Girls dont need Obamas help with math. Kirsten Powers

When the White House announced a push to use Title IX— a law best known for increasing female participation in sports — to boost the number of women in the science, technology and math (STEM) fields, there wasnt much of a reaction. Thats because to most people, theres not much of a problem. Though the Obama administration claims that girls and women need government help because they are being discriminated against, that might be the opposite of whats happening.
Teacher Arlene Schlosser guides Katy Prendergast at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago.
2000 photo by Charles Bennett, AP
Teacher Arlene Schlosser guides Katy Prendergast at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago.
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Teacher Arlene Schlosser guides Katy Prendergast at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago.
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Women thrive in academia. Fifty-seven percent of college degrees and 60% of graduate degrees go to women. President Obama celebrated this fact on the 40th anniversary of Title IX last month, but ignored the new problem with no name: male underachievement. Instead of focusing on addressing this growing problem, the Obama administration is invoking the power of the U.S. government tackle a problem that doesnt exist. As a woman and an old-school feminist, I want to be the first to say: Thanks, but no thanks.
The End of Men
The liberal feminist groups that are pushing this agenda on the administration complain that women earn only 18% of the bachelors degrees in engineering and computer science. But in reality, that number is a very small part of the story of women in STEM fields. Turns out, women rule in biology with nearly 60% of all bachelors, masters and doctorates awarded to women. Notice that nobody is raging about that gender disparity despite the fact that Title IX protects the underrepresented sex, male or female. According to the Department of Education, no investigations into this or many other gender disparities in favor of girls and women in a variety of disciplines are pending.
Hanna Rosin, in her celebrated Atlantic article The End of Men, noted that women dominate todays colleges and professional schools — for every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the U.S., all but two are occupied primarily by women.
The End of Men sounds ominous. Naturally, the answer to this problem is to shove men out of their chosen fields to open spots for women who are likely already thriving in another discipline.
Auntie Sams agenda
We are asked to believe that an anti-female gender apartheid exists even though more than 40% of bachelors degrees awarded in the physical sciences and math go to women. . The National Womens Law Center complains that women need to be better represented in the STEM fields that are more lucrative. This condescendingly assumes that women dont already consider these things when choosing a career. They dont need Big Sister telling them whats best for them any more than a male student needs to be steered away from his English major toward something the government deems more economically suited to him.
Liberal feminism as applied to academia has become — to borrow H.L. Menckens phraseology — the haunting fear that somewhere, some woman is making a decision that doesnt align with the sisterhoods groupthink. If women dont want to be computer scientists, its not Uncle (or Auntie) Sams job to push them into it. The only legitimate role for White House officials is to enforce the law and ensure equal access in academia for all Americans, male or female. If they are truly concerned about gross gender inequities in academia, I point them to the psychology departments of America, where 72 % of degrees go to women.
Kirsten Powers is aDaily Beastcolumnist, Fox News political analyst and a member of the USA TODAY Board of Contributors.

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Ten Feminist Myths share this with your Gender Studies teacher, get an F?

