Lol you can make stupid lists like that to support either point of view:
(Original post by NYU2012)
Do men have to worry about access to birth control? No.
Do they have to worry about pregnancy? No.
Do they have to worry about access to abortions? No.
Do men have any say in the fate of an unborn child which he is the "father" of? No.
Do women have to worry about access to their child after a divorce? No.
Do men get equal access to their child in the case of a divorce? No.
Do women get arrested as much as men do? No.
Do men live as long as women do? No.
Actually, young women make more money than young men (ie, before lots of them have children). Whenever women are taking time out to have children, it's obvious that's going to have an impact on career progression.
Do women make as much money as men? No.
Do women hold as high positions as men, on average? No.
Do men have to worry about employment rights/employment termination during pregnancy? No.
Are single fathers coerced into prostitution are often as are single mothers? No.
Last edited by Chief Wiggum; 04-08-2012 at 16:29.
Men generally have it easier. Although gay men have a comparatively tough time of it. They are constantly antagonized by demeaning debates over whether or not their sexuality is a choice; whether it is moral; what legal protections they should have. In addition, they have the crudest stereotypes precede them (in the minds of some), which poisonously misrepresents reality.
Other members of the LGBT group face similar difficulties. But gay men, and transgendered men and women are singled out more than bisexuals or lesbians.
Last edited by Sean9001; 04-08-2012 at 17:25.
Sorry, this is very rushed but in response I'd say what you are describing fits for Non-Western societies/the UK twenty years ago. But for the UK today:
Do men have to worry about access to birth control? Do women anymore? Not in Western society where access to condoms and the morning after pill is so widely spread. I'd understand about women worried about men not using condoms, but the access to them is fine. (Most sexual health clinics even give them away for free).
Do they have to worry about pregnancy? Yes, for the very least because of the financial implications (maintenance).
Do they have to worry about access to abortions? Kind of, in the sense that they currently have no legal say with abortions. It's a difficult one sure (as you can never expect the mother to carry a child against her will), but its still very unfair on fathers who might want children.
Do women make as much money as men? This depends on the job, the level etc. Women often earn less but often have less to spend (cheaper insurance, changing in December though). The idea of men as the provider (a straining position on men as well as damaging for women's rights) is still very very prevalent in society. How many women would be happy for a man to ask her to pay on a date? Quite frankly, many women can "profit" from a male-centric society (as demonstrated in the link another user provided). You also can't ignore maternity leave (men are statistically unlikely to become pregnant and require leave) and so perhaps this "influences" (rightly or wrongly) the wage patterns.
Do women hold as high positions as men, on average? Yes and no. There exists what can be described as a glass ceiling for women and a dirt floor for men. Yes women struggle to reach the highest positions, but likewise men struggle to leave the lowest paid positions. Reverse discrimination? If you are concerned about statistics look at unemployment figures and minimum wage statistics, men are not doing great (men certainly aren't all fat cats which seems to be what you are arguing). I'd argue that in 10-20 years time this will be irrelevant, judging by the mass shift from many "professional" university course (law, business etc) being male-dominated to female-dominated courses. Look at female/male school-results as well, I don't think we should be solely worried about women anymore.
Do men have to worry about employment rights/employment termination during pregnancy? Yes, men have shorter paternity leave then women. Women are largely protected by the law on termination, I think most employers would be too scared to risk an unfair dismissal lawsuit in our modern rights-aware society.
Are single fathers coerced into prostitution are often as are single mothers? What single fathers? Its a fact that single fathers are a rare breed (often due to them losing custody cases), so obviously we will have clearer statistics on women on this matter. I'd hardly say that is a common problem in the UK, and besides, men earn less (see that: MEN EARNING LESS) in porn so it probably would not be a financially sensible option for them if they were struggling (instead they would probably look for other possibly risky work/hard labor).
Are men as sexualized as women? As sexualised? Perhaps not yet, but it's certainly getting there. The liberation of women's sexuality has made it more acceptable for women to "objectify" men (if you don't believe this, come into my workplace and listen to women crudely describing what "they would do to" an presumably unwilling Channing Tatum/Jason Statham/Any other attractive male etc). If anything it is more acceptable for women to sexualise men: compare men going to a strip club v women. The men's behaviour would more than likely be seen in a negative light (seedy, exploitative, "dirty old men" etc) whereas the women's as positive (liberating, empowering, freeing).
Are men blamed for rape (victim blaming)? Of course they are, because they are legally the only perpetrators! If men weren't blamed for rape, surely it wouldn't be a crime? Of course there are instances where women are "partly blamed" for rape; i.e. the slut-walk-debate) which is of course wrong, but likewise you have false-rape accusations. Also there is a cultural shift now portraying all men as "predatory" (probably due to the paranoia over pedophiles driven by the Sun/NOTW in the 90s/00s).
In my opinion in the West neither sex has it easier, as it all balances out. Of course in Third World and Middle Eastern countries then yes, women face greater hardships.
Men might earn more but have shorter life spans/poorer health-care. Women might suffer greater biological hardship (childbirth/periods) but have greater custody rights (as a result of said hardship/the prenatal-bonding argument).
Last edited by RJ555; 04-08-2012 at 18:42.