This has been quite a week for gender relations here in the blogosphere, with the latest volley courtesy of the sweet and awesome KassyK.
To get all Sex and the City on you, I couldn't help but wonder...who has it worse, men or women? Let's find out by having a gender-centric pity party/social experiment!
I need your help. I need you to add, in the comments section, ways in which men have it worse than women, and women have it worse than men. Then I'll assign point totals as objectively as possible (I am, after all, an unreasonable, irrational, and squishy-brained woman).
We'll total it all up, and the gender with the most points is the Queen (or King) of the Pity Prom. Points are assigned based on relative onerousness of the gender burden, recency (I care more about current divorce inequities than the hazards of 19th century coal mines), and other important factors I'm sure I'll think of later.
Here are a few to start us off:
Menstruation, 50 points for women.
Prostate Exams, 10 points for the men.
The Taliban, 25 points for women.
Preference for mothers in custody hearings, 30 points for the men.
The Ground Rules:
This being the Internet, you may grab virtually any statistic via Google, and use it to back whatever spurious claim comes to mind. Citing statistics, no matter how tangential, gets you an extra 5 points.
Commenters may not personally insult one another. However, this being the Internet, general insanity is welcome. And debate? Go for it.
Gender traitorism welcome and encouraged - women, sell out your team by claiming childbirth isn't so bad after all, men, come on, go ahead and say you're more likely to be imprisoned due to your own foolishness.
Here I am, saving the world and answering deep questions. Awesome. Voting closes at NOON FRIDAY.
Have at it, gang.