Even as there is a concerted push to realign what they see has institutionalized disenfranchisement against their gender, women certainly have no problem when issues are slanted in their favor.
As mothers of our young men, we certainly have not heard them speak out about the crisis our young men are facing.
This reveals a sense of hypocrisy in women, which causes me to think that what women want is not parity but total control.
The nations crime rate is directly related to the disillusionment of our boys who have been for decades left to fend for themselves while the families resources are invested in the education of girls.
This is not to say that there are not instances where girls are abused and mistreated.
Jamaica is a case study in this dysfunction which began as a push to grant women autonomy and parity, not just in the workplace but across the broader society.
Today, despite the evidence that the one-sided approach is having a negative effect on the small country of 2.8 million, there is hardly a whimper as the people who now hold the power are the people who are benefitting from the disparity.
The University of the West Indies reporting on student intake year over year, shows that female students admitted to that institution more than doubles the number of male students admitted.
Who are these educated young women going to marry, or is marriage between a man and woman soon to be tossed out with all other traditional norms?
This is not accidental, the number of all-girls high schools far outstrips that of all-boys schools. Social organizations are installed and funded not just by the government, but by private institutions in a kind of knee-jerk response to the supposed problem of discrimination against women and girls.
The truth of the matter is that in many cases in a household in which there are a boy and girl, and resources are scarce, the default option is for the girl to be educated and the boy left to fend for himself.
Women and girls experiencing issues may go to any number of places to get help, including (1) The Bureau of Gender Affairs (2) Woman Incorporated (Crisis Centre). (3) Sistren Theatre Collective (4) Women’s Centre Of Jamaica Foundation. (5) Women’s media watch. (6) Women’s Resource And Outreach Centre (WROC. And much more.
Look around you and tell me where you see a men’s crisis center geared toward the upliftment of boys and men.
There has never been a systemic policy to keep women disenfranchised contrary to the feminist dogma being fed the public by the mouthpieces on radio and television.
Sure, Jamaica was not exempt from the traditional unwritten understanding that men went out to work and women stayed home with the children. However, neither has Jamaica been exempt from the radical shifts which have changed that paradigm, not the least of which are economics and feminism.
As a consequence, women in Jamaica has increasingly occupied offices of political and executive power since the Island was jettisoned from the coat-tails of Britain.
In fact, Jamaica is one of the leading nations as it relates to female empowerment across the globe.
But this has not come without a price. Our boys have been forgotten in the process and the nation’s crime rate is a direct reflection of that.
The nation’s attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte today reported that up to 80% of young girls first sexual interaction is forced,(meaning they were raped).
The attorney general says the Andrew Holness led administration takes the issue of sexual violence seriously and is committed to doing all it can to ensure that the right laws and penalties are in place.
The Government may be best advised to look at the neglect of our young men and the lack of care being placed in their education and well-being.
If we do not arrest these disparities, I am afraid that the level of toxic masculinity being experienced in the rapes and killings thus far, will only be the tip of the iceberg.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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