Headlining our debate on Sexism in the United States is the Oxford Dictionary's definition of what "Sexism" means and this will set the tone for the debate to follow:
Sexism: Prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.
Followed by Merriam Webster:
Sexism: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially
: discrimination against women
In my honest opinion I think the meaning of the word is an indication of where this is going. While I admit openly that there have been and currently are disparities in equality between Men and Women in the United States...I don't think the inequalities are biased heavily or more heavily against Women. There's a quiet, hushed side of this equation that has remained unnoticed and shunned for the majority of the History of the U.S.
My point is this:
1. Men have historically been held accountable, responsible, liable and reprehensible more heavily than Women.
2. Men are on the receiving side of more discrimination, prejudicial treatment, stereotyping and bias than Women are.
3. The benefits of being a Man are far outweighed by the benefits of being a Woman in our Country.
My supporting evidence is as follows:
1. The Legal System:
a. Being a Woman in the U.S. means that you are in a supremely better situation when it comes to criminal defense. Studies confirm that Women are treated absurdly better than Men in Criminal Court with Men receiving 63% longer sentences on average than Women for the exact same crimes. Women are also twice as likely to avoid incarceration if convicted than Men. The Gender gap is SIX TIMES larger than the racial disparity in Criminal Court. Not to mention that domestic violence by Women against Men is virtually an invisible crime.
b. From 1927 to 2012 it was not legally possible to be raped as a Man. Reporting non-consensual intercourse with a Woman as a Man to Legal Authorities was met with threats of punishment for false reporting. Men in the U.S. are historically required to pay child support EVEN WHEN THEY ARE THE VICTIM OF A JUDICIALLY RULED STATUTORY RAPE.
c. Gender Disparity is undeniable in the Judicial System with Family Courts being the poster child for Bias against Fathers. With such a high rate of divorce in the U.S. it's no wonder that the Family Court System is overflowing with custody proceedings and although studies show that only 4% of all custody matters in Family Court are contested by the Father, of those 4% (Roughly 96,400 Fathers/yr) a vast majority of the time the Courts award custody to the Mother.
d. In the U.S. it is a legal requirement that ALL Males at the age of 18 register for selective service. Failure to do so is a Felony, is actively punishable under law, will prevent you from voting, owning property or getting a job in the U.S. There is no such requirement for Women nor has there ever been.https://nationalparentsorganization.org/blog/22457-studies-show-judicial-bias-against-dadshttps://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo/features/Pages/starr_gender_disparities.aspxhttps://dalrock.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/latest-u-s-custody-and-child-support-data/
2. The Education System:
a. Being a Male in school means that you are more likely to drop out. The Education System does not tolerate the predisposition of the Male instinct, boys are judged with undue harshness and with prejudice.
b. In the view that has prevailed in American education over the past
decade, boys are resented, both as the unfairly privileged sex and as
obstacles on the path to gender justice for girls. However, a review of the facts shows boys, not girls, on the weak side of an
education gender gap. The typical boy is a year and a half behind the
typical girl in reading and writing; he is less committed to school and
less likely to go to college.
c. There are four times the amount of Scholarships specifically designed for Women only as opposed to Scholarships designed only for Men.
d. In the U.S., 60 Women will attend college for every 40 Men.http://ideas.time.com/2013/02/06/do-teachers-really-discriminate-against-boys/https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/05/the-war-against-boys/304659/https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/student-loans/4x-scholarships-women/
3. The Economy:
a. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate for Women is 20% lower than for Men. Instead of addressing the issue, the government actually gives businesses owned by Women special preferences in obtaining Government contracts and offers tax-payer backed small business loans for Women only.
b. In the workplace, you will find mentor programs, specialized training and fast-track options that are exclusively for Women while no such programs exist for Men. This is mainly due to the presumption that Men have an upper hand in the economy while none of the evidence supports it.
c. Men are pressured into studying "high
paying/high return" majors such as engineering, finance, CS etc. because
they are expected to support a family and earn enough to do so.
4. The Social World:
Lastly, the word "Coward". This is a prime example of Sexism in the United States. Have you ever heard a Woman referred to as a "Coward"? You most likely never will. The term is exclusively used to describe a Man who lacks the courage to do something he should do.
A Mother is driving her Mini-van down the highway with her child inside when she loses control after one of her tires runs flat. The Mini-van flips over uncontrollably and comes to a stop upside-down. The vehicle catches fire and the Mother, fearing for her life, crawls out and cannot get near the vehicle without setting herself aflame. After several attempts she backs away from the vehicle due the the sheer heat and her child dies in the fire. Is she a "Coward"? Of course not. But if it were the Child's Father...well that's a different story. Say the Father tried but after realizing he would be fatally burned decided to run away from the vehicle, leaving his child inside....yep...he's a Coward. This is Sexist Culture. "Women and Children first".