Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Conversation claims that climate change hurts women more than men, because men from backward third world countries are selfish misogynists, who let their women go hungry, and who force women to do all the unpleasant, dangerous jobs.
According to The Conversation;
… Women are also more likely to be exposed to mosquito-borne diseases through their daily activities; water collection and food harvesting puts them in close contact with mosquitoes.
Warmer temperatures, especially when combined with higher humidity following flooding, enhance transmission of diseases such as malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Women who are pregnant are especially at risk from malaria, as are children. During a disease outbreak, it is women who typically provide care, which also erodes their economic productivity.
Increasing food insecurity also disproportionately affects women and girls. Women have greater requirements than men and boys for some nutrients, even before their hard physical labour is considered.
In some cultures, women and children do not eat until the men have had their fill, further risking their health when food is scarce. As food becomes increasingly scarce and expensive, women forego other essential items such as medicines, to feed their family. …
Even if we accept the sweeping generalisations of the article, that the key threat to poor women is misbehaviour by misogynist men from backward countries, how could it possibly improve their circumstances, if we immolate our first world economies on the altar of green idiocy?
In the West, the rise of technology and women’s liberation are inextricably intertwined. The rise of machines replaced the need for raw physical strength, with the need for patience, dexterity, intelligence and attention to detail – qualities which women can supply as easily as men.
If anyone seriously wants to help women from backward cultures, then help their countries industrialise – give them access to education, cheap energy, technology and trade opportunities, so they can follow the same path to modernity which liberated our women.