A lie can get halfway around the world before truth puts its boots on. M. Twain
Hercules, as one of his labors, had to kill the Hydra, a creature with 9 heads that lived in a swamp. When Hercules cut off one head two more would appear. I sometimes have felt like Hercules trying to stop the myths and lies about men. I still recall the image in The Sorcerers Apprentice from the Walt Disney movies I watched decades ago. The apprentice ignored the warnings to not try magic until he was well trained but he messed with magic to get a broom to help him carry water he couldnt make it stop. As a flood started he used an ax to cut the broom in half but it just turned into two brooms. He cut those two in half and they became four. Then 8 and 16 and 32.
As a child watching the images the impression made by Walt Disney lasted. He was a genius with images, lighting and music. The helplessness and hopelessness of that boy trying to stop the torrent of water reminds me of the onslaught of lies and myths coming from many of the second and third wave gender feminists. I once naively thought that if I proved a lie or myth wrong, and then another, people would start to question gender feminists and ask for sources. Didnt happen. Soon the lies and myths escalated and become similar to what the KKK types said of Blacks: Blacks were prone to violence, rape, and many other crimes; blacks didnt care about families; were obsessed with sex; and worse of all, they are less evolved. All those same things have been said about men by gender feminists.
Horrible lies were told many years ago but like this one lives on in the press even today: The number one cause of birth defects were from husbands stomping on pregnant wives (How common was it, well, they didnt just say it was number one, why settle for number one when you can add More than all other reasons combined. Would you think that if you sent a certified letter telling them this was one of the worst things EVER said about anyone and that they could, you know, maybe fact check it, that they would either read the supportive info you had sent , or at least call the Center for Disease Control I would think that having received a return receipt letter with such information that they would worry that someone was going to prove they had the truth and were continuing to lie. TEN YEARS LATER they still run that story but here is The Rest of the Story if you call the CDC Center for Disease Control, you will find out its not number one or and certainly not more than all other causes combined ITS NOT LISTED as a cause.
You will hear that 99 percent of DV comes from men and in such homes child abuse is common. What isnt said is that mothers are more likely to initiated violence in a home with husbands and children. Whats not said is that more children are abused, beaten, broken and killed by mothers than by fathers. This isnt a gender issue, men and women s lives are generally different and so are their experiences and expressions of pain or rage. The point is, as there is no excuse for DV there is not excuse for lying about DV or child abuse, or many of the other things that have been lied about by too many MSinformed men and women. The phrase DEAD BEAT DADS is known by 95% of adults while the fact that women adjudicated to pay child support had a worse payment record than men is not known by more than 1%. How is that possible, does it matter?
At this point in history lies and myths are rarely challenged. Most people assume where there is smoke there if fire. But consider that the following list BY WOMEN isnt a list that is reaching our children. For them its gender feminism disinformation 24/7 for years.

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Equal Opportunity Battery. Stop hiding female abuse of men, women and

EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY BATTERING. I am a California state-certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor. I work with the Lesbian Caucus for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA) and I am a survivor of same-sex rape. Although I cannot speak for every rape crisis or domestic violence cent, I can tell you this: There are centers that are beginning to realize that dykes are just as at risk [As straight women] of being abused and are less likely to seek help unless they address their homophobia and get the facts. Violence occurs in about 25 percent of queer relationships-thats the same as heterosexual relationships. If any reader is in a same-sex abusive relationship and would like more information, she can call CalCASA at (888) NO-1- RAPE MICKEY WILLIAMS lesbo2
For many years experts have claimed that DV touches all of us and that both genders are culpable. For many years the DV Industry has always put a male face on their posters and ignored female violence while claiming expertise that the dont have.
Today we know that using surprise, weapons, women who already are more likely to initiate violence in a home setting than men 70% of family violence is initiated by women and women inflict hundreds of thousands of injuries on men and kill hundreds of men and the courts didnt find self-defense as the reason when those women were sentenced. You might not believe those numbers but they are listed by the Department of Justice and although those numbers of male DV victims might seem high at 859,000 and the deaths high at 500 a year, those numbers would be MUCH higher if the courts were are ruthless about pursuing women in suspicious circumstances as they are about pursuing men. Also, men cant get away with the abuse excuse like many women have and when women hire men to kill, or get boyfriends to do it, often they are not listed as DV situations or the killer although the only reason the man died was because of her actions.
[You might not believe any of this after decades of feminist propaganda but you likely didnt believe women raped women either so grow up] All these safe-houses that yall are funding are teaching hatred and fear of men. Women who might have killed at one time can now get a restraining order against a man that has never threatened her or abused her by saying I feel threatened and then she gets the home, kids and cash. HE is on the street blamed by a woman that might likely have been the abuser. Its no wonder that the deaths of husbands by their partners has dropped dramatically over the years while the deaths of wives has shown little change. The women dont need to assault the man they just get the justice system to do it for them.
In 24% of marriages there is very slight abuse to much rarer beatings but feminist call all violence battery to get 4 million victims a year, one ever 14 seconds (Numbers that dont match) and the DV Industry ignore that half of those cases are mutual and 1/4th is just the female as aggressor and 1/4th just the male partner is the aggressor. For years the DV Industry claimed that 99% of all violence was male violence in the home. And YOU believed them and gave them billions to spread that story. Well, maybe not you, but Biden, Obama and the Clintons did.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights should even apply to men.

