Hurricane Names, Gynosympathy, and why Feminism gets a pass

hurricane-ivanResearchers are now claiming that hurricanes named for women are far more deadly than hurricanes named for men, because people expect the feminine storms to be less dangerous and thus fail to take precautions. The science seems fairly straightforward—the researchers relied not only on data from real hurricanes but also test subjects’ responses to the names of hypothetical hurricanes—but we are more interested in the interpretation than the methodology.

While recognizing that a clear gender bias was present, the researchers and media commentators failed to recognize the nature of the bias: people take violence (and, in fact, all violations of social norms) from women less seriously than the same behavior from men.

It’s an aspect of gynosympathy, our innate favoring of women over men, and this is a self-disguising bias that disrupts our minds from even noticing it: in order to recognize gynosympathy one has to recognize that women are doing bad things that the gynosympathetic bias doesn’t want us to evaluate properly.

Gynosympathy is why the judicial system’s bias in sentencing for men and women who commit the same crimes dwarfs the well-known sentencing disparity between whites and non-whites. For example, men who commit capital crimes are 20 times more likely to get the death penalty than women who commit the same crimes. Gynosympathy is also why the racial bias in sentencing is well-known while the much larger gender bias goes almost completely unaddressed and creates a false sense of male villainy that feeds Feminist propaganda.

In fact, gynosympathy explains why brazen pseudoscience, hate speech, and supremacist politics from Feminists, spread under the guise of women’s advocacy, is so widely tolerated when similar behavior from any other group promoting bogus grievances and supremacist politics would be nearly universally condemned.

For a striking visual example of gynosympathy in action, watch this video that shows drastically different reactions to male-on-female aggression and female-on-male aggression. The gynosympathetic reaction of the people in that video, anger at male abusers and amusement at female abusers, explains why Feminists can so successfully pinkwash domestic violence as an almost wholly male-on-female problem despite that research shows that women are in fact the majority of abusers.

People hear of a hurricane with a woman’s name and assume “she” won’t do much harm. It’s a bias innate in the human mind, exploited and reinforced by Feminism, that endangers lives and props up a supremacist legal regime. It’s time we started to take it seriously

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  1. Mitchell Pratt
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Maybe people assume “she” won’t do much harm, not because they “favor” her or “sympathize” with her, but because they DON’T RESPECT HER? These people weren’t taking the hurricanes seriously because of their names. Last I checked, not taking something seriously is the exact opposite of FAVORING it.
    As a man, I have been supported, privileged, and PRAISED by my country (USA) all my life. And as a feminist (one who advocates women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men) I find it inconceivable that anyone could honestly look at the situation in this country and think WOMEN are the ones in power here.
    Yes, I’m giving props to the women right now – how else are they supposed to catch up to your level?
    And c’mon – HURRICANE NAMES??? That’s REALLY an asset in your quest to give systemic misandry credence?