Feminist Myths are commonly perpetrated 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 make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes
- Although technically correct, this figure is misleading as it implies that a woman will earn less than a man for the same job. The 77-cents-on-the-dollar statistic is calculated by dividing the median earnings of all women working full-time by the median earnings of all men working full-time. But these calculations do not reveal a gender wage injustice because it does not take into account occupation, position, education, or hours worked per week. A study by the American Association of University Women, a feminist organization, shows that the actual wage gap shrinks to only 6.6 cents when you factor in different choices men and women make. The small wage gap that does exist has nothing to do with paying women less or sexism, but rather differences in individual career choices that men and women make. Even within the same profession, men and women make different career choices that impact how much money they make. For example, in nursing, where male nurses on the whole earn 18% more than female nurses. Male nurses gravitate to the best-paying nursing specialties, they work longer hours and disproportionately find jobs in cities with the highest compensation. Nobody knows for sure why there even is a gender wage gap, as there are too many variables that drive wages, but it only exists to the point of vanishing.
- 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 organization to organization. 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 institutionalized 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.