This world of may seem to be in a state of constant flux, but even so, certain verities remain absolute. One of those is that the term “gender equality” continues to mean, not equality, but “more rights, more privileges, more money and more power for women and girls.” The very idea that men and boys may, in any area of life, society or culture, hold the short end of the equality stick is one that simply doesn’t exist in any meaningful way. Of all the countless people and organizations that wake up with the sun and crow their support for “gender equality,” few, if any, even consider the male half of the world’s population.
And so it is with the Gates Foundation that just announced a hefty $2.1 billion contribution over five years to promote – what else? - “gender equality.” What do they mean by the phrase? The foundation’s website is astonishingly short on specifics, but suffice it to say that, in all the verbiage on “gender equality,” there’s not a single mention of men or boys. That’s also true of the links it provides to other organizations such as the Generation Equality Forum, a United Nations organization that, in lockstep, ignores half the world’s population.
The foundation’s latest tsunami of cash on behalf of “gender equality” is intended “to help women obtain training and financial services, to increase access to contraceptives and to help elevate women into leadership roles in health, law and economics.” Just where those women are who need help with those things, the website doesn’t explain, but here in the U.S. and throughout the developed world, women often exceed men in many of those departments.
Now, it goes without saying that the Gates Foundation can spend its money any way it wants within the bounds of the law. If it wants to try to help women in, say, sub-Saharan Africa, it’s free to do so and will get no criticism from me. But what it’s not free to do is to call doing so “gender equality.” It’s not. It’s privileging women and girls over men and boys. After all, do men and boys in sub-Saharan Africa have no problems? Being dragooned at gunpoint into private militias to be raped, drugged and forced into combat to be killed or injured in wars in which they have no stake looks to some like a problem. Shouldn’t the Gates Foundation, in its noble drive for “gender equality,” take notice?
The Gates Foundation is a U.S. entity. It’s given grants in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
So it obviously cares about people in the U.S., but when it comes to “gender equality,” excludes men and boys.
Our Goal: To accelerate progress toward a more gender-equal world by addressing the barriers that keep women and girls from being fully active in their homes, economies, and societies.
See what I mean? The Gates Foundation, like almost every other organization, is simply blind to men and boys. The perfectly intelligent people who run it manage, via some deft mental sleight of hand, to stare at anti-male gender inequality and see nothing.
For example, since they’re concerned about access to contraception, why not fund the Parsemus Foundation and its social venture company, Revolution Contraceptives in their effort to complete human trials on the male contraceptive, Vasalgel? Vasalgel was developed in India under the name RISUG and consists of a one-time injection into the vas deferens that provides 100% contraception for up to 10 years with no side effects save for a day or two of minor discomfort at the injection site. Vasalgel would be a revolution in males’ power over their own reproduction, but into the bargain, its use would entirely relieve women of the need to take contraceptive measures, many of which do have side effects. But the Gates Foundation isn’t interested in either Vasalgel or men’s access to effective contraceptive methods.
Neither is it interested in equalizing the parental rights of fathers and mothers who divorce. Neither is it interested in equalizing the rights of fathers and mothers in adoption courts.
Paternity fraud? The foundation’s never heard of it. That it is everywhere entirely legal for a woman to lie to a man about paternity makes no impression on those who pretend to oppose inequality between men and women. Neither is the fact that, in France at least, it’s actually illegal for a man to seek DNA analysis to determine whether he is or is not the father of a child. He can only do so with a court order that’s issued in only about 9% of cases.
Should men have the equal right to avoid the consequences of conception, i.e., the right of legal surrender of rights and obligations to a child? After all, women’s power over men’s reproductive rights can be pretty close to complete, so why not make matters more equal? Bill and Melinda aren’t interested.
Neither is the foundation interested in the fact that men and boys who commit criminal offenses are subject to far harsher treatment by the criminal justice system at every phase of the process, from arrest to bail to charging to plea bargaining to conviction to sentencing to parole. Why not educate the police, judges and prosecutors about their anti-male bias? Wouldn’t that be a good way to spend some of that $2.1 billion?
Men live on average over four years less than women. Should the foundation set aside some money to look into the whys and wherefores of that? Apparently not.
Between 75% and 80% of suicides in this country are male, but that’s of no interest to the “gender equality” crowd, including Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation.
What about the fact that only some 43% of college students are male? That’s a pretty extreme case of gender inequality, but the Gates Foundation takes no notice.
Some 59% of high school dropouts are male. But that’s of no importance to the Gates Foundation that would rather look abroad for gender inequality than address anti-male inequality at home.
Registering with the Selective Service System on pain of conviction of a federal felony punishable by five years in prison, a $500,000 fine, the loss of voting rights in 44 states and the loss of countless job and professional opportunities? A male obligation only and therefore one unknown to Bill and Melinda Gates.
Then there’s the denigration of men and boys in all aspects of popular culture and on college campuses. The Gates Foundation neither knows nor cares.
Domestic violence? For over 45 years, we’ve known that women are as likely or more likely than men to be violent toward their domestic partners, but, in the U.S., the ratio of women’s DV shelters to men’s is about 500:1. Could some of that $2.1 billion go to fund shelters for men? It could, but it won’t.
I could go on indefinitely, but will spare the reader.
Mexican poet Octavio Paz once commented that, “When a society is corrupted, the first thing to gangrene is language. The critique of society, therefore, begins with grammar and with the re-establishment of meanings.”
A good place to start would be with the term “gender equality.”