Commenting on a Finland-based study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Oskari Lahtinen, the author of the study, said,

“The gender divide was probably most surprising to me. Three out of five women view ‘woke’ ideas positively, but only one out of seven men.”

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

But why?

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While trying to downplay the significance of all this, Rose Horowitch began her March 12, 2024 article in The Atlantic with this ominous-sounding summary:

“Judging by recent headlines, young men and women are more politically divided now than ever before. ‘A new global gender divide is emerging,’ the Financial Times data journalist John Burn-Murdoch wrote in a widely cited January article. Burn-Murdoch’s analysis featured several eye-popping graphs that appeared to show a huge ideological rift opening up between young men and young women over the past decade. The implications—for politics, of course, but also for male-female relations and, by extension, the future of the species—were alarming. A New York Times opinion podcast convened to discuss, according to the episode title, ‘The Gender Split and the ‘Looming Apocalypse of the Developed World.’’ The Washington Post editorial board warned, ‘If attitudes don’t shift, a political dating mismatch will threaten marriage.’”

Horowitch downplayed the data because, “The much-theorized political rift has yet to show up in actual voting behavior.” But the rift itself cannot be denied, and the Finland study provides further documentation.

The question, again, is why? 

While discussing this on the way to the airport with my assistant Brandon, who is very well read and quite astute, he suggested, “Could this explain why Barbie was such a massive success in contrast with the recent, very woke, male-oriented superhero movie series which have bombed?” The former appeal to young women; the latter to young men. And young women lean much farther to the left; young men much farther to the right.

On the surface of things, without doing a deep demographic dive into the viewers of these movies, this makes perfect sense.

This prompted David Limbaugh to repost Wolfe’s post with the comment, “Is it fair to say that we are now a full-blown pagan society?”

Yes, it is quite fair — at least for those celebrating the Biden proclamation and for the symbolic significance of this act, emanating from the White House itself.

We’ve Been Long on the Slippery Slope

Of course, this twisted trend (in the name of compassion and, at times, “Christian” love) is nothing new. That’s why, in February 2020 I wrote an article titled, “As We Mindlessly Careen Our Way Down the Slippery Slope.”

It began with these words: “Is anyone surprised that HGTV recently featured its first “throuple,” in this case, a man and two women? But what else should we expect? This is the inevitable direction of our society’s slippery slide down. The avalanche goes downward, not upward.”

In that regard, we have been in moral freefall for many years, with Christian philosophers like Francis Schaeffer calling America a “post-Christian nation” over 50 years ago.

As noted by Elliot Clark in December 2020, “Yes, back in 1970, Schaeffer says the United States— not just continental Europe — was already post-Christian. He writes about the reality of historic Christianity becoming the minority in the West, stripped of cultural power and influence.” (Schaeffer also had this prescient warning: “in this situation, Schaeffer identifies a great danger for evangelicals: taking sides with political elites in order to retain comfort, affluence, and personal peace. In the face of societal chaos and upheaval, Schaeffer doesn’t want Christians to compromise for the sake of short-lived comfort.”)

So, to repeat, we have been in spiritual and moral and cultural decline for decades, despite, as I noted above, some positive developments in the midst of the decay.

And it is true that, back in 1944, nine years before the first edition of Playboy was published, Rev. Peter Marshall declared, “Surely the time has come, because the hour is late, when we must decide. And the choice before us is plain — Yahweh or Baal. Christ or chaos. Conviction or compromise. Discipline or disintegration.”

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Similarly, in 1959, Prof. Robert Coleman proclaimed, “In a day when unprecedented numbers of people have a form of religion while at the same time the church seems unable to stem the rising tide of degeneracy that threatens the land, the question must be raised: Why this paradox? Should not the church have influence for righteousness in proportion to her numbers? However one may seek to answer this question, it is obvious that what we need is not more religion, but more power. In short, we need real revival!”

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?

And then this:

“However, the most concerning finding was the relationship between mental health and agreement with the scale. Specifically, researchers found a high prevalence of anxiety and depression in people who believe the statement ‘If white people have on average a higher income than black people, it is because of racism.’ More broadly, they found that those who identified as left-wing were most likely to report lower mental well-being.”

Commenting on the study, Fox’s Greg Gutfeld said,

“The woke are more likely to be mentally ill. Wokeism is an avenue for people who are mentally unwell because it indulges in feelings of hopelessness and victimhood. It offers a low bar to grasp for meaning. Suddenly, your irrationality becomes a movement.” 

In my view, Gutfeld might be confusing the symptom with the cause.

In other words, rather than “wokeism” being “an avenue for people who are mentally unwell,” the reality is that “wokeism” leads to mental unwellness.

This would correlate with the higher percentage of woke females (especially in the younger generation) who in turn struggle with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

But that still doesn’t explain the gender divide.

Why are more women woke? 

It is interesting to note that, while more boys successfully commit suicide than girls, due to their use of more lethal force, “The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) by the CDC found that in 2019, 11% of female students attempted suicide compared to 6.6% of male students” (cited by AI).

Not only so, but,

“The suicide rate for teenage girls has been increasing faster than for teenage boys in recent years. Between 2007 and 2018, the suicide rate for females aged 10-24 increased by 70%, while the rate for males increased by 38%.”

This is as concerning as it is striking. 

As far as transgender identity among young people, in particular that which is called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” where a teenager suddenly and without prior warning identifies as transgender, Elizabeth Boskey posted this data on the VeryWellHealth site: 

  • 2023: Rapid-onset gender dysphoria is four times more common among those assigned female [sic] at birth than male (82.8%).
  • The average age for coming out as trans to parents was 15.2 years.
  • Almost two-thirds (62.5%) had a prior mental health disorder or neurodevelopment disability diagnosis.

This, too, is as striking as it is concerning.

How, then, do we put all this together?

It is generally understood that girls mature more rapidly than boys. On the flip side, girls tend to be more touchy-feely than boys, and emotional responses are often considered more acceptable among women than men.

(How many times have we been told that it’s OK for a man to cry? Women don’t need to be told this.)

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.

The same would hold true for the finding from Finland, cited above that, “women in fields such as social sciences, education, and humanities” are more woke than those “who worked in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics].”

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

Perhaps what we’re witnessing today relates to that old Churchill adage,

“Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over thirty who is not a conservative has no brains.”

Today, this is also working itself out along gender lines, not in a hard and fast way but in a consistent enough way that it can be documented.

Does this explain it all? 

This article was first published here.

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Dr Michael L Brown is host of the daily, USA nationally-syndicated talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Dr. Brown is the author of more than 35 books and thousands of articles available at his website, AskDrBrown.org. A national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, he has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV, and college campuses. His articles are republished in The Good Sauce with permission. [more]

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