So what if Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks women don’t make good presidents? Well, at least we now all know what Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte really thinks. That’s way better than all those wokes out there who habitually signal the virtuousness of their “inclusive” pretensions but are less than virtuous — and far more exclusive — behind closed doors when clucking amongst their chi chi amigas.
More importantly, one’s gotta ask: How are those so-called “feminists” who assert that women can do a “better” job than men any different? Isn’t that being just as prejudiced as Duterte is being accused of? Take the latest ululation of “vice presdient” Leni Robredo, for example. Robredo, as expected, chimes in on the whole brouhaha over Duterte’s latest honest statement with her trademark dishonest take on the matter reportedly pointing out that the “best performing” states when it came to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are all “led by women”.
“We’re surrounded by countries where the leaders are women. During the pandemic, the best-performing states were led by women,” she said, possibly referring to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern who earned worldwide praise for successfully keeping COVID-19 cases down to a minimum in their countries. “We don’t have to address this point by point,” Robredo added.
Is there a scientific basis for this? Not by a stretch. Robredo makes use of a classic logical fallacy as bases for this recent dimwit Leni-ism — equating correlation to causation. Just because a woman happened to be a leader in a country that happened to be good at responding to the COVID-19 pandemic does not mean said women being leaders of said countries were the cause of the good handling of said crises there. The related fallacy post hoc ergo propter hoc also applies — that just because a woman became leader of a state that went on to handle the pandemic crisis well does not necessarily mean said woman becoming leader caused that outcome.
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Robredo basically stumbles all over herself to combat prejudice with prejudice in equal measure. Worse, she uses dishonest science to make her halfwit pronouncements!
It is also worth noting that Robredo’s dim brainwave is not even an original one. The whole dishonest idea that women leaders are “better” crisis leaders than men comes from Chinese “feminist” Leta Hong Fincher, author of, wait for it, Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China who, in an op-ed piece published back in April 2020 on, you guessed it, CNN made this laughable assertion:
In New Zealand, the prime minister took early action to shut down tourism and impose a month-long lockdown on the entire country, limiting coronavirus casualties to just nine deaths.
All three places have received accolades for their impressive handling of the coronavirus pandemic. They are scattered across the globe: one is in the heart of Europe, one is in Asia and the other is in the South Pacific.
But they have one thing in common: they’re all led by women.
The interesting thing about Fincher’s “observation” is that she notes that these countries are “all multi-party democracies with high levels of public trust in their governments”. Funny that. Fincher unwittingly shoots her very “thesis” that women leaders are better than men in the foot. If these states were all excellent high-trust states to begin with, then there will have been a higher probability that any leader of those lands — whether male, female, straight, gay, trans, or non-human — will have presided over a world-class crisis response just the same.
Leni Robredo essentially does a grave disservice to the feminist “movement”. A person of her stature associating dishonest rhetoric to an otherwise worthy cause degrades its credibility. If Robredo wants to be a noted feminist “thought leader”, she needs to school herself in modern thinking. Simply parroting other people’s thinking is downright mediocre statesmanship. Parroting wrong arguments makes her, quite simply, a fool. Feminists should do themselves a favour and tell Robredo and other moron virtue signallers like her to sit down and leave the feminism to to real activists.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.