just taking a look on the National Organization for Women’s home page you see articles titles “Religion is no excuse for bigotry” and “immigration ban and why it matters”.  This is the problem with third wave feminism, you come to support women and get blasted with marxist theory and antifa protests. It has turned a once noble movement into an entire tribalistic ideology. Suddenly feminism includes anti-capitalism, anti-christian, anti-gun, and communism. It’s become a political party not an equality movement.Feminist MythsMoving on from third wave feminisms ideologies, let’s talk about its lies. The wage gap is probably one of the biggest lies of feminism, so big it was regurgitated by Barack Obama himself. It has been disavowed by Forbes magazine, time magazine and the foundation for economic education. Steven Horowitz from that same foundation accounts for the wage disparity “But why would people claim this is a myth? Two reasons. First, if the critics are claiming that the 80% number means that when men and women with the exact same skills and experience and preferences do the exact same work that women get paid 80 cents for every dollar men do, they are wrong. That is not what the 80% figure shows.Rather, that number is the ratio of female to male wages among full-time workers, across all kinds of jobs and regardless of the skills and preferences of the workers. That 80% is an aggregate – it is not an apples-to-apples comparison of men and women doing the same work. Thus, the claim that women get paid 80% of what men do for the same work is a myth.” Aside from this common, yet blatant misrepresentation for statistics there are a few other things you must factor in when comparing the wages of men and women. First of all it’s flat out illegal to pay someone less just for being a woman as per the equal pay act of 1963 which says, “No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work”. This would make the common statistic of 70 cents to the dollar an earnings gap not a gap of given wages. Its does not include factors like men spending more time at work and women generally going into lower paying but more fulfilling jobs like social work. It is also imperative to mention that women in men usually do gravitate towards different career choices. In a study conducted by  the foundation for economic education they found “When dividing our sample by gender, we find that women have a higher average preference for workplace hours flexibility, with an implied willingness-to-pay of 7.3% compared to 1% for men. Women also have a higher WTP for more secure jobs- they are willing to give up 4% of their salary for a percentage point lower probability of job dismissal (versus a 0.6% WTP for males). On the other hand, men have a higher WTP for jobs with higher earnings growth: they are willing to give up 3.4% of annual earnings for a job with a percentage point higher earnings growth (the corresponding estimate for women is a statistically insignificant 0.6%)” Another myth being that women own 1% of the world’s property. Queen Elizabeth alone owns 6.6 billion acres or 12% of the land. Now i get it the average women is no queen lizzy but according to 2014 Census Bureau data, there are 18,057,000 female homeowners in the United States alone. Another horrifying myth being 1 in 5 college women will be sexually assaulted. This campus sexual assault study was conducted by the national institute of justice in 2005 to 2007. Criminologist Alan fox and richard moran were prominent criticizers of this statistic saying “The estimated 19% sexual assault rate among college women is based on a survey at two large four-year universities, which might not accurately reflect our nation’s colleges overall. In addition, the survey had a large non-response rate, with the clear possibility that those who had been victimized were more apt to have completed the questionnaire, resulting in an inflated prevalence figure.” Fox and moran also mention that the study used an “overly broad definition of sexual assault. Respondents were counted as sexual assault victims if they had been subject to “attempted forced kissing” or engaged in intimate encounters while intoxicated.” as recorded in a time magazine article of their account. I feel like these myths and misuse of statistics is not only morally wrong but fear mongering, they are meant to evoke emotion and outrage. You can’t say that sexual assault is as prevalent on college campus as it is in congo the rape capital of the world. Inequality in education, ambition, and happiness

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