Thomas Reuters Foundation released survey results concerning the 10 most dangerous countries for women. Surprisingly the United States of America ranked number 10 on this list, behind Nigeria, Yemen, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On its surface, the survey seems ludicrous, and digging deeper reveals problems with its methods, definitions, and over-focus on the negative.
Perhaps the most glaring problem, the study surveyed 548 women from all walks of life. A small number to justify the assertion that they do. Whatsmore, it lacks the opinion of experts in the field of women’s studies. Instead, they asked women for their opinion and perception, which does not carry the same weight as facts and hard data.
According to the survey, the USA ranks where it does due to the supposed prevalence of sexual violence. In response, Alex Griswold noted in the Washington Free Beacon that “the provided definition of ‘sexual violence’ is broad. ‘This includes rape as a weapon of war, domestic rape, rape by a stranger, the lack of access to justice in rape cases, sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of corruption.’” He continued that, “while all the behaviors listed are vile, it seems sort of self-evident that some are worse than others.” In other words, to compare harassment within a toxic work culture to wartime rape is ignorant at best, offensive and dangerous at worst, and it undermines the study regardless.
Looking past perceptions and into data, Nation Master ranks the United States number 14 for countries with the highest numbers of rape, Tendrr ranks the United States as 11th, and The Gazette Review doesn’t even rank the United States. This is not to say that rape doesn’t happen in the United States but the reality is this: women all over the world are getting raped and don’t have access to rape kits, counseling, a day in court, justice, or a voice. They do here.
Yet one more glaring issue, the study ignores the positives of being a woman in the United States. According to research from the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) “a record 25.3 percent of husbands are now married to wives who have more education than they do. This is due, in part, to the dramatic increase of women in higher education.” Similarly, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 56 percent of college students are women. This educational attainment is a massive victory for female empowerment that the study ignores.
Compare that to Pakistan, where on October 8th, three women were arrested for the horrendous crime of dancing in the street; where honor killings have been illegal for 13 years but still the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chronicled 280 between October 2016 to June of this year. When you compare the plight of the Pakistani women and their fight for freedom to the average American woman, you miss the success of the U.S. and the plight of a nation of women.
While the average American woman is earning $47 thousand a year, Pakistani women are fighting for their freedom and the right to dance in the street. While the average life expectancy for a Pakistani woman is 67 years, the American woman can expect to live to 78 years.
Each woman should have the freedom to dance in the street, get an education, and go where they choose. For many women around the world, they cannot. Yasmine Mohammed, an ex Muslim and survivor of radical Islam, said of Western Women in an interview for The Jerusalem Post, “they want freedom for themselves but are happy to support the subjugation of other women. If they actually truly cared, they would be celebrating the women in Iran that are being arrested for defying the compulsory hijab laws.” Western feminists should be using their valuable freedom of speech, incredible level of education, and unprecedented affluence to raise an outcry against the Pakistani government for cruelly jailing these women around the world. To say everything is perfect for American women is false, but so too is it to suggest that we have it worse than billions around the world truly suffering.
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