Full-Time, Year-Round Worker

When debating issues of gender-equality, one commonly cited problem is the wage-gap.  When you take the average income of women, and divide that over the average income of men, you will see that women earn roughly 77% of what men earn…a wage gap of about 23%.  Feminists tend to claim this is a result of sex-discrimination…which is typically rebutted by pointing to life-choices.  Men tend to choose higher-paying fields, longer hours, etc.  In response to this (the “human capital” argument), some researchers have started controlling for certain life-choices (e.g. degree, field, etc.).  Many of the discrimination-advocates purport to account for the disparity in hours worked by controlling for what is called “full-time, year-round workers”.  The researchers themselves don’t explicitly state they are controlling for hours…because that would be a lie, but that doesn’t stop them from insinuating as much.  Certain third-parties, however, do explicitly make such false claims.
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Why I’m an Antifeminist

If you haven’t already, please read my previous entries: Feminism and Antifeminism (in that order), as they provide the necessary context for this post.


This whole “antifeminism” thing can be confusing, as someone who opposes gender-feminism, but not equity-feminism would, technically, be an “antifeminist” even if they don’t identify as such. It leaves a lot of wiggle room and doesn’t tell you a whole lot about what the person actually believes. So to make my position clear: I believe that women, as a class, are no longer disadvantaged relative to men, as a class…in most western post-industrial nations. As such, I oppose “first-world feminism”, but not “third-world feminism”. In fact, I’m very pro-feminist when it comes to countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.

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Antifeminism

The general definition of antifeminism is summed up broadly by Wikipedia1:

Antifeminism is opposition to feminism in some or all of its forms.

Michael Kimmel, feminist, defines it in a more insulting way. For him, antifeminism is defined thusly2:

the opposition to women’s equality.

Clearly there’s a disconnect here.  As I’ve already shown in my entry for “feminism”, feminism involves a bit more than simply “women’s equality”, and so opposing feminism (which is what the “anti” prefix indicates), wouldn’t necessarily mean you oppose equality.

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Feminism

Feminism is both an ideology, and a political movement centered on this ideology.  For our purposes, I will be focusing on the ideology, as opposed to the movement, because adherence to ideology is what should, in my view, distinguish “feminist” from non-feminist. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy1:

a Liberal approach [...] might define feminism (rather simplistically here) in terms of two claims:

  1. (Normative) Men and women are entitled to equal rights and respect.
  2. (Descriptive) Women are currently disadvantaged with respect to rights and respect, compared with men […in such and such respects and due to such and such conditions…].

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