I would never have guessed, but I am apparently a second class citizen. No, not by virtue of being an atheist but by virtue of being male. And to make things worse, a white male. And still worse, a straight white male. In the real world, that makes me extraordinarily privileged; on Planet Wingnuttia, where Suzanne Venker lives, that makes me a second class citizen.
In November of last year, I wrote an article for Fox News called The War on Men (which I subsequently expanded to an eBook). To keep it pithy, in the piece I focused on one effect of this war: the lack of marriageable men. But there’s so much more to it. The truth is, men have become second-class citizens.
The most obvious proof is male bashing in the media. It is rampant and irrefutable. From sit-coms and commercials that portray dad as an idiot to biased news reports about the state of American men, males are pounced on left and right.
Biased reports about the state of American men? Hmmm. You mean like if someone wrote a book claiming that there is a lack of marriageable men because we’ve all allegedly been emasculated by uppity women? That kind of false report on the state of American men? And it’s funny, I don’t feel like a second class citizen. I feel like I’m part of a group that has ruled this country from the very beginning and continues to do so. Seriously, how could someone live in a country where more than 80% of the seats in Congress are held by men (the lowest percentage ever, incidentally) and we’ve never elected a woman president and actually believe that men are second class citizens?
Title IX is also abused when it comes to sex. In 1977, a group of women at Yale used Title IX to claim sexual harassment and violence constitute discrimination against women.
Genuine harassment and violence should be punishable offenses, obviously. But the college campus is a breeding ground for sexual activity, which makes determining wrongdoing (and using Title IX to prove it) extremely difficult. Sexual misconduct does not necessarily constitute harassment—and women have as much of a role to play as men do.
No, no, no. The fact that men and women have sex on college campuses does not make it any more difficult in determining sexual harassment and assault than if everyone on campus was still a virgin. The existence of consensual sexual activity does not make non-consensual sexual activity any more difficult to identify.
Yet it is males who suffer in our society. From boyhood through adulthood, the White American Male must fight his way through a litany of taunts, assumptions and grievances about his very existence. His oppression is unlike anything American women have faced. Unlike women, however, men don’t organize and form groups when they’ve been persecuted. They just bow out of the game.
We do? I mean, I never have. No one I know ever has. Men still seem to be in charge of almost everything. Who exactly has “bowed out of the game”? And what game is she talking about? This is so counter-factual as to be downright perverse.