Monday, August 22, 2016

Do "systemic" sexism or racism exist?

The modern feminist social justice narrative is that there is "systemic" sexism and racism in our western society, and that's one of the things that they are fighting to correct.

What do they mean by that word, "systemic"? They mean that sexism and/or racism is not just something that some individual people engage in, but that our very society is inherently sexist and racist, inherently biased to favor one gender over the other, or one race over the others.

But these claims always end up being really vague and without proper evidence.

At what level, exactly, is this sexism and racism entrenched in our society? At the legal level? Are there laws that favor one gender over the other, or one race over the others?

Most certainly not. Not only is equal treatment a core principle written in most, if not all, constitutions of all countries that have a constitution, but moreover almost invariably there exist laws that forbid and punish unequal treatment based on gender or race. The law of most countries quite explicitly criminalize discrimination based on those things.

(That's not to say that there exist no laws that might favor one gender over the other, in any country. However, when we look at the laws that are unbalanced in this manner, the trend seems to be to favor women over men, rather than the other way around. For example child custody, and child support, is almost invariably in favor of women, with men having a much harder time in getting the privileges granted by these laws. And that's just one example. It's actually very hard to find unbalanced laws where it's men who are favored by default. And if we are talking about races, I don't think you will find a single law that would favor one race over others, with the exception of laws that either explicitly or implicitly give more protection to "minority" groups, which in western countries usually means non-white people.)

So if it's not at the legal and governmental level, then where, exactly? Where is this "systemic" sexism and racism? A portion of the population being (truly) sexist or racist doesn't make it "systemic". (And that portion is probably a lot smaller than the social justice warriors love to claim, given that everything is sexist and racist to them, no matter how innocuous.)

The truth is that sexism and racism being "systemic" is nothing more than, effectively, a conspiracy theory invented by feminist academia. It's in essence not different from conspiracy theorists claiming that behind the scenes the government is run by the Illuminati, or reptilians. There is no proof of it, and you can't see it, but it certainly is there, looming behind the scenes, the invisible force pulling all the strings.

And, like with the latter type of conspiracy theorists, no amount of evidence of the contrary will ever convince them.

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