While there’s undoubtedly many obstacles and laws that can make life hard for both men and women, an American journalist has opened a can of worms by arguing men have it tougher than women.
Writing an opinion piece for the New York Post, Karol Markowicz made note of a recent moment that made headlines across the United States when Californian Senator Kamala Harris, arguing about abortion laws, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to name a law that gave the government similar power to make decisions about the male body.
If Kavanaugh had of taken a moment to think about it, Markowicz wrote, he could have pointed out America’s Selective Service law, where all males between 18 and 25 must register with the system in case of military conscription, similar to the law that saw thousands of Australian men sent to Vietnam in the 1960s and ’70s.
“Had Kavanaugh thought of that answer, it would have exposed a hidden truth: Being female is amazing,” Markowicz wrote. “Meanwhile, being a man does not seem like a good thing at all.”
She argued that although men don’t offer up their seats or hold doors open for women as much now as they did in the past, being a woman is “more pleasant than being a man”. Markowicz noted that 98 per cent of America’s 2,346 military deaths were men and that 92 per cent of workplace deaths are also male.
Men are also more highly employed as truck drivers, steel workers, fishers and loggers, which are not only dangerous, gruelling and smelly, but jobs many women wouldn’t consider, she wrote. For those with office jobs, she noticed they were regularly forced to wear suits – even in stifling summer heat. Meanwhile, women were given the freedom to wear sleeveless dresses and bare legs, while she argued men more often work longer hours than women.
Working life aside, she used homelessness data from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to back up her controversial claim and said that men were more likely than women to be homeless. In her piece, she also said it was men who die younger, were more likely to end their own lives, more likely to be jailed and less likely to go to college.
“No one ever asks men what they plan to do after the baby is born because the answer is always to continue working,” she wrote. “On a sinking ship, men are the last ones off. Sexism is a real problem, but it doesn’t trump every other problem.”
While Markowicz conceded women do have it tough at times, she claimed they have it made when compared to men.