Once upon a time, people say, you could tell the plain truth about things and be admired for it. Now they make you shut up and call you, as it might be, racist, sexist, or homophobic. Ive had my quarrels with these people before and I expect I will again. But today I share their experience. I have a truth to tell which will offend people because it upsets the illusion that we are all equal. Here it is:
Women are better than men.
This is not hyperbole, rhetorical or otherwise. Nor is it a joke, though I confess myself slightly amused to imagine the offended huffing and puffing it will cause among some who pride themselves on being immune to offended huffing and puffing. It is, I admit, a generalization; but it is, I insist, a valid generalization.
Consider, as a parallel, the statement Women are shorter than men. Thats a generalization, but a valid one. It doesnt mean that women can walk upright under toilet stall doors while men frequently get their hair tangled in power lines. It doesnt even mean that the tallest woman is shorter than the shortest man. You cant falsify it by picking Gwendoline Christie as your exemplar of women and Peter Dinklage as your exemplar of men. No-one denies that the distributions overlap that many men are shorter than many women. But you still know perfectly well that women, in general, are shorter than men, in general.
Likewise, Im not claiming that all women are saints and all men are serial killers. Im not claiming that the worst woman in the world is better than the best man. I am claiming that women, in general, are of better moral character than men, in general. This claim being a generalization, you cant falsify it by picking, say, Ann Coulter as your woman versus William Kamkwamba as your man. And in case you didnt believe me the first time, this is neither a hyperbole nor a joke. So youre going to want some evidence, arent you?