No Shit, Sherlock

The Atlantic figures out that the U.S. Economy is biased against men.

An excerpt from the article:

You’ve just landed on Planet Zuto.

The Intergalactic Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (IEEOC) has sent you to determine whether Zuto’s economy is fair to its two sexes: vozems and zems. Your boss suggests you’ll probably find sexism against the vozems.

But your first discovery is that 60 vozems graduate from college for every 40 zems. You discover clues as to why. Despite the under-representation of zems, many scholarships are set aside for vozems, few for zems. The curriculum accentuates vozems’ accomplishments, zems’ failings. Student groups are funded to encourage vozems, for example, Future BusinessVozems, far fewer for zems.

You beam your first report back to the IEEOC: Zuto U’s appear to be sexist against zems, not vozems.

Next, you examine the Zuto Bureau of Labor Statistics and find that the unemployment rate for vozems is 20% lower than for zems. You are shocked to discover that rather than trying to help zems land work, the government deliberately exacerbates zems’ deficit: vozem-owned businesses get special preferences in landing government contracts and taxpayer-backed small-business loans are set aside for vozems.

You beam back your next report to the IEEOC: More signs of sexism against zems. Your boss responds, “But vozems earn 77 zits for every 100 zems earn!”


Unless you really are from Planet Zuto, you know that the preceding was about men and women. Indeed, every statement made about Zuto is true of the U.S. And so are these.

I have sent a link to both my parents and my sister, asking that they read the link and tell me their thoughts.


Post face: I came across this article through the “news outlet” website, In Bona Fide, that Ferdinand Bardamu at In Mala Fide created. Take a look.

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