Did the Victorians have the right idea? Was the Suffragette movement genuinely a threat to good social order?

Was it all a gigantic mistake, letting women vote?

Because, if we’re looking for where to blame the dominance of wokeism, we only have to go as far the ladies’ room.

Three out of five women view ‘woke’ ideas positively, but only one out of seven men.

Oskari Lahtinen, Construction and validation of a scale for assessing critical social justice attitudes

This reflects a similar phenomenon observed in other countries, and, in America, particularly in the younger generation.

But why?

Journalist Tim Poole argues that men tend to be more object-oriented, women more people-oriented. That is, that men will tend to view problems through the lens of what must be done, while women view them through the lens of how they feel about it. Psychologists agree, citing comedian Jason Headly’s It’s Not About the Nail video as a paradigm example:

So, when it comes to problems like the so-called “gender pay gap”, men will tend to argue that it’s just a function of hours worked, etc., and that’s that. There’s a nail in your head. Women, though, tend to see only that it’s “unfair”.

A lecturer on drug and alcohol abuse reports the same phenomenon when trying to explain drinking within one’s limits to high school classes. When he says — perfectly correctly — that females tend to be less tolerant of alcohol due to their physiology, the girls all fold their arms, scowl, and say, “That’s not fair”. The obvious solution, that girls shouldn’t try and match the boys drink for drink, gets lost in a sea of hurty feelings.

Apply that sort of thinking to anything from crime-and-race statistics to illegal immigration, and you get wokeism.

Of course, like everything about humans, it’s not perfectly clear cut. Notably, women in more “masculine” professions are markedly less woke.

Discussing the striking gender divide in the Finland study, Hannah Sparks noted in the New York Post,

“This was especially true of women in fields such as social sciences, education, and humanities. By contrast, participants who worked in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] were more likely to critique social justice efforts associated with being woke.”

Does this provide a further key to understanding this gender divide?

Well, STEM prioritises logic and dispassionate analysis. Or it did, before the girls started peddling guff like “Indigenous science” and screeching like fishwives at anyone who pointed out that “Maori ways of knowing” are Stone Age superstitions.

To the extent, then, that today’s culture puts more of an emphasis on feeling rather than rational analysis, and to the extent that woke ideology is feeling-oriented more than fact oriented, it makes sense that more women would be woke than men, especially among young people […]

And because woke ideology is not based on truth and it turns people inward on themselves, it is unhealthy emotionally.

The Good Sauce

To apply that much-derided male problem-solving mentality, then, if you want to cure wokeism, strip women of the right to vote.

At least, until they can demonstrate dispassionate, logical reasoning ability. Perhaps a critical thinking test alongside a basic civics test.

Call it a modest proposal.

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