Gender equality is indeed a myth

Yet for some reason, some bird named Beyonce Knowles is thoroughly puzzled as to why this vexing situation should exist:
The Grammy-award winner signed the essay using her hyphenated married name, Beyonce Knowles-Carter
'Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal?' she wrote. 
'We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.' 
Beyonce was not the only celebrity to contribute an essay to the free packet, as Eva Longoria wrote about the need to empower Latinas and basketball superstar LeBron James who wrote a letter in appreciation of his single mother. 
'You think LeBron James is a champion? Gloria James is a champion too. She's my champion,' he wrote. 
Beyonce has been a vocal proponent of female empowerment through her music for years- with Independent Woman and Who Run The World (Girls) among her biggest hits.
She has also been more vocal about the concept of feminism in press statements over the past year, including an April 2013 interview with British Vogue where she said that she is a modern-day feminist. 
'I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it's something that's pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept,' she explained after being criticized for calling her latest tour The Mrs Carter Show World Tour.

'But I'm happily married. I love my husband.'

This, ladies and gentlemen, is perhaps the best demonstration that I have yet seen of the folly of letting celebrities indulge themselves in Deep Thinking. Quite apart from the absurd and glaring errors of mathematics, logic, and simple empirical understanding of the issues, Ms. Knowles (or is it Mrs. Z?) shows quite clearly that she is thoroughly ignorant of the actual situation on the ground.

Women have, through use of government force, tilted the scales of society thoroughly in their favour. They receive more college degrees than men (though once you strip out all of the nonsense subjects like "Communications", "Sociology", "Gender Studies", "Education", and other such trash, and focus on degrees with actual value, men still outnumber women by huge margins). The same CBS article also points out that men experience higher unemployment rates than women do in the ongoing Great Depression 2.0. Once you control for time spent out of the workforce due to pregnancies, and due to the fact that women work shorter hours on average than men do, men and women earn basically the same wages for the same work. All of this information is freely available to anyone with a computer and at most half a brain.

What, exactly, is equal about any of this? More to the point, why should men and women be equal? As usual, the "modern feminist" completely fails to answer this.

I'm not a celebrity. I'm not some whiny MRA bitching about how unfair life is now that men are no longer equal with women. I'm just a dilettante with access to Google. And it took a hack like me less time to destroy Beyonce's attempt at intellectual depth than it did for her to write her essay. That should tell you something about the quality of her "thinking".

More generally, there is this quite deeply flawed assumption, buried throughout Beyonce's words, that equality is somehow achievable. Show me a society where full equality was achieved, and I will show you a society that failed. Completely, totally, and utterly. The very few honest and intellectually rigourous leftists out there will readily admit that if it were not for inequality, civilisation as we know it simply would not exist. I should probably expand on the evolutionary need for inequality in a future post, but for now I will leave you with a simple hypothesis to mull over:
Inequality is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for civilisation to begin and to grow.
This is something that the Beyonces of this world will never understand. They view the world through an absurdly privileged lens in which what ought to be triumphs over what is, despite literally millennia of evidence to the contrary.

One is indeed reminded of Einstein's famous epigram- "Only two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former".


Popular Posts