If any further proof was needed that a male life was worth less than a female life, then the global media furore surrounding the activities of Boko Haram provides us with just that proof.
‘Bring back our girls’ indeed. Whilst not wishing to detract from the terrible tragedy of the kidnapped schoolgirls, the associated media coverage raises serious questions about the media’s blindness to the abuse and murder of enormous numbers of boys by both this and similar groups in Africa. Indeed most media coverage of the issues makes no mention of harm done to boys and men at all, see for example this article.
A journalist from the Wall Street Journal, Drew Hinshaw, recently did an online Q&A during which he ignored questions about why the WSJ had made no mention of the harm done to boys/men by Boko Haram. Can’t say? Won’t say? Don’t care?
Yes, you have to search on google (e.g. “what about the boys Boko Haram”) to find the few articles that have been published which actually address all those missing/killed/abused males – see this, this, this, this, this and this.
In our next example let’s move to Europe. In the 2004 paper entitled Gendercide in Kosovo, author Adam Jones investigates gendercide of men in Bosnia by excluding men:
17 killed in multiple Boko Haram suicide bombings in Nigeria (12 July 2017) Doesn’t conform to the prevailing gynocentric narrative? = mainstream media silence
Mojgan belongs to one of the world’s most oppressed groups, and Dutton wants to send her home, by Ruby Hamad (15 March 2017) Australia
Where is the data showing that people are more likely to help a woman than a man (18 January 2017) Reddit discussion thread
“Four of the five were girls”
Defining, Demonstrating, & Understanding Male Disposability (30 September 2016)
Women are being traded as slaves on WhatsApp – here’s how the UN can act (8 September 2016) Article acknowledges men/boys also enslaved, so what’s with the title?
Boko Haram kidnapped 10,000 boys and the world remained silent (16 August 2016)
Social experiment: Who gets given more money in public? Homeless man or hot looking woman (August 2016) Youtube Video
The empathy gap is shockingly real (9 November 2014)
http://www.news.com.au/world/boko-haram-kidnaps-another-60-girls-from-nigerian-villages/story-fndir2ev-1226965000035 (Note there is no mention of “men” or “boys” … when bad things happen to males then gender-neutral terms are used (e.g. “villagers” or “people” or “vigilantes”)
Mexico mass grave found near Iguala (5 October 2014) No mention of the gender of the murdered students (yes, they were all male)
Feminism and the disposable male (‘A Girl Writes What’ video)
At least 19 dead and 50 injured in the concert explosion that Australian feminist Jane Caro refers to, but apparently the welfare of teenage girls is paramount. Slate.com jumped the bandwagon with ‘The Bombing at a Manchester Ariana Grande Show Was an Attack on Girls and Women‘ (22 May 2017). Then many others followed suit, including ‘Manchester bombing was a hate crime against women and girls‘ and ‘Islamists’ hatred of women and gays can’t be allowed to stand‘ (26 May 2017)
After Manchester: The cowardice of feminists (25 May 2017) This article sums up my feelings about the feminist response quite well.
Related posts within this blog
Regarding gender reversal and sexist double-standards
About feminism & feminist antipathy towards issues faced by men
Persistent pro-feminist and anti-male bias in the mainstream media
How men are portrayed … Haw Haw Haw! The jokes on us
Discrimination against males in the context of humanitarian agencies/causes
On respect and privilege