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Debunking The Narrative: 7 Ways Women Are Actually Doing Better Than Men Right Now In Our Society

By Gina Florio
·  7 min read
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It's been hammered in our brains since childhood that men are doing better than women in our society and there is still an oppressive patriarchy in place. However, a basic look at statistics will prove that notion wrong immediately and show you that men are actually the ones who need the most help.

The modern feminist movement has convinced us that our society still oppresses women, no matter how long ago we earned the right to vote and have equal access to education. We're told that the patriarchy is alive and well, and that men get the better end of the stick while women are constantly pushed to the side. This has resulted in millions of women around the country believing that men are the reason why their lives aren't enjoyable—in fact, many even believe that their lives would be better off without any men at all.

But what if it was all a lie? Just a cursory glance at basic statistics shows that women are actually excelling in most categories in our society compared to men. Of course there are some metrics that show men are doing better than women; men hold more wealth overall and women are more likely to be sexually assaulted. But the majority of the statistics show that women are performing much better than men are. We live longer, we are healthier, we perform better in school, we're less likely to commit suicide, etc. The list goes on and on. Here are some of the biggest ways that women are actually better off than men. If we want to see both men and women thrive in our society, we have to be honest about where we're at and what we need to improve our lives.

1. Women Excel in Education

It's ironic that so many women in academia complain about so-called gender equality, when women are consistently the ones who get more high school degrees, college degrees, PhDs, etc. In California, girls have a high school graduation rate of 87% and boys only graduate at a rate of 81%. Overall in America, 90.5% of boys graduate high school and 91.6% of women do the same. This difference remains throughout college and graduate school. 35.4% of men get a college degree, while 36.6% of women receive a bachelor's degree. Women also prove every year that they take home most of the graduate degrees in most of the categories of study. There are a few where there are more men, such as mathematics and computer sciences, but the majority of graduate degrees overall go to women.

2. Women Live Longer and Are Healthier

According to the CDC, the average life expectancy for men is 76, but for women it's 81. Women simply tend to live longer than men do, and their later years of life are healthier than men's are. Men are more likely to get cancer and suffer from a chronic illness. Although women have higher rates of "severe obesity," overall, men tend to have worse health. They're also much more likely to die prematurely if their wife of many years dies before him, compared to the roles being reversed.

Women are not being paid less for the same exact job as men have.

3. 20-Something Women Outearn Their Male Counterparts

We already know that the gender wage gap is a myth. Women are not being paid less for the same exact job as men have, but rather men and women tend to choose different jobs, which have very different pay outcomes. For example, men dominate 4 out of the top 5 highest-paid college degrees, while women dominate 4 out of the 5 lowest-paid college degrees in the US. However, there are many metropolitan areas in the US where women under the age of 30 actually outearn their male counterparts, showing that women are very capable of outperforming men before they voluntarily choose to leave the workforce and have a family. And in many cities across the US, these women earn just as much as men are making.

4. Women Are Less Likely to Commit a Crime—and Have a Crime Committed Against Them

Women tend to forget that men are much more violent to each other compared to women, so of course, this increased aggression will result in harm at some point. Men are much more likely to experience a crime being committed against them, sometimes because they are protecting their family. Of course, the flip side of that is men are also more likely to commit crimes and thus go to prison. But even more than that, when a woman is on trial for a similar crime as her male counterpart, she usually ends up with a softer sentence. Research from the University of Michigan Law School found that, after controlling for the crime, men receive 63% longer sentences than women do on average. Women were also more likely to have outcomes determined by pleas to reduce charges than men were.

Men receive 63% longer sentences than women do on average.

5. Women Suffer Less from Drug Addiction and Suicide

Although you hear countless women on social media talking about their struggles with mental health, it's actually men who are much more likely to commit suicide than women. In 2020, the National Institutes of Health reported that men were 4 times more likely to commit suicide than women. Some people speculate this is due to men's general incapability of talking about their issues with someone; because they bottle up everything, they suffer more. Additionally, men are more likely than women to abuse many types of illegal drugs, and they have much higher rates of drug addiction. In 2016, 27 men died every day from overdosing on opioids compared to 19 women per day. Even worse, men are more than twice as likely to overdose on opioids than women are. 11.5% of males over the age of 12 have a substance use disorder, while only 6.4% of females in the same age category suffer from drug addiction.

6. Women Make the Majority of the Financial Decisions

We might envision the man as usually being the head of the house and controlling the finances, but research actually shows that women are more likely to be in charge of the finances in American households. Pew Research Center found that in 43% of households, women make more financial decisions than the men do. In 31% of the homes, the couple divides financial decisions equally. But only in 26% of homes do the men make more of the financial decisions. Men may bring home more money and generally hold more wealth, but it's really the women who are running things and deciding where the money goes.

Women are more likely to be in charge of the finances in American households.

7. Women Rarely Die on the Job

While feminists love to complain about the so-called gender wage gap, they fail to acknowledge that one of the reasons men are paid more money than women is because they are willing to work very dangerous jobs. The four most dangerous occupations in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, were commercial fishing, logging, aircraft pilots (most of these deaths happened with smaller aircrafts such as helicopters, not commercial airlines), and roofers. All four of these industries are dominated by men. In fact, men are 10 times more likely to be killed at work than women. In fishing and hunting, the fatality rate is 145 deaths per 100,000 workers, and for roofing, it's 54 per 100,000.

Men are 10 times more likely to be killed at work than women are.

Closing Thoughts

Women are also favored by mainstream culture. Most of the films and TV shows are geared toward women, our culture encourages women to engage in degenerate behavior (having an OnlyFans account, participating in porn, having multiple sexual partners) while chastising men for simply being masculine. Couple that with all of the above statistics, and it's clear to see that our society caters mostly to women. Men are actually the ones who need help, and if we want to secure a bright future for our country, we need to start paying attention to what men need rather than continuously pushing a victimhood narrative that paints women as oppressed.