From cleaning up to driving to major operations, were obviously most competent than men because patriarchy has forced us to be, writes activist and freelance journalist Julie Bindel
As a lifelong feminist I have always balked at the idea that females might be” better than men” because it perpetuates the myth that women and men are polar opposites, and that our abilities( or absence of them) is to do with innate qualities rather than as a result of socialisation or opportunity. This particular rivalry of” who is best at what” further ingrains the false belief that” the combat of the sexes” is here for time immemorial.
The reality is that after thousands of years of living under patriarchy, through no choice or faulting of our own, women have developed certain abilities as a result of this tyranny. A feminist friend once remarked that” if persecution attained one a better person there would be something to be said for it”, and while I concur wholeheartedly with this, the truth is that we have had to become far better than men at most things.
According to a recent analyse, women cope far better than men under pressure. No wonder- we are often under it. Not only do we have institutionalised oppression and discrimination to deal with, but under this system, humen become lazy and complacent. As Barack Obama argues, women make better boss and leaders because” humen seem to be having some problems these days “. To clarify what I suppose Obama entails, females have long had massive problems with male boss and leaders because so many of them can’t keep it in their zippers, and seem to hold the posture that women can do their jobs and be sexually harassed and assaulted at the same time. Talk about multitasking( which incidentally, we are also better at than men )!
Women even fare better in those tasks traditionally thought of as” for the sons “. A study published this year in the British Medical Journal found that females make better surgeons than their male equivalents, and that 4% fewer patients succumb following an operation performed by a woman.
We beat humen at raising money from crowdfunding, which is just as well because we are paid less for doing the same chore. A report published in Fortune found that globally, females are consistently more successful than humen in reaching fund targets. In words of self-care, we even do that better. More than half( 53%) of women will talk through problems with friends compared with merely 29% of men according to a poll by the mental health charity Mind.
And girls are much safer( and therefore more skilled) drivers, causing fewer accidents and being more likely to survive a serious accident.
We are less likely to abandon our children, and therefore make better mothers. Our cleaning up and general cleaning abilities are far more sharpened( we have had loads more practice ).
While men love to brag about” boy’s food “, meaning massive burgers and slabs of greasy protein, women are more likely to have the recommended five-a-day. I would hazard a guess that those men sucking up the carrot juice and quinoa as opposed to burger and chips do so because women prepare it for them.
“Ah,” I hear some humen cry over the audio of rubbing at the lower end of a barrel,” We are better at DIY than you are !” But even men’s practical skills are decreasing, as they get lazier and more complacent. A survey carried out by a bathroom firm found that girls are increasingly likely to get on with tasks such as fixing a leaky tap, fixing the toilet, hanging wallpaper, and sealing windows rather than hanging around waiting for the” man of the house” to drain his lager, switch off the football, and move his backside into action.
But here is the rub. Women tend to be better than men at so many things because we have no choice. Yes we are better at rinsing up, but merely because we do it route more often than men. This state of affairs self-perpetuates our persecution, highlighted by ridiculous scenarios such as eateries advertising for female washer-uppers because men are rubbish at it.
Boys are privileged from the moment they are born. The fact that girls often outstrip them in so many routes is testimony to the fact that patriarchy is certainly not up to much after all.
* Julie Bindel is a freelance journalist and political activist
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