Bob Herbert has a column
today that seems a little odd in its focus on sexism:
If there was ever a story that deserved more coverage by the news media, it’s the dark persistence of misogyny in America. Sexism in its myriad destructive forms permeates nearly every aspect of American life. For many men, it’s the true national pastime, much bigger than baseball or football.
Yeah, I know a lot of guys who stand around the water cooler on Monday morning talking about how they beat up the old wifey this weekend pretty good. Some offices even have pools on who can date-rape the most broads.
I mean, seriously. Sexism is a national pastime? What Herbert is really saying is that he supports Hillary's claim to victimhood.
We all know the word that means hatred of women: Misogyny. We all know the word that means hatred of blacks: Racism. We all know the word that means hatred of gays: Homophobia. How many people know the world for hatred of men, which Herbert casually indulges himself in?
In its grimmest aspects, misogyny manifests itself in hideous violence — from brutal beatings and rape to outright torture and murder. Fifteen months ago, a gunman invaded an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania, separated the girls from the boys, and then shot 10 of the girls, killing five.
Certainly it was a horrific crime, but it was by a large margin the exception rather than the rule. The FBI keeps very accurate statistics on murder, and by a very wide margin, men are more likely to be the victims. In 2006
, for example, an estimated 5,289 men and an estimated 1,909 women were murdered, making men a little over 2.5 times more likely to be killed than women. But nobody talks about how misandry (the hatred of men) is a plague on our society.
It is certainly true that men commit most of the murders in our society; they're about ten times more likely than women to slay somebody. But they're also far more likely to be executed for their crimes as well.