CNN – The novel Coronavirus seems to be more deadly for men. But in many other ways, women are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. In other words, a believed injustice for a class of people is more important than the people that are actually dying – WTF?
CNN goes on to justify this position. From a spike in domestic violence and restricted access to family-planning services to disproportionate economic impact, the lockdown measures put in place to stop the outbreak are hurting women and their basic rights a lot more than men. Previous epidemics of Ebola and Zika have resulted in major setbacks for women and girls in the regions most affected by the outbreaks – and experts and activists are warning the same thing is happening globally right now.
Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, recently put out a video with CNN to put an exclamation point on this idea. In this period of crisis, Sandberg’s thoughts do not turn to people that are dying the most, rather she wishes to focus her own class and their victim status. Sandberg states that “Women are treated unequally during this crisis and believes this is what as a society we should be working on. See Sandberg in action in the following video:
CNN article goes on a run abut the same old tired myth about the gender pay gap with pretty charts. CNN states that data so far is showing that the economic consequences of the pandemic are harsher for women. One example: 55% of the Americans who have lost their jobs in March and April were women, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. This “cherry-picking” of data speak nothing of choices of employment nor places in context the actual economic situation – whether in normal times or in Coronavirus crisis times. Check the following video from Prager University that does:
Call it a pet peeve, but the Right Wire Report appreciates honest debate, especially when attempting to advance a narrative to solidify policy changes or transform societal perspectives. Sandberg’s video above fact-checked.
- Unemployment-population ratio per BLS changes from Feb. 2020 through April 2020 show approximately the same loss of 10% between males and females over the age of 20.
- The consensus agreed upon stat of 55,217,845 is the number of “Essential Workers” in the United States. This number is further broken down into categories of industry and services and, while female employees do make up the largest sector of healthcare workers, ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS are comprised of 51% men and 49% women. Females make up 50.8% of the USA population, while men make up 49.2%. Again per population stat relatively even.
- The United States per population stats show Whites make up the largest demographic by far at 76%, Blacks at 13.4%, Hispanics at 18%, and down the line. All essential workers break down as 55% White, 15% Black, and 22% Hispanic, which aligns with overall population demographics.
- The pay gap was addressed in the Prager University video above.
- We are not one of the ONLY countries in the world that do not offer guaranteed maternity/paternity leave. The United Nations recognizes 193 countries. 52% of Employers in the United States offer paid leave for BOTH parents, and six states currently do so as well. This trend has increased NOT decreased over the last two years. Eighty-two countries offer less than 14 weeks of maternity leave, and ninety-nine countries offer no paternity leave – eight countries offer neither.
- The claims of “double work,” inequality in the home, women get no credit for their ideas; women are heard less in the workplace are based on what data? Op-eds? Cosmo surveys? Woman studies, class surveys? Or maybe SurveyMonkey?
- SurveyMonkey is prominently given credit on Sandberg’s LeanIn.org. She even sits on the Board of Directors.
- Layoffs or furloughs should be fairly assessed for all employees by last hired or based on seniority, not by race or gender. Doing so discriminates by design.
- A large proportion of “Single Mothers,” including the largest demographic, which is a minority, is a personal choice, not employer induced or related.
- Latino women are the fastest-growing demographic, and Pew Research Center highlights the upward trends: 80% of Latinos graduating from High School or attending college. The majority are female, and one in every ten female-owned businesses in the country is Latino owned.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launched her “Feminist Manifesto,” “Lean In: Women, work, and the will to lead” in 2013. Presently there are 14 campaigns promoted by the “Lean In” brand with online presence globally all organized through Facebook. Sandberg fancies herself a visionary and catalyst for advancing respect and equality of all women and improving their lives. Call it a quest if you like, but the Right Wire Report calls it a clever marketing ploy complete with multiple branding platforms.
