The silent bias in Time’s American Woman poll

As I re-read Time magazine’s recent poll numbers (26 Oct 2009, “The State of the American Woman”), the telling juxtapositions that jump out of the page at me simply can’t be passed over. What they say about our Feminism-saturated political culture simply cannot be denied.

The Two-Headed Elephant in the Room

For example, asked if “men resent women who have more power than they do,” 69 percent of women chose “agree” to 25 percent “disagree” while men were more evenly split 49-47.

This seems to tell a straightforward story — that men may be in denial about resentment to which women are more sensitive — until you look ahead a dozen stats or so to a question about whether “female bosses are harder to work for than male bosses.” Women were evenly split here, 45 percent agreeing vs. 46 percent disagreeing, while only 29 percent of men agreed compared to 59 percent disagreeing.

We see two things here. First, men seem to have a self-loathing Feminist bias against their own sex’s ability to work under women: significantly more men think men in general resent women with power than actually express that feeling in regard to their own individual relationships with female bosses!

And, on this issue, women have an even more negative bias against men than men do,* ironically even while they express greater discomfort with female bosses. Women tend to assume men have a misogynist professional bias when in fact women are more likely to express this misogyny.

Both genders, however, are fully on board thinking poorly of men.

Solve this Problem That Doesn’t Exist

Curiously enough, on many of the issues addressed in the Time poll, men and women expressed very similar opinions. For example, the ranking of seven life issues by importance (marriage, financial security, self-sufficiency, health, children, religious faith, and job fulfillment) were almost identical for men and women, women having a slightly higher preference for men of religious faith than vice versa. Which is ironic, considering how Feminists insistently indict religion as part of the Global Patriarchal Conspiracy against women.

Still, the percentages never differ by more than ten percentage points. Likewise, the numbers on “how would you describe your marriage or partnership” were nearly identical for Very Happy through Not Happy At All.

Still, there are other telling juxtapositions Time could have made, but chose not to. Asked whether “it is harder for a mother who works outside the home to establish a warm and secure relationship with her children than it is for a mother who does not work outside the home,” nearly twice as many women strongly disagreed as strongly agreed.

Yet, when asked if “businesses have … done enough to address the needs of modern families,” 84 percent disagreed. And, 54 percent of women chose “more flexible work hours or schedules” as “necessary for working parents,” almost four times the percentage of their second choice.

Now, if it is no harder for working women to establish warm and secure relationships than for women who don’t work, what deficit are businesses expected to address, exactly, with more flexible work hours/schedules? Compared this way (Time put these two stats on opposite margins of opposite pages) the response to the first question seems anxious and defensive.

Feminist supremacist hypocrisy is an obvious explanation for this seeming contradiction, compelling respondents to deny that women have a problem, except when the problem is reframed as someone else’s fault.

Knowing Silence Will Speak For Her

However, most telling is what’s missing from the poll altogether, including several questions that should have been asked out of a sense of gender equity and full coverage.

For example, returning to the issue of power and resentment, where is the question about whether “women resent men who have more power than they do.” In the context of questions about female vs. male bosses, it seems fair to turn the resentment question in both directions as well. Yet, Time chose not to do this.

And, while men and women were both asked if “it is possible for a woman to have a fulfilling life if she remains single” (54 percent of women strongly agree, compared to 38 percent of men) there is no similar question about single men. What seems like men’s insistence on women’s need for relationships could, in fact, be revealed as a greater valuation of relationships in general on the part of men.

After all, perhaps counter-intuitively, men ranked above women in asserting that “it is very important for a romantic partner” to give love and affection, have a family, and make major household decisions. Those are some very positive, cooperative, and respectful attitudes toward relationships.

Interestingly, the only aspect of a romantic partner’s role that women emphasized more? “Provide financial support.”

Now, there’s an untold story waiting to be written.

– Sam, from his personal blog archive.

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* While only 29 percent of men expressed greater discomfort with female than male bosses, more than twice a percentage of women (69 percent) thought that men feel this way, compared to 49 percent of men trashing their own sex on this issue. Where’s the story on sexist women believing men are twice as bigoted as they really are?

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