One Way of Doing away with a Looney Hypothesis

Roy Baumeister argues (emphasis in original):

most world rulers, presidents, prime ministers, most members of Congress and parliaments, most CEOs of major corporations, and so forth — these are mostly men.
Seeing all this, the feminists thought, wow, men dominate everything, so society is set up to favor men. It must be great to be a man.
The mistake in that way of thinking is to look only at the top. If one were to look downward to the bottom of society instead, one finds mostly men there too. Who’s in prison, all over the world, as criminals or political prisoners? The population on Death Row has never approached 51% female. Who’s homeless? Again, mostly men. Whom does society use for bad or dangerous jobs? US Department of Labor statistics report that 93% of the people killed on the job are men.
Likewise, who gets killed in battle? Even in today’s American army, which has made much of integrating the sexes and putting women into combat, the risks aren’t equal. This year we passed the milestone of 3,000 deaths in Iraq, and of those, 2,938 were men, 62 were women.

Making statements about "the feminists" is always a bit tricky, given that "feminist" can mean anything from hating men to research that puts women center-stage. Even so, I think he has a point.

This is from a recent speech Baumeister gave on male-female differences. It's worth reading, although if you are already familiar with the evopsych view of these differences you might not want to give the first half more than a quick looking over.

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