Trigger warning: image of Kate Harding follows
Here are two stories about comedian Louis C.K., who, in his new HBO special, claims that men are the number one threat to women.
“How do women still go out with guys, when you consider that there is no greater threat to women than men? We’re the number one threat to women! Globally and historically, we’re the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women.”
If you google “leading cause of injury to women”, you will immediately get a whole slew of links to domestic violence websites, where the “fact” that men are the leading cause of injury to women is repeated endlessly.
But it’s not true.
The leading cause of injury to women GLOBALLY is traffic. Yeah, cars are way more dangerous than men. The second leading cause of injury is a fall. Ladders are more dangerous than men.
Let’s look at Western society more carefully then, shall we? Maybe it’s just Australian, Canadian, British and American men who suck this badly?
In Canada the leading causes of injury:
Summary by age group and sex:
Less than 1 year: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Assault .
1 to 4 years: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Poisoning .
5 to 9 years: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Struck by/against .
10 to 14 years: Among both males and females, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization . Struck by/against was the second leading cause of injury hospitalization among males, while Intentional Self-harm was second among females .
15 to 19 years: Among males, Falls were the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions . Among females, Intentional Self-harm was the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions.
20 to 24 years: Among males, Assault was the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Falls . Among females, Intentional Self-harm was the leading cause of injury hospitalization, followed by Falls .
In Australia? Same story.
In Great Britain?
Oh, here’s something interesting. In the United States, it looks like IATROGENIC injuries are the most wide-spread, after….. unintentional falls and motor vehicle accidents.
What are iatrogenic injuries? Those are injuries induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures.
Why is it that someone as well known as Louis C.K can spout such a demonstrably false idea, and then be applauded for it?
Men are the leading cause of death and injury to women? Men are the biggest threat to women? The source of mayhem? Women are brave to even consider being in the company of a man because of the dire threat to their personal safety?
You are more likely to be injured driving to meet your date or tripping down the stairs on your way out of the house than any other risk factors combined!
What if we exchanged one ism for another? What would the reaction be if Louis C.K had said:
“How do white folks still go anywhere with black folks, when you consider that there is no greater threat to whites than blacks? They’re the number one threat to whites! Globally and historically, black people the number one cause of injury and mayhem to white people.”
I think we all know the answer to that question, and when you exchange race for gender, it is immediately evident that claiming such a thing is hateful to the extreme.
“Fuck you for trying to make “misandry” happen”, writes Kate Harding in her epic screed of insanity at Jezebel.
For trying to make it happen, Kate?
It’s already happening. There is no other word to describe what Louis C.K. and the people standing in line to applaud him are doing. Misandry. An explicit hatred and fear of men.
Men are NOT the leading cause of injury and mayhem to women. They’re not even fucking close.
Louis and others like him can get away with saying that kind of stuff because it plays into a larger cultural narrative about men as dangerous and violent and threats that need to be contained and diffused. In order to make the world safe for women, men must be neutered and disarmed. Yesterday, we discussed the use of persuasive writing to convince otherwise rational, sane and kind people to believe something so patently false, so profoundly untrue that it beggars belief to think anyone could not see the reality.
That is exactly what Slate and Jezebel and every other media outlet that picked up the story are doing. They are using propaganda to convince otherwise sane and rational people that the biggest threat to women is men.
Cars are the biggest threat to both men and women at the moment, followed by stairs and ladders.
It’s no surprise that Louis C.K is being lauded by feminists, and in a way, it’s a good thing. The cracks in feminism are turning into canyons, and revealing the real F behind the F-word: feminism has become fascism.
The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.
Henry A. Wallace
Fascism has reared its ugly head in Western culture many times, but it has never won the battle. Fascists have always been defeated. The more openly feminism reveals itself as fascism, the better. You can’t fight an enemy if you don’t know they’re an enemy.
The lies of feminism are getting so bold it’s inevitable that eyes will open. Many will believe the lies, but many more will start to see the truth.
It can’t happen soon enough.
Lots of love,