Columnist Katie Jgln is one of those activists who loves to promote Leftist narratives about men and marriage. Like many feminists, Jgln (that’s how she really spells her name) reflexively blames the “patriarchy” whenever things don’t turn out the way she might like.
During last summer’s defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, for example, JgIn made this claim:
“Because if there’s one thing this whole situation is actually a perfect example of, it’s how the patriarchy — the social system feminism is fighting to dismantle — works.”
Heard admitted to being a domestic abuser when she lectured Depp, “I did not punch you, I was hitting you.” And persons who watched the trial, myself included, doubted the truthfulness of many of Amber’s statements. An article published in the Journal of Forensic Psychology Research concluded that indeed, Heard was an inveterate liar.
So much for Jgln’s rant that irrationally concludes, “I will continue to believe women — and you should, too.”
So what do the words Patriarchy and Matriarchy actually mean? Patriarchy refers to a society or government that is ruled by men. And Matriarchy refers to a society or government that is ruled by women.
Three hundred years ago, women didn’t have the right to vote and all lawmakers were men. The United States was a patriarchal society. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman ever elected to Congress. Four years later, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. And things began to change.
A century later, we are witnessing a dramatic reversal. Here are three examples:
1. In the United States, men live an average of 74 years. And women live an average of 80 years, six years longer than men. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has five offices for women’s health, and zero offices of men’s health. What?
2. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more men than women are victims of domestic violence every year. But the federal Office on Violence Against Women refuses to acknowledge the existence of male victims of domestic violence.
3. The criminal system is much tougher on men. Studies have found that when a man and woman commit exactly the same crime, the male is more likely to be arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and sent to jail.
These are just three of the many examples of sex disparities that bedevil our society and violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection guarantee. So much for the feminist fable about the dreaded Patriarchy.
The irony is that the feminist movement claims to be all about “gender equality.” But I’ve never seen a feminist organization do anything to help men when men are on the short end of things.
So we need to ask, Has the United States become a matriarchal society?
Let’s look at the first item on our list, men’s health. In 2021, Rep. Donald Payne introduced the Men’s Health and Awareness and Improvement Act. The Act sought to establish an Office of Men’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services. Given that men are lagging on all major indicators of health status, this bill should have been a no-brainer. But it died in committee.
Regarding domestic violence, there’s the misnamed (and probably unconstitutional) Violence Against Women Act. When the U.S. Senate held a hearing on October 5, 2021 to reauthorize the law, all mention of male victims was swept under the rug.
Examples abound of the harsh treatment of men by the criminal system. Keeping in mind that more men than women are victims of domestic violence, one would expect the proportion of males and females arrested for domestic violence would be approximately even. But the Department of Justice documents that four out of five arrests for partner abuse are of men.
All three of these could be counted as triumphs for the Matriarchy.
A similar state of affairs exists in Europe, where men’s lifespans uniformly fall short, women are more likely to be the perpetrators of domestic violence, courts discriminate against men, and the vast majority of the wrongfully convicted are males.
Despite these facts, the European Union currently is debating the Istanbul Convention, which makes this Marxist-inspired claim: “Recognizing that violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between women and men, which have led to domination over, and discrimination against, women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women…”
So relax, Katie Jgln. The widely-maligned Patriarchy has been relegated to the dustbin of history. And if you truly care about gender equality, you should be railing against the modern-day emergence of the Matriarchy.
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