Authored by: Matt Palumbo
If you needed any more evidence that the mainstream media will run with any story that titillates their liberal tendencies, look no further than the reporting on a survey claiming that the United States is one of the top 10 worst countries to be a woman. You’d think the survey’s insane conclusion would be enough to dismiss it, and in the media’s reading reporting on the study, it’s clear nobody bothered to dig into the results.
Here’s how the mainstream media reported on the claim:
- “Trump’s America Now Ranks Among Top Ten Most Dangerous Countries for Women in the World.” – Common Dreams
- “India most dangerous country for women, US ranks 10th in survey.” – CNN
- “U.S. makes the list of top 10 most dangerous countries for women.” – The Hill
- “Experts Ranked the Most Dangerous Countries for Women. The U.S. Made the Top 10.” – Fortune Magazine
The survey, conducted and published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, surveyed 550 “experts on women issues,” and concluded that the worst countries for women are India, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Nigeria, and the United States.
So, how did they reach the conclusion that it’s worse to be a woman in the U.S. than in North Korea, Egypt, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ethiopia, and countless other countries? Next to the U.S.’s ranking in 10th place, Reuters offers the following explanation “The only Western nation in the top 10 and joint third with Syria for the risks women face in terms of sexual violence, including rape, sexual harassment, coercion into sex and a lack of access to justice in rape cases. The survey came after the #MeToo campaign went viral last year, with thousands of women using the social media movement to share stories of sexual harassment or abuse.”
The survey consisted of six different categories: healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, and human trafficking. And in case you’re wondering why they brought up the “#MeToo campaign,” that’s because the entire survey was based on perceptions of danger from 550 “experts,” interviewed over the phone not actual objective statistics. The second-wave feminist Christina Hoff Sommers contacted Reuters to inquire about their methodology, and they admitted as much.
In Reuters’ words, “data does not tell the whole picture. Nor do perception polls tell the whole picture. But experts who know the situation on the ground can shed light on this.”” So when the survey claims that the U.S. is the world’s third worst country when it comes to sexual violence against women, the survey is literally not relying on any statistics.
To illustrate just how absurd the survey is if taken at face value, according to the Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness:
- Experts ranked the U.S. the third-worst country for the category “Sexual Violence.” That puts us just between Syria and Congo, the latter once called “the rape capital of the world.”
- The U.S. also ranked sixth in Non-Sexual Violence, “including conflict-related violence and forms of domestic physical and mental abuse.” That leaves us just before Saudi Arabia, where women recently gained the right to drive.
- According to “women’s experts,” there are 183 countries where women are better off living than the U.S.
And what happens when we examine the safety of women by actually using statistics? If ranked by the percentage of each country’s female population that has been the victim of a serious crime over the past year (source: pages 40-41), in 2017, the U.S. was the ninth safest country for women. How depressing is it that the media will rush to publish a story on how awful of a country the U.S. is for women, but not one representing reality?
If anything, this Reuters survey confirms an adage; that the amount of energy necessary to refute nonsense is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.”