The question of gender is a controversial subject and frequently shows up in debate, questions such as: Are women and men paid the same? Are women in public office? Are women and men doing the same amount of housework? Is each gender chasing the same areas of study?
Many conclusions have been drawn by third-wave feminist and social justice warriors and their answer for these questions is:
Shockingly they are right. Whether you want to believe it or not women do earn, on average, less than men do. Men choose to follow studies in STEM related fields. Whereas, women tend to gather in more social and flexible jobs, like nursing, teaching, social work, gender studies and sociology. Although the latter is slightly ridiculous and impractical. What is common between these areas of study is that they tend to be lower paying jobs in comparison to engineering, science, and information technology.
Why is this the case?
It is the inescapable proof that women and men are fundamentally different.
Well regardless if you want to believe it, evidence shows that individual choice and biology are the culprit – contrary to the notion of “the patriarchy.” While there were some injustices that the original feminist chose to rightly and successfully take down in the workplace and in society during the late 19th to mid 20th century, it is well-defined that there is a difference between men and women.
Nowadays, women make up most of the college graduates, over men. The Bureau of Labor Statistics study suggests that, “women are more likely than men to have earned a bachelor’s degree by age 29”.
Women even make more than men in the start of their career, the Guardian states in an article “Women in their 20s earn more than men of same age”.
Although this is great and all, women have a low representation in Fortune 500 companies – representing only 6.4% – accounting for only 32 women CEOs. In addition, as of 2017, only 17% of startups have a female founder.
Now let’s have a look at the least attractive side of the workplace. In the waste disposal industry, women only make up 1 percent of the workforce. In the UK taxi driving industry, men make up 98 percent of drivers, and as of 2015 women comprise just under 6 percent of the U.S. truck driver population.
But wait this isn’t a result of sexism, these jobs suck, so let’s focus diversity and equality to more desirable jobs!
Surely, this isn’t because feminism is trying to provide women a legally backed advantage over men. . .
James Damore, the recent google engineer who critiqued googles diversity policies took issue with how google alienated conservative political view points and placed diversity over skills. Rather than being caused by institutionalized sexism, Demore’s memo stated that the average difference between male and women employees were due to their biology – which he backed up with scientific studies – you can find this elsewhere.
Before jumping into conclusions, let’s just take a deep breath and try not to be offended for just a moment.
College majors, generally, presuppose the career choices of students after they leave school and enter the workforce. The programs dominated by women tend to be social and compassionate – resulting in lower paying jobs; whereas, men tend to follow majors that are more objective and analytical – resulting in higher paying jobs.
Surely this graph reflects the student’s choice in their major, rather than a forced world view of the patriarchy. . . The wage gap is there because women choose to pursue careers that relate to their maternal caregiving nature. These fields are in no way less important, nor are they less valuable.
Third-wave feminist would vouch that it is a product of society more specifically – “social conditioning.”
“Women are choosing these careers because that is how they are taught, and men, well men, they just choose masculine jobs because their masculinity is fragile!” – SJW.
What if our biology is different?
That actually happens to be the case… our brains are wired differently.
As an article from LiveScience.com puts it, “The research, which involved imaging the brains of nearly 1,000 adolescents, found that male brains had more connections within hemispheres, whereas female brains were more connected between hemispheres. The results, which apply to the population as a whole and not individuals, suggest that male brains may be optimized for motor skills, and female brains may be optimized for combining analytical and intuitive thinking.”
Ragini Verma, an associate professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, who is featured in this article said, “On average, men connect front to back [parts of the brain] more strongly than women,” whereas “women have stronger connections left to right.”
The article continues to say, “Previous studies have found behavioral differences between men and women. For example, women may have better verbal memory and social cognition, whereas men may have better motor and spatial skills, on average. Brain imaging studies have shown that women have a higher percentage of gray matter, the computational tissue of the brain, while men have a higher percentage of white matter, the connective cables of the brain.”
Finally, it provides a study that concludes “sex differences in favor of boys are present on spatial tasks by age 4 ½. . . The writing scores of female 8th graders were comparable with those of 11th grade males”
This post shouldn’t be taken to suggest that women and men are superior or more intelligent than the other; rather, it just shows that women and men are, generally, predisposed and attracted to certain fields of study. Studies are inductive and shouldn’t be used to lump an individual person to a generalized view of a group, yes, we should judge each person individually; yet, we shouldn’t be surprised of the difference between men and women after totaling up the choices that they choose.
The micro view is as important as the macro. The individual shows the unique characteristics, the group as a whole shows general trends and characteristics; turning the cheek does not erase the fact that there are differences and it would be intellectually dishonest to ignore them.