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Friday, January 13, 2006

Feminism's Failings

Mona Charen reviews Kate O'Beirne's new book ""Women Who Make the World Worse". The book provides the quotes from women's libbers over the years and proves empirically how wrong most of their claims and predictions have been.

Charen mentions one facet of feminism that rankles me. Women in the military. I have no problem with them in the service. But they should have limited exposure to combat. Writes Charen:

Large numbers of women soldiers are mothers (single or married), leaving behind babies and young children. Nor is the participation of women in combat situations good for readiness or morale. Women have far higher rates of injuries and sick days than men, to say nothing of pregnancy, which in one famous case sidelined 10 percent of the women sailors on a Navy ship.

The equality movement seeks to have population representation in all occupations. It ignores culture and proclivities of nationalities and groups. History shows that such population representation has never occurred naturally around the world. And discrimination was not the slightest cause.

In Thomas Sowell's "The Quest for Cosmic Justice" and in a Hoover Digest article, he explains how Jews were some 6% of the population in Hungary and 11% in Poland:

but they were more than half of all the physicians in both countries, as well as being vastly overrepresented in commerce and other fields. In the early twentieth century, all of the firms in all of the industries producing the following products in Brazil’s state of Rio Grande do Sul were owned by people of German ancestry: trunks, stoves, paper, hats, neckties, leather, soap, glass, watches, beer, confections, and carriages.

As respect the advantage of men over women in combat, Charen writes of O'Beirne:

She quotes historian S.L.A. Marshall, who found that a man will overcome his fear and do what he must because he risks losing "the one thing he is likely to value more highly than life -- his reputation as a man among men."

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