Monday, January 6, 2014

The War on Men

I saw a couple of pieces that I found relevant to the issue of the war on men. First, a lot of news outlets are reporting (or rather, parroting the press release) on a new study concerning arrest rates. The study's authors seem to be trying to play the race card in the study, asserting that "[b]y age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested." That the percentages are as close as they are seems odd to me considering the huge disparity between blacks and other races as to the commission of violent crimes, but that is perhaps a topic for another day.

What struck me was the difference between men and women. "By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively." I recognize that this cuts against the race baiting argument that the study's authors make, but it is also significant because of something else the authors point out: "Criminal records that show up in searches can impede employment, reduce access to housing, thwart admission to and financing for higher education and affect civic and volunteer activities such as voting or adoption. They also can damage personal and family relationships." In other words, the way crimes are reported, and the high arrest rates for men versus women means that substantially more men are going into life with a severe impediment. 

The second piece was actually an op-ed by Barbra Streisand (yes, Ms. 1% herself), attempting to articulate the benefits of ObamaCare while simultaneously slamming Republicans generally and Ronald Reagan specifically. Anyway, one of the benefits she touts is the lower cost of insurance for women. She writes:
The law is particularly important to American women. Formerly, a healthy young woman could legally be charged premiums 150 percent higher than a young man of the same age and health. ...

Here's another perspective for 2014: Nearly 9 million women will gain coverage for maternity insurance; individual insurance companies will no longer be allowed to charge higher rates for women simply because of our gender; almost 19 million uninsured women will have access to affordable health care plans; ...
 In other words, the rates for men will go up in order to subsidize the rates for women, who use health services more than men, and use more expensive services than men.

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