Sandberg has found herself personally the target of criticism found here and here. Recently, Sandberg and Facebook had an EEOC complaint filed by the ACLU against them for job ad gender discrimination. Even CNN called out Facebook and its leadership for the role it played in Myanmar, where slaughter and massive displacement happened … how many were women we wonder? I guess we are supposed to give Sandberg the benefit of the doubt when as COO, she hides her companies salary data on genders?
Take Sandberg at face value? This female executive, worth 1.6 billion dollars, lectures the world on how oppressed women feel living in the United States of America and how her mission is to elevate global awareness and empower women. Perhaps she could sell this platform more effectively if she truly believed in it. Right Wire Report finds this all hard to reconcile when Sandberg chooses Beyonce to partner with Facebook and the Girl Scouts of America, as the face of the “Ban Bossy Campaign.” The word “Bossy” holds girls back from their true potential reads the tag line. Is a young woman’s role model supposed to emulate the degradation of females? Hmmm, Sheryl?
Pop Diva Beyonce glorifies hyper-sexualized songs and graphic music videos complete with stripper routines, sexual toys, physical violence, and of course, obsessive references to the word “B%=#ch” to describe a woman. Perhaps Sandberg should have ended the above lecture with Beyonce’s trademark song, “Bow down B#@ch,” as she too lounged in the back of a limo dressed like a hooker appearing to demonstrate oral sex on a stranger. Reeks of empowerment – hardly!
Facebook pimps and promotes the same film and music industries that glorify violence, objectification, and degradation of women. Hip hop and Rap music traffic in the same, but that does not stop Facebook from aligning the company with stars and their political /social agendas. Lest we leave out her very public and political, one million dollar donation to Planned Parenthood, in an apparent slap to the MAGA movement and support of the organization that ends the very lives of females, Sandberg lost the high ground there and did so again when she twists this global pathogen crisis into a feminist marketing pitch. All the better if the pitch diminishes the importance of males dying more!
What about the people actually dying in this Coronavirus crisis? The mortality death rate among men trend was first seen in China, where one analysis found a fatality rate of 2.8% in men compared with 1.7% in women. Since then, the pattern has been mirrored in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and now in the UK. In Italy, men have accounted for 71% of deaths. In Spain, recent data released suggests twice as many men as women have died, and in the UK, of the 4,122 deaths registered, 2,523 were men and 1,599 women. One can get into specific reasons, but the point is that the data suggest that men by far are bearing the real brunt of the Coronavirus. Its called death.
Right Wire Report does not want to minimize in any way the issues of domestic violence – as we have seen an increase here that need to be dealt with. A more balanced approach to educating the public on the issue might be more effective by taking on the issue as a human condition rather than solely a female one. Domestic violence affects all ages, races, faiths, and genders. Recent studies have revealed high rates of domestic abuse against men internationally is on par with women. Right Wire Report is certain Sandberg, and other Silicon/Hollywood giants, would be reticent to explore, what sector of the population is seeing a rise and why this increase might be surging, as it might lead to a rainbow spectrum of shining light on another societal issue those like Sandberg constantly push and shove down consumers faces. Wink!
But this was not the focus of CNN’s assertions. Rather the focus was taking advantage of the Coronavirus crisis and dividing people over gender and continuing the Leftist narrative in an attempt to tear down traditional families. The progressive liberal strategy of perpetually convincing factions, in this case, women, that everything that happens in their world is a patriarchal boot on their necks ensures women express themselves in that same world as victims.
Women are being conditioned to believe their not capable of making correct choices, or even accountable when they do, as it relates to biology, sexuality, family, and work. Would you choose to hire or promote a person who believes they have no control over their sovereign choices and operates from a victim stance? Perhaps a better message for Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook to highlight – Women can uniquely positively impact families, especially children, that suffered loss from Coronavirus and help them and communities heal … now that would be empowering.
The Right Wire Report kindly asks all women, Sandberg included, to put your long, highly contrived grievance lists away and just be still long enough to truly “lean in.” There you will find what is instinctive and exclusive to your nature-hint – it is not victim-hood.
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