America has a gender equality problem, but it’s not one you’ll hear liberal feminists shrieking about any time soon.
While countless leftists have protested the widely disproved “gender pay gap” and pushed for more women in lucrative tech fields, they’re strangely silent on a real split between the sexes: deadly jobs.
On Saturday, University of Michigan economics professor Mark J. Perry shared updated information on the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Many of them were blue-collar, with logging workers and fishing workers having the highest fatality rates.
— Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) December 8, 2018
Here’s where it gets interesting: Almost all of the most dangerous jobs are done by men. Of the 20 occupations listed, all were over 75 percent male, and most were well over 90 percent male.
Amazingly, 92.5 percent of all U.S. workplace fatalities were men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Have you seen any feminists protesting that inequality recently?
In 2016, “4,803 men died on the job (92.5% of the total) compared to only 387 women (7.5% of the total),” Perry wrote.
“The ‘gender occupational fatality gap’ in 2016 was again considerable — more than 12 men died on the job in 2016 for every woman who died while working,” he continued.
Perry is working to call out the drastically different attitudes regarding “equality” when the facts don’t conveniently fit a liberal narrative.
“I introduced ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ in 2010 to bring public attention to the huge gender disparity in work-related deaths every year in the United States,” he explained.
“‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ tells us how many years and days into the future women will be able to continue to work before they will experience the same number of occupational fatalities that occurred for men in the previous year.”
For all the chatter from the left about “male privilege” and “the patriarchy,” it turns out that it is women who actually have significant privilege when it comes to, well, not dying for their paychecks.
“The next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ will occur more than 11 years from now – on May 30, 2029. That date symbolizes how far into the future women will be able to continue working before they experience the same loss of life that men experienced in 2017 from work-related deaths,” Perry said.
“Because women tend to work in safer occupations than men on average, they have the advantage of being able to work for more than years longer than men before they experience the same number of male occupational fatalities in a single year,” he summarized.
And the evil, much-maligned patriarchy? It turns out that to the chagrin of feminists, the country would grind to a screeching halt if men stopped working the tough — and often deadly — jobs that keep the economy running.
“Indeed, men are absolutely indispensable right now, invisible as it is to most feminists, who seem blind to the infrastructure that makes their own work lives possible,” Camile Paglia wrote in Time Magazine a few years back.
“It is overwhelmingly men who do the dirty, dangerous work of building roads, pouring concrete, laying bricks, tarring roofs, hanging electric wires, excavating natural gas and sewage lines, cutting and clearing trees, and bulldozing the landscape for housing developments,” Paglia added.
Of course, none of this is to say that women can’t seek blue-collar jobs. If a woman wants to become a lineman or logger, more power to her — although they should be honest about the difficulty.
And there’s no disputing that women are invaluable members of key professions like police work, which ranks as the 16th most deadly job in America.
But the fact remains that feminists and liberals overall have been terribly dishonest about gender equality in the workforce, and ignore demographic realities when they don’t suit their argument. One look at these figures makes it clear that men are underappreciated in America, all the whining about “the patriarchy” and “pink taxes” be damned.
Here’s the bottom line: Men and women are different. They have different attributes and interests, and are of course drawn to different occupations. There are always exceptions, but the trends back this up.
Instead of trying to pretend that the sexes are identical, maybe we should try to appreciate and value those differences.
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