WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG MEN GONE?
Remember that lyrical ballad by Peter, Paul, and Mary? That was back in the 1960s. Forty years later, hundreds of thousands of unmarried American women are asking themselves exactly the same question.
One of the reasons that so many women canít find a husband is that millions of men have declared a Marriage Strike. Men believe that family courts have become so unfair that in case of divorce, they will lose custody of their children and their ex will take them for all theyíre worth (www.ifeminists.net/introduction/edito rials/2004/0324roberts.html).
But thereís a second reason for the marriage gap. Most people have heard that gloomy statistic: American women outlive men by over five years. But maybe they havenít considered the effects of that longevity gap on women.
Throughout his life, the American male is relentlessly stalked by the Grim Reaper.
In his late teens, car accidents, suicides, and homicides claim three times more male victims than females. Beginning in their 30s, men must face the scourge of heart disease. In their 50s and 60s, itís the looming specter of cancer. And menís overall suicide rate is four times higher than among women.
Itís a public health disaster of epic proportions: For every one of the top 10 leading causes of death, men have a higher risk of death than women.
This demographic imbalance wreaks havoc on the lives of American women.
Consider this fact: The Census Bureau reports that among Americans in their 40s, there are 523,000 more women than men in that age group (http://eire.census.gov/popest/arch ives/national/nation2/intfile2-1.txt). If you are one of those half-million women, the sad truth is this -- you may never find your Prince Charming.
And as women age, their predicament worsens. In their fifties, the number of American women who have no prospect of finding their marital bliss tops the one million mark. Thatís a lot of women who must now face the prospect of spending their Golden Years alone.
Given that politicians often trip over each other to woo the womanís vote, one would expect to see a stream of government programs dedicated to helping men to live longer, healthier lives. But oddly, thatís not the case.
In fact, the reverse is true. The litany of womenís health programs reveals a gender agenda run amok:
How did this topsy-turvy situation arise?
Beginning in the early 1990s, feminist politicians like Pat Schroeder of Colorado and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland began to spread the rumor that women had been routinely excluded from medical research. Shrill headlines began to fill the New York Times and the womenís magazines. Soon everyone was believing the story, since everyone knows that feminists never tell a lie.
But the claim that women were shortchanged by medical research turns out to be one of the biggest deceptions ever foisted on an unsuspecting American public. This urban legend has been debunked by Cathy Young (http://reason.com/0105/co.cy.fa lse.shtml), Sally Satel (www.sallysatelmd.com/htm l/a-wsj01.html), and myself (www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/rob erts-carey4.html).
But the myth lives on, thanks to groups like the Society for Womenís Health Research (www.womens-health.org). Victimhood is so important to the feminist creed that it must be invented even where it never existed.
So for now, millions of American
women are destined to live out the rest of their lives in solitude,
betrayed by an ideology that once promised female liberation and a
© 2004 Carey Roberts - All Rights Reserved
Carey Roberts is an analyst and commentator on political correctness. His best-known work was an exposť on Marxism and radical feminism. Mr. Robertsí work has been cited on the Rush Limbaugh show.
Besides serving as a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, he has published in The Washington Times, LewRockwell.com, RenewAmerica.us, ifeminists.net, Menís News Daily, eco.freedom.org, The Federal Observer, Opinion Editorials, and The Right Report.
Previously, he served on active duty in the Army, was a professor of psychology, and was a citizen-lobbyist in the US Congress. In his spare time he admires Norman Rockwell paintings, collects antiques, and is an avid soccer fan. He now works as an independent researcher and consultant.
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"So for now, millions of American women are destined to live out the rest of their lives in solitude, betrayed by an ideology that once promised female liberation and a gender utopia."