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A recent poll about gender in America brought about some typical results. A vast majority of those polled said we still need to work for there to be equality between the sexes. Women report that they experience sexism, while men underestimate how much that happens. And everyone said that it was a better time to be a man than a woman. That is, except Republican men, who are convinced women have it better.
Over half of Republican men said it was a better time to be a woman in America. “It’s easier being a woman today than it is a man,” Dennis Halaszynski, 81, told the New York Times. “The white man is a low person on the totem pole. Everybody else is above the white man.” Ahh yes, the lowest person on the totem pole, a comparison a white man can steal from the native culture of the Pacific Northwest without shame!
White, cis men really do have it rough these days, and women are just soaring. For instance, one out of every six women has been the victim of sexual violence or attempted sexual violence in her lifetime, compared to just three percent of men. Poor men! They must feel so left out.
Women also have the luxury of being able to get abortions whenever they want. Let’s say this lucky woman lives in Lubbock, Texas. All she has to do is take a few days off work, drive four and a half hours to the closest clinic in Fort Worth, receive parental consent if she’s a minor, cross her fingers that she’s fewer than 20 weeks pregnant, receive mandatory counseling, be forced to look at an ultrasound of the fetus, wait 24 hours, and then get herself home after the procedure. Easy peasy!
Then there’s the whole issue of men in the workplace. So rough. They make up only 86 percent of leadership at companies in the S&P 500. And if they try to sexually assault women colleagues, they get arrested (sometimes). So unfair.
“Everything in general is in favor of a woman. No matter what happens in life, it seems like the man’s always at fault,” said Halaszynski. Yeah, wonder what would give anyone that idea.
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'