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
PREAMBLE
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

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The Ten Most Common Feminist Myths Courtesy of the Independent Womens Forum

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Are you tired of male-bashing and victimology?
Have you had your fill of feminist Ms./Information?
Have you been mislead by factually challenged professors?
TAKE THIS TEST:
Campus feminism is a kind of cult: as early as freshman orientation, professors begin spinning theories about how American women are oppressed under patriarchy. Here is a list of the most common feminist myths. If you believe two or more of these untruths, you may need deprogramming.
The Ten Most Common Feminist Myths:
1. Myth: One in four women in college has been the victim of rape or attempted rape.
Fact: This mother of all factoids is based on a fallacious feminist study commissioned by Ms. magazine. The researcher, Mary Koss, hand-picked by hard-line feminist Gloria Steinem, acknowledges that 73 percent of the young women she counted as rape victims were not aware they had been raped. Forty-three percent of them were dating their attacker again.
Rape is a uniquely horrible crime. That is why we need sober and responsible research. Women will not be helped by hyperbole and hysteria. Truth is no enemy of compassion, and falsehood is no friend.
(Nara Schoenberg and Sam Roe, The Making of an Epidemic, Toledo Blade, October 10, 1993; and Neil Gilbert, Examining the Facts: Advocacy Research Overstates the Incidence of Data and Acquaintance Rape, Current Controversies in Family Violence eds. Richard Gelles and Donileen Loseke, Newbury Park, CA.: Sage Publications, 1993, pp.120-132; and Campus Crime and Security, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 1997. *According to this study, campus police reported 1,310 forcible sex offenses on U.S. campuses in one year. That works out to an average of fewer than one rape per campus.)
2. Myth: Women earn 75 cents for every dollar a man earns.
Fact: The 75 cent figure is terribly misleading. This statistic is a snapshot of all current full-time workers. It does not consider relevant factors like length of time in the workplace, education, occupation, and number of hours worked per week. (The experience gap is particularly large between older men and women in the workplace.) When economists do the proper controls, the so-called gender wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing.
(Essential reading: Womens Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America, by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Christine Stolba, published by the Independent Womens Forum and the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. 2000.)
3. Myth: 30 percent of emergency room visits by women each year are the result of injuries from domestic violence.
Fact: This incendiary statistic is promoted by gender feminists whose primary goal seems to be to impugn men. Two responsible government studies report that the nationwide figure is closer to one percent. While these studies may have missed some cases of domestic violence, the 30% figure is a wild exaggeration.
(National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 1992 Emergency Department Summary , Hyattsville, Maryland, March 1997; and U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments: Washington, D.C., August 1997.)
4. Myth: The phrase rule of thumb originated in a mans right to beat his wife provided the stick was no wider than his thumb.
Fact: This is an urban legend that is still taken seriously by activist law professors and harassment workshoppers. The Oxford English Dictionary has more than twenty citations for phrase rule of thumb (the earliest from 1692), but not a single mention of beatings, sticks, or husbands and wives.
(For a definitive debunking of the hoax see Henry Ansgar Kelly, Rule of Thumb and the Folklaw of the Husbands Stick, The Journal of Legal Education, September 1994.)
5. Myth: Women have been shortchanged in medical research.
Fact: The National Institutes of Health and drug companies routinely include women in clinical trials that test for effectiveness of medications. By 1979, over 90% of all NIH-funded trials included women. Beginning in 1985, when the NIHs National Cancer Center began keeping track of specific cancer funding, it has annually spent more money on breast cancer than any other type of cancer. Currently, women represent over 60% of all subjects in NIH-funded clinical trails.
(Essential reading: Cathy Young and Sally Satel, The Myth of Gender Bias in Medicine, Washington, D.C.: The Womens Freedom Network, 1997.)
6.Myth: Girls have been shortchanged in our gender-biased schools
