The Lace Curtain is alive and well

July 28, 2012

As predicted, despite yesterday’s media release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that men fare worse than women in education, health and crime, the Sydney Morning Herald has somehow twisted the data around to claim that “Statistics confirm it’s still a man’s world“! Ridden with factual errors and misinformation, this piece is typical of media coverage of the issue of gender equity. Sadly, it seems the Lace Curtain (see Warren Farrell’s The Myth of Male Power) is still alive and well.

The only other news agency that appears to have picked up the story is the tiny Noosa News who, while reporting the facts very well, started their story with the phrase “men just aren’t up to scratch in comparison with their female counterparts” (insinuating that it’s men’s own fault that they fare poorly in health, education and crime). Imagine a news article reporting on the so-called ‘gender pay gap’ stating that “women just aren’t up to scratch in comparison with their male counterparts”!

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