In case you haven't realized yet, this entire argument that young people under 25 should have less rights than people over 25 is really just a warmed-over version of a centuries-old and widely discredited ideology known as "biological determinism". Similar arguments have been made in the past for black people, women, various immigrant groups, Jews, and other oppressed non-dominant groups in society. Based on real or imaginary differences between groups, the dominant groups of the time would use such differences to justify their privilege over and oppression of the non-dominant groups. And essentially every single one of these arguments have been roundly debunked, and are really only taken seriously anymore by a few dodgy ideologues on the fringes (*cough* Charles Murray *cough*) and their brainwashed followers (*cough* Faux Noise *cough*). That's not to say that the demographic groups in question are no longer oppressed or discriminated against (spoiler alert: they are), but today people are far less likely to openly claim "scientific" justifications for such discrimination/oppression than in the past. Except when it comes to young people, for whom such junk science has apparently become de rigeur as of late. And the dominant group in this case, adults over 25, are certainly all-too-smug about it. Nevermind that it too has actually been debunked by people like sociologist Mike Males among others.
It should be obvious now that ageism/adultism is simply one more crucial component of the pyramid scheme known as the kyriarchy, which needs to end yesterday. But what if there really was a demographic group that actually did show differences, in both physiology and behavior, that could (using the same dubious arguments) be used to justify that group's rights being curtailed? Well, that group does exist, fellas, and I'm talking about you and me. In other words, I'm talking about MEN in general, regardless of age. Based on what we know from Ashley Montagu's 1953 bombshell of a book, The Natural Superiority of Women (last edition published in 1998) as well as its (sort-of) sequel Women After All by Melvin Konner, there are indeed enough brain differences to imply that, on average, males are basically the inferior gender. Not only do our brains mature at a slower rate than for females, but we ultimately never really catch up completely. In fact, the gender gap seems to actually widen with age.
Of course, it doesn't matter if we fellas think with our adenoids. What really matters is how we ACT. But here too, the evidence is rather abysmal:
- Contrary to stereotypes, we apparently really suck at driving, or at least we are more likely to take stupid risks behind the wheel. And auto crash and fatality statistics bear this out rather well--and not just for young people, either.
- Despite having a somewhat higher tolerance to alcohol than women on average (even after controlling for body weight), men are more likely to abuse alcohol and get into trouble with it. Men are four times more likely than women to become alcoholics and four times more likely to drive drunk.
- Violent crime of all kinds is overwhelmingly committed by men, especially violence against women.
- But most crime is male-on-male, making us both dangerous AND endangered at the same time.
- At least 99% of all school-shooters and other mass-shooters have had one thing in common, aside from guns of course. Care to guess what that is?
- Practically every war ever fought in history was started and waged by men.
- For the past 7000 years or so, most positions of power were overwhelmingly held by men. And what happened? We paved paradise and put up a parking lot, we created a desert and called it "peace". We have devoured and suffocated our own empire, and we will all pay a heavy price for it soon enough.
So be careful what you wish for, fellas. Check your privilege, and your karma as well. Yeah, you may laugh and be smug about it now. Snicker, snicker. But if the futurists are correct, and I think that they most likely are, women will eventually reclaim their rightful place as the new leaders of the free world. And when that does happen, they will remember exactly how they were treated, so it really behooves us fellas to clean up our act yesterday--both in how we treat women as well as how we treat the younger generations. The choice is ours, so let's make the right one.