Feminist Myths are commonly perpetuated by the feminist agenda to give the impression that women have been (a) more unfairly treated in history than they actually have and (b) are unfairly treated today. Pushing these myths onto the public is intended to generate public support for the feminist movement and specific feminist issues, by creating "male guilt" and underlining the need for the equivalent of reparations (i.e. a sort of "affirmative action" for women).
In fact, feminist myths are resulting in inequality that disfavours men.
Common myths include:
- Women earn 25% less than men
- Although technically correct, this figure is misleading as it implies that a woman will earn less than a man for the same job. In fact, the figure is a result of a survey of all current full-time jobs, and does not account for the gaps between men and women in terms of occupation, experience, and work-time. In other words, it's not that men earn more for the same work - it's just than men tend to have more job experience as women drop out of the workforce for extended periods to raise child.
- Women have disproportionately less medical research funds allocated to issues that affect them
- Though true in the past, this effectively stopped happening in the 1980's. However, feminist groups refuse to acknowledge this.
- A third of emergency room visits by women are for injuries from domestic violence
- This wildly exaggerated figure is probably the result of continuous rounding up as the myth is spread from person to person, and organisation to organisation. The higher the figure, the more volatile the myth, and so the faster it spreads. The true figure, as determined by government figures, is closer to 1%. Official government figures for homosexual domestic partners who are victims of domestic violence are sketchy.
- Women are held back from careers by institutionalised paternalism
- This myth stems from the idea that, given the opportunity, just as many women would seek a career as do men. In reality, this is nowhere near the truth; women are far more likely to choose another life path (such as focusing on a family).
- Women, until the 1960s, were barred from education and/or literacy
- In actuality, while not necessarily in the public education system, most women DID get an education of sorts even before the 20th century, and in the 1900s, they had been taught in at the very least the public education system. In fact, besides acting as a housewife, the four main careers they had during the 1950s (schoolteacher, secretary, nurse, and flight attendant) all required some degree of literacy and educational backgrounds.