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Monday, 08 June 2009

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Pierce Harlan

When girls lagged behind boys in most indicia of educational achievement, we were told, "there must be something wrong with the school system."

Now that boys are behind, we are told, "there must be something wrong with the boys."

When girls were behind boys in school, having them achieve equality was deemed an important end in and of itself, something essential for a free and civilized society.

Now that boys are behind, none of that matters -- because, we are told, the boys' mommies still lag behind their daddies in wages.

You see, perceived gender victimization is a moving target. Every cited instance of alleged oppression is an excuse to allow a small but powerful group of angry women to vent, to fume, and to express envy that they weren't born male.

If the wage gap somehow disappeared overnight, they would find some other reason to wallow in their tar pit of victimization.

Groan

There is a whole industry devoted to ensuring this "victimization". The figures for education,health,housing and redundacies are all there. Public bodies are duty bound (the Gender Equality Duty) to consider boys and men's needs. The problem is that the agencies don't see such facts unless people constantly prod them.

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