Fact: No fair-minded person can review the education data and conclude that girls are the have-nots in our schools. Boys are slightly ahead of girls in math and science; girls are dramatically ahead in reading and writing. (The writing skills of 17-year-old boys are at the same level as 14-year- old girls.) Girls get better grades, they have higher aspirations, and they are more likely to go to college.
7. Myth: Our schools are training grounds for sexual harassment boys are rarely punished, while girls are taught that it is their role to tolerate this humiliating conduct.
(National Organization of Women, Issue Report: Sexual Harassment, April 1998.)
Fact: Hostile Hallways, is the best-known study of harassment in grades 8-11. It was commissioned by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1993, and is a favorite of many harassment experts. But this survey revealed that girls are doing almost as much harassing as the boys. According to the study, 85 percent of girls and 76 percent of boys surveyed say they have experienced unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that interferes with their lives.
(Four scholars at the University of Michigan did a careful follow-up study of the AAUW data and concluded: The majority of both genders (53%) described themselves as having been both victim and perpetrator of harassment that is most students had been harassed and had harassed others. And these researchers draw the right conclusion: Our results led us to question the simple perpetrator-victim model)(See: American Education Research Journal, Summer 1996.)
8. Myth: Girls suffer a dramatic loss of self-esteem during adolescence.
Fact: This myth of the incredible shrinking girls was started by Carol Gilligan, professor of gender studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gilligan has always enjoyed higher standing among feminist activists and journalists than among academic research psychologists. Scholars who follow the protocols of social science do not accept the reality of an adolescent crisis of confidence and loss of voice. In 1993, American Psychologist reported the new consensus among researchers in adolescent development: It is now known that the majority of adolescents of both genders successfully negotiate this developmental period without any major psychological or emotional disorder [and] develop a positive sense of personal identity.
(Anne C. Petersen et al. Depression in Adolescence, American Psychologist February 1993; see also, Daniel Offer, and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Debunking the Myths of Adolescence: Findings from Recent Research, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, November 1992.)
9. Myth: Gender is a social construction.
Fact: While environment and socialization do play a significant role in human life, a growing body of research in neuroscience, endocrinology, and psychology over the past 40 years suggests there is a biological basis for many sex differences in aptitudes and preferences. In general, males have better spatial reasoning skills; females better verbal skills. Males are greater risk takers; females are more nurturing.
Of course, this does not mean that women should be prevented from pursuing their goals in any field they choose; what it does suggest is that we should not expect parity in all fields. More women than men will continue to want to stay at home with small children and pursue careers in fields like early childhood education or psychology; men will continue to be over-represented in fields like helicopter mechanics and hydraulic engineering.
Warning: Most gender scholars in our universities have degrees in fields like English or comparative literaturenot biology or neuroscience. These self-appointed experts on sexuality are scientifically illiterate. They substitute dogma and propaganda for reasoned scholarship.
(For a review of recent findings on sex differences see a special issue of The Scientific American Men: The Scientific Truth, Fall 2000.)
10. Myth: Womens Studies Departments empowered women and gave them a voice in the academy.
Fact: Womens Studies empowered a small group of like-minded careerists. They have created an old-girl network that is far more elitist, narrow and closed than any of the old-boy networks they rail against. Vast numbers of moderate or dissident women scholars have been marginalized, excluded and silenced.
(Essential reading: everything by Camille Paglia; Daphne Patai and Noretta KoertgeProfessing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Womens Studies; and Christina Hoff SommersWho Stole Feminism? How Women have Betrayed Women)
**Should you encounter an item of Ms/information in one of your classes, in a textbook, or a womens center fact sheet, let us know. We will print it on our campus website, SheThinks.org, correct it with accurate information, and politely inform the source of the mistake.

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