The idea of a conservative “war on women” is as silly as propaganda I was taught in college: …
What are these silly ideas:
- male and female genders are exactly equal
- any admission of differences between men and women is oppressive
- the only reason boys and girls behave differently is that they are taught differently
- if society would treat genders the same, behavior difference would vanish
Stossel earned a BA in Psychology from Princeton in 1969. About himself he wrote: “I daydreamed through half my classes at Princeton.” That figures. Stossel may have learned these silly ideas at Princeton, but his teachers likely would be astonished and dismayed by that.
Stossel goes on to argue that women ought to pay more than men for health insurance because their care costs more. Even if true, this idea is as silly as the ideas Stossel decries. As Annis Ford Eastman wrote in 1893:
(By the) recognition of the entire equality of man and woman as complementary parts of humanity–of one humanity. … This would mean equal opportunities for education on all lines to both sexes; the free use and development of all their powers; the sharing of by men and women in the great labor, in the results of which they have an equal interest, of framing, interpreting and executing the laws of society; equal advantages and protection under these laws, and equal representation in the government.
Rev. Eastman’s view is that men and women are partners in the human endevour, not complementary in the sense of master and servant. If this view was taught at Princeton, Stossel evidently slept through it.
Charging higher premiums for property in flood plains may serve to discourage building there. Persons ordinarily don’t choose their gender, so it makes no sense to penalize them for it. Stossel’s ideas are divisive; we are one humanity.
Stossel goes on to mock President Obama for advocating equal pay for equal work. For Stossel unequal pay reflects genetic differences rather than unfair discrimination.
Liberal social engineers may dream of a society where genders are exactly equal, but that’s nonsense. Men and women are different. We should celebrate that difference instead of claiming that women are victims.
I don’t buy it. Stossel’s argument is that biology is destiny (Freud), that gender differences justify injustice.
© William Hungerford – March 2014