Is “The Gender of Nuclear Disaster” a biased article?

Lyman Houghton

Dear DiaNuke, you know I love the work you are doing. But I am not ok with a recent article you posted: “The Gender of Nuclear Disaster” And this is why:Dear DiaNuke,I find the previous article called “The Gender of Nuclear Disaster” to be ethically and factually dishonest. It’s just male bashing with no good reason. He is factually just flat wrong.To me, this article you posted promotes discrimination, bias, stereotyping, generalization and sexism against men. And that is not OK. If your aim was to promote those unhealthy practices then you may well be doing it. If your aim was to push men away by words that blame and shame, then you are doing it.

If you notice, Drago, the author, is a male director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Women’s studies. Yes you might have guessed he is a token male amongst a vast majority of women administrators and staff. I can’t help but wonder if he is weakly trying to ingratiate himself to his women clients and cohorts. If you read this article, Drago, offers not one shred of evidence to support his accusations against men. Near the beginning he qualifies his worse than worthless argument by saying, “he could be wrong, but”. Then he goes rambling vaguely about. If he wanted to guess about who was in the antinuclear resistance in Japan in the 1960’s and 70’s he could have at least cracked a book and given us some names or numbers.

Drago could have talked about how the First Anti-nuclear organization in Japan, Sōka Gakkai was begun by two men, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and his colleague Josei Toda. In 1930. That of course was a long time before the nuclear power plants and even the atom bombs. This anti-nuke organization was based on the teachings of a Buddhist monk Nichiren (another man). These two men, along with other top leaders, were imprisoned in 1943, as “thought criminals.” Todo was imprisioned until after the atom bombs were dropped on Japan. And Makiguchi died in prison at 73 years old. Their organization claims today a membership of over 8.21 million members. These are more facts than Drago ever gave.

How dare you say that men do not care and do not care enough.

I also say Drago’s article is, “worse than worthless,” because this kind of male bashing does not engender cooperation and collaboration between women and men. It does not give reasons for men and women to celebrate their work together.

This article is clearly sexist to me and it is devaluing, so don’t include me in your generalizations and stereotypes. If the same things were said about women I would speak against them too.

I was going to write a lot longer article to point out all the reasons why this point of view is foolishness, dishonest and derogatory, but I have better things to do – mainly to help shut down the nuclear industry.

  • You and Star Priscilla like this.
    • Ace Hoffman I couldn’t find any useful facts in the article, either, and of course, was personally offended, but it is a fact that many nuke workers in the U.S. came out of the nuclear navy, where woman weren’t even allowed to serve (or “do time”) on submarines until just a few years ago, and where arrogance rules the waves and beneath them — be it male arrogance, military arrogance, technocrats’ arrogance, or whatever. Virtually every pro-nukers’ flaming email I’ve ever received was from a male.

      2 seconds ago ·

      The Gender of Nuclear Disaster

      NUCLEAR AND SOCIETY | | JUNE 1, 2011 AT 10:13 AM

      Is it that men tend to engage in reckless behavior while women are more cautious in the face of risk? A new poll shows that women in the U.S. are much less inclined than men to build new nuclear facilities in the country in the wake of the current Japanese crisis.

      Why would someone build six nuclear reactors 150 miles away from the center of metropolitan Tokyo, putting more than 30 million people in harm’s way?

      I could be wrong, but doubt that women were responsible for the decision to locate the reactors in Fukushima. I do not think women are inherently smarter or more responsible than men, but you have to wonder about an apparently male love of reckless behavior when, days after the nuclear disaster began unfolding in Japan (Tuesday the 15th to be precise), polling revealed that a solid majority of American men favored, and a solid majority of American women opposed, construction of new nuclear power plants in the United States.

      We could search far and wide for explanations, but the simplest and most obvious is provided by the example of Florence Nightingale. In case you do not know, the barrage of media messages asking us to help victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and developing nuclear disaster in Japan by donating to the Red Cross, involve an organization inspired by Florence Nightingale’s efforts to alleviate the pain and suffering of wounded soldiers in the Crimean War of the 1850’s (the organization was in fact founded by a man). She formalized what was and is often true in modern and not-so-modern societies: Men engage in reckless behavior and women clean up the human wreckage that results.

      Consider any vulnerable population in the U.S. today – whether it is infants and children, adults with disabilities, or the elderly who are frail – and you will find women performing most of the carework for these populations. And when anyone performs this work, and carries that level of responsibility, they tend to become a little more responsible in terms of policy options that might put more people at risk for needing care, for being hurt.

      I am not engaging in male-bashing here. Today’s American men are doing far more child care and other carework than their forefathers did. I know many young men who are proud of the fact that they took paternity leave when a child was born, and a growing though still small number of dads share child and elder care and housework equally with the women who are their partners. But that is not typical. Once it is, I suspect that the idea of building new nuclear power facilities will strike most men the same way it strikes me – as an act of lunacy.

      Robert Drago

      Robert Drago is Director of Research at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

      Lyman Houghton 9:15am Jun 1
      I’m a male and I do not condone the submarine culture and I do not condone pro-nuke positions and I do not condone any flaming email.What argument you setting up? Do you really want me to list all the ways that women abuse men? Are you trying to make the case that women are better than men? Do you want me to say that Oh ok Drago’s male bashing is acceptable? (I won’t) Are you expecting to win something or make it better by bashing anyone?

      If that is what you want then I will not be working with you to shut down the nuclear power industry. I will work with others who value and appreciate and respect the individual. I will not work with people who project their anger on others, blaming innocent people.

      I don’t have time for this sexist gender-drama. And I won’t work with women or men who make destructive generalizations about each other and who talk just like the abusers they hate so much.

      Wow!  I’ll be happy to block your posts from now on, and I’m sure others will, too.  I can’t recall the last time anyone accused me of being sexist, misogynistic, or even merely prejudiced against anyone since none of those titles will stick. You’re so out of line.  I was complimenting you for your comments, you fool.  BTW my mom was the last person to interview Simone de Beauvoir, and I’m sure my poor dear mother is rolling in her grave to hear you bash me like that. But go ahead, get your rocks off that way, and by all means, let’s be in different movements from now on.
      …and with that, of course, I blocked him.

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One Response to Is “The Gender of Nuclear Disaster” a biased article?

  1. Tim Seitz says:

    Anyone recall retired Admiral Hyman Rickover’s speech about nuclear power?

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