Sunday, October 30, 2016
South Korea Shows Women's Rarity Does Not Entail More Respectful Treatment
Some economists think that if women are rare, they will be treated with greater respect.
South Korea tests this hypothesis. They have an unusual combination of a gross excess of men due to widespread sex-selection abortions twenty and thirty years ago and a very low fertility rate. This should be the ideal circumstance for men, hoping to marry the rarer women and have children, treating them with greater respect.
Instead, South Korea has among the ugliest gender wars in the world. The nascent feminist movement has generated an intense and open backlash among men. This is especially true of unemployed men, as the South Korean economy has been slow to recover at the very time that women are significantly increasing their education and job-seeking.
South Korea - along with similarly situated Japan and Hong Kong - are the rare developed countries in which the female murder rate exceeds the male. (For comparison, in the U.S. men are murdered more than three times as often as women.) This is because the South Korean domestic violence rate is very high. Women are safe on the streets from strangers, but at much more risk from boyfriends and (ex-) husbands at home.