Cloister the Men!

I was pondering the other day about biological differences between men and women.  While I am certain there are average differences in many categories, as I explained previously, a difference in mean does not imply that we can make any a priori assumptions about the individual nature of any woman or man we might meet.

But it is often been a common argument from men who aren’t interested in gender equality to say that a patriarchy is simply because of the difference in the nature of men and women.  The world is as it should be at the women must accept their place and not interfere with the nature of things.  In thinking about history and the state of the world today, I thought, if this were in fact true, the conclusion one must arrive at if we are to at least acknowledge the humanity of women is that men are a serious threat to safety and well-being.

From a purely statistical view point, the damage done by men in this world is astounding.  Let’s look at political leadership. In 2017 only 8 women held the highest political office in their country.  This is a drop from the highest number which was 17.  That’s less than 10%, at our best, of all the countries in the world.  Only 22.8% of elected offices are held by women.  This is up from 11.3% in 1995.  The picture gets bleaker the further back you go.  Through war and bloodshed, throughout human history there is one commonality among these stories.  Men.  Male leaders, male generals, male soldiers.  Now I am not saying you won’t find some women scattered in there, but the percentage is overwhelmingly low.

The picture doesn’t get much better when you look at religions.  Most deities are men, most males play prominent roles in religious stories, and women are usually the troublemakers, tempting men to their end and punishing us all in kind.  Clergy are largely men from Brahmans to Pastors. And yes things have got a bit better, but research shows that currently in the U.S. only 10% of congregations are led by a female.  And again it gets worse if you go back into the past.  So if you’re looking at a history of religious persecution and oppression, the cloistering of education and literacy which typically only happened at religious institutions where women weren’t allowed, the common denominator is once again men.

Let’s now go down in scale, away from the level of nations and large institutions.  About 90% of murders are committed by men.  Like all those stories about mass shooters?  You know what they have in common?  It isn’t jihad or domestic terrorism…it’s…you guessed it.  Men.  About 75 percent of all legal felonies are committed by men and 96% of domestic violence convictions are of men.  Before you say that there are men being physically abused too by spouses and aren’t being believed, let’s just call it a wash with other women who are being physically abused in similar situations and can’t report because they are too afraid, are not being believed, or lived in a culture that supports men’s right to beat their wives.  When it comes to rape, 1 and 6 women report being a victim of rape.  Compare that to about 1 in 33 of men report being a victim of rape.  And at least half of those rape victims are being raped by other men.

And it doesn’t get any better for child molestation.   Ninety-six percent of the child molestation incidences reported to police were perpetrated by males.

Now if any MRA members are reading all this, I’m sure you are getting ready to weaponize yourself with facts on the under-reporting of the bad women out there.  Again, I don’t doubt that there are, but any claim that the proportions are anywhere close to equal, you are simply going to lose that battle.  Once again, the proportion of under-reporting for violence committed against females is still very high.  From a percentage standpoint, you aren’t going to gain much ground.

Based on history and present day, it would seem the best thing to do, for the protection of all people is to cloister men.  Keep them at home, doing house chores to occupy their time.  Their obsession with power mixed with apparently too much free time seems to have terribly violent ends.  Perhaps spending more time with children will help them understand why all the excessive killing is harmful.  I have no doubt there are some good men out there and this seems really unfair to them but I think when you really look at the violence that has been perpetrated by men to women and even other men, leaving the house is something you should probably ask permission for from a female. And you should probably only be out with a female so they can keep an eye on you to make sure you don’t pull out any weapons, or try to rape somebody.  I’d say you’d need a female boss or foreman at work, but the jobs men should get are very limited owing that having too many men in public seems to be extremely dangerous.  When out, men should stay in well lit areas, and perhaps some sort of secure undergarment so you don’t whip it out casually in hopes that a random woman on the street will want to see it.  Curfews and modesty are the key I think.  If it’s true that we recognize women as humans this seems like sensible policy.  I suspect that the long history of dehumanizing women is the reason why this hasn’t happened.

Is it true that given equal education a woman could have just as easily come up with the First Law of Thermodynamics or the Universal Law of Gravitation?  This seems likely, but I’m not sure that our world of violence isn’t largely the cause of men.  You may say this isn’t true, and you may be right, but I for one am happy to give women the reins (and reigns) for awhile and give them a chance to see if they can do it as badly as men.  Only then can we have an honest conversation about the true nature of men and women and who is fit for power, rather than just who has power.

“Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”


12 thoughts on “Cloister the Men!

  1. Totally agree. Men are more predisposed to aggressive behavior, which explains the shape we’re in, while women are likely to consider the long term consequences, particularly on children, before taking any action. I’m for female leaders all the way.

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    1. Yes I do think the proportion should be higher, but I do think that there is value at times of being aggressive and also risk taking which also tends to be an on average male quality. I think leadership ultimately does require a diversity of attitudes to work in concert with each other and find compromise, On average I would the proportion of women in leadership should be greater. That’s just my feeling…but I think it should be more like 60-50, or 65-35. A far cry from where we are now.

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  2. Edit: a difference in mean does not mean

    Women can behave just as badly as men.

    When thinking about women in science my mind is always drawn to Cecilia Payne, the doctoral student to Eddington who never ‘graduated’ because of her sex. What a mind.

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    1. Also it’s amazing how stuck up the UK was back in the day. I recently watched the movie Infinity about Ramanujan and how resistant Cambridge was to promoting an Indian to the rank of Fellow, not to mention many of them resistant to his ideas simply because he was an Indian. I read a bit more about him after the movie. He seems a truly remarkable fellow. Shame he died so young.


  3. I’m pretty sure I would start beating my kids if I was forced to stay home with them all day…

    On a somewhat related note: Evelyn (my 6 year old daughter) current future career is to be an engineer (she’s off astronaut since she found out they drink recycled pee). A few weeks ago we were waiting in the van and she asked me why there weren’t more girls at my work (we have one woman out of seven employees). I said that there aren’t as many women as men in physics and engineering, so when we need to hire someone new, we don’t have very many female candidates (or none at all). In fact we recently offered a job to a woman who is a technologist, but she accepted an offer from another company. I was taken off guard when Evelyn responded, “Does that mean I shouldn’t be an engineer?” I hope that I was able to convey she should do what she wants regardless of what other people are doing, but I was somewhat speechless at the time.

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    1. You would not beat your kids. Shut up! lol

      That is sort of alarming, but I think maybe normal in terms of social development in that she is starting to identify with the gender she self-identifies with. But it does speak to how the world we grow up in defines our normal. Even if it was the case that women were on average less likely to be engineers it still wouldn’t be cause of course to assume any woman who wanted to be engineer wouldn’t make a good one. And it’s alarming to find out how much the human mind is looking essentially at the data of the number of female engineers and then thinking well I don’t fit because of my gender. It’s hard to argue though how much of nature it is and how much it is because of more patriarchal societal values. I doubt that any man feels the same way when he sees a dominance of females in the biological sciences. Hell I wished I was interested in pharmacy because there were like 80% females in that program at U of A and I couldn’t have been surrounded by scores of intelligent women to choose from. Meteorology was also very dominated by men when I want to school. But this has changed over the years and the new normal has allowed a fairly even distribution of men and women to continue enrolling in meteorology programs. Perhaps that’s the way to sell it to Evelyn (provided her career interests don’t change again in a year lol) that boundaries are meant to be broken and that engineering needs great female engineers so that more women can do the things that they love to do.


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