THREAD: A New Approach to Measuring Gender Inequality The most common measures of national gender inequality (e.g., the GGGI) have a number of flaws, not least of which is that they ignore hardships experienced disproportionately by boys and men. [1/3]
Across nations, “low levels of human development are typically associated with disadvantages for girls and women, while medium and high levels of development are typically associated with disadvantages for boys and men.”
Using a new index of gender inequality, in 68% of countries men have worse outcomes (often due to health/lifespan). In 32%, women lag behind (often due to education). Women more likely to lag behind in developing countries and excel in developed countries.
"We found that low levels of human development are typically associated with disadvantages for girls and women, while medium and high levels of development are typically associated with disadvantages for boys and men."
"Countries with the highest levels of human development are closest to gender parity, albeit typically with a slight advantage for women."
Using this new measure, Stoet and Geary have turned up some interesting and unexpected findings regarding patterns of gender inequality across nations. [3/3]
I have used the Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) in previous research, but in future will use the new Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) which offers a much simpler and more rational way of measuring gender inequality
This groundbreaking study into inequality (which also takes into account disadvantages facing men & boys) not only shows that Britain ranks second in the entire world for gender equality, but it actually favours women
Accordingly, Stoet and Geary have proposed a new measure – the Basic Index of Gender Inequality (or BIGI) – which they argue gives a more accurate picture of overall levels of gender inequality. [2/3]
In my 2015 American Sociologist article, I argued that scholars ignore "inconvenient facts" when everyone in a discipline shares the same ideology. This is a great article about facts that were neglected in the derivation of the Global Gender Gap Index.
🚨New study compared male/female well-being across globe by 3 criteria: healthy life span, education & life satisfaction. In 91 (68%) of the 131 countries (including USA) men more disadvantaged than women; in 43 (32%) countries, women more disadvantaged.
A more sophisticated approach to the damnable "gender inequality" problem:
Study on gender inequalities finds that in developed countries, Canada especially, women hold advantage over men
6. Let's look at macro statistics first. Stoet and Geary (2019) calculated a Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) based on education, years of healthy life expectancy, and life satisfaction. They found that 91/134 countries *disadvantaged men*.