Thursday, February 18, 2010
Women in Recovery
Here is a story that is another example of how sexual discrimination is deemed OK as long as it is directed towards men.
In Oklahoma it is deemed a tragedy that the state leads the nation in incarcerating women per capita. In response, the legislature has approved $500,000 to fund a non-prison alternative to non violent female offenders.
I am not opposed to keeping non-violent offenders out of jail. Our prisons are overflowing ever since the government has launched its misguided “war” on drugs. There is no reason that drug addicts should be sent to prison.
However, the question is why does Oklahoma think that such a program is good for women but not men? Per the official statistics, 87% of the prison population is composed of men (see chart below). It seems based on the data, the tax money would be better spent on men.
Of course, the unstated reason is that our society has a lower value of men than women. Men receive harsher prison sentences for the same crime, receive less health care funding and have a shorter life expectancy. But in our feminist society, this is deemed perfectly acceptable. You will notice that the mainstream media doesn’t even bother to ask the obvious question as to why men are excluded from such a program. It is just assumed that men do not matter.