Hello, John. I acknowledge the stats you listed, yet they don't tell the whole story. There are other stats -- just as valid -- that show that men are often less fortunate than women. Consider:
You stated: "In Canada, women are three times more likely to be murdered by their spouses than men. . . In the United States, women are five times more likely to be beaten or otherwise abused by their spouses. Four women per day die from this. . . . Women are raped or otherwise sexually assaulted six times more often than men, and those who are victims an average of 2.9 times within the year. This amounts to one in six women."
OK . . but if you look at the FBI's "Uniform Crime Report," you see repeatedly that MEN are many, MANY times more likely to be the victims of violent crime and to die as a result of violent crimes than are women. Of course, most of the offenders are also men. I didn't say that men are often injured or killed by women (though a certain number are). It makes no difference to me whether I would be beaten or killed by a woman or by another man -- either way, I am just as injured, and just as dead. I think it would be SEXIST for anyone to say that the gender of the offender makes a difference. I don't deserve to die just because I am a man and more men are criminals!
In the U.S., the average life expectancy of women is 7 YEARS longer than for men. While the common presumption (often stated by feminists) is that women are underserved by the medical community (amongst, they say, countless others), males are more likely to die at every age than females, have onset of heart disease approximately 10 years sooner than women, and those men who live to old age are generally less well, mentally and physically, than their female counterparts. Of course, people attribute the difference to innate biological differences between men and women (makes me wonder HOW MUCH LONGER they think females should outlive males if medical care were "equal"). Fine and good, but in any other indice in which males out-perform females, I never hear that difference described as "natural." Whether it is specialized physical training to try to close the strength gap in cities' safety forces or in the military . . or if it is female-only math or science classes . . today, we don't ever really accept a natural gender superiority unless it is in an area where women excel over men.
You stated: "In the U.S, women on average earn about 75% or what their male collegues may make ("African American" women average 66%, and "Latin American" women average about 55%)." Have you seen/read the study that compared male and female workers and conclude that the wage difference is much less for men/women who don't interrupt that work career by taking time off to be with their children? The study I read about stated that the average salaries of female workers who continued to work was 98% that of male workers. One other comforting thought (if you're concerned about the plight of females in the workforce): Much of the gender wage disparity today is amongst older workers, which is a historical artifact -- 20-30+ years ago, males pursued higher-paying jobs at much higher rates than women of the same age. So, it only makes sense that today's senior professionals and managers are disproportionately male. However, as more women have entered tradionally male-dominated, higher-paying professions, the wage disparities are gradually vanishing. In fact , young women are pursuing college educations, including graduate degrees in many fields, at higher rates than men. As women increasingly fill the ranks of professions, and as the manufacturing/factory jobs that were once mainstays of the male workforce continue to dwindle, the prospect is that women in the future will have HIGHER incomes than their male counterparts.
I want to continue, but this is getting long and I'll take it to a new post